Charlie Brooker – I can make you hate

Somehow, over two years have slipped by since the last collection of Charlie Brooker’s work, The Hell of it All, appeared. So I was very happy when this new collection came out recently, and once I’d finished Peter F Hamilton’s latest epic, it moved to top reading position on my Kindle. In the intervening period of desolation, Charlie stopped writing the Screen Burn column in the Guardian[1], so this book contains more of his other work rather than being an equal split of TV reviews[2] and columns. There are even some of his glorious rants from Screenwipe and 10 O’Clock Live.

I’ve read some of the pieces before, either in the dead tree editions or online, but many of them were new to me, or had slipped my mind in the time since they were first published, which amounts to the same thing. I was particularly happy to revisit Charlie’s revelations that our current Prime Minister, David Cameron is in fact a lizard. I remember the fun on Twitter at the time when some lizard sympathisers tried to stop Charlie from continuing to reveal the dreadful truth about Cameron, some of them making the dreadful thread of unfollowing Charlie if he didn’t stop. Fortunately, it takes a lot more than that to stop Charlie from continuing with a good rant.

Like all his previous books, this gave me loads of laugh out loud moments, and a lot of smiles between them. And as before, there’s a useful and funny index. Buy it now. Right now. Stop reading this, you should be buying Charlie’s books. Go on, get on with it!

[1] Oddly enough, I stopped bothering to get the Guardian on Saturdays after that…
[2] Charlie’s TV reviews are of the kind that save you from watching TV…