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Fourth Estate 2003 0007171374 / 9780007171378 First Hardcover F/NF 
A wonderful tight clean copy,a first edition protected in a new brodart wra pper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE /BOMC edition. A writer's public life is not -- as is often thought -- a round of glamorou s parties, prize-acceptance speeches, and triumphant readings to amphitheat res full of loyal, cheering fans; it is, in fact, a grim treadmill of humil iation and neglect. Mortification sets the record straight, once and for al l. A collection of seventy specially commissioned contributions -- true sto ries of public indignity by some of our finest living writers -- this is a celebration of defeat, and a chance to indulge in that most malicious of pl easures: schadenfreude. You will read about dashed hopes and collapsing bowels, thwarted desire and unimpeded drinking; of fans queuing up for Stephen King's blood; Margaret Drabble bidding at a mock slave auction in Dallas; Louis de Bernières and the S&M prostitute; A. L. Kennedy's disintegrating trousers; William Boyd endorsing Shake 'n' Vac; Margaret Atwood's on-air brush with the Colostomy Association; about an author wanting to kill a member of her audience or another succeeding (accidentally) in killing his host's beloved pet. 
Price: 800.00 JPY
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