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Great hates 5: Charlie Brooker

By Tom Chatfield  

Almost everything you need to know about Charlie Brooker’s forthcoming book, Dawn of the Dumb, can be inferred from its index, which sublimely combines functionality with art. Where else could you find an alphabetised list that includes entries like these:

Blair, Tony, 21, 39, 163, 224; enjoys fictitious threesome, 269; 287; glorious bloodsoaked legacy of, 290-91

God, conclusive proof of non-existence of, 73-4

Walliams, David, enjoying sexual intercourse with potato, 72

Amusing, yes, but also very handy, as the 338 pages of Brooker’s latest offering form a veritable Bible of hate for modern times: a withering compendium of put-downs, snap-judgements…

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