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Book Title: Whatever Love Means|
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The author of the book: David Baddiel
Edition: Little Brown and Company
Date of issue: October 5th 2000
ISBN 13: 9780349113920
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Reader ratings: 4.9
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This is a book about grief. It opens with the most ludicrous grief of all - that which swept Britain following the death of Princess Diana. If you were around at that time, then you'll recognise the feeling of that time that the book conveys so well. And if, like some of the characters in this book - and like me - you were completely baffled at the mania and mass mourning that ensued, this book might help to articulate something of the feelings you felt at the time, but were not able to say (or maybe, like me, you said them anyway). The latter sections of the book carry the theme of grief further - Baddiel takes grief from the very public (i.e. crying people outside Kensington Palace) to the more acceptable form of mourning we reserve for each other - a 'private' grief'. Indeed, Baddiel notes that grief should be public - it should be spoken of, shared. But it seems that only when it's someone we seemingly thought was immune to death - someone exalted - are we able to express it, albeit in a freakish.
This book won't be for everyone. It's very British in tone and reference. The characters are self-centered and pretentious in that particularly 'London' way. At times the clues Baddiel plants are all too obvious, and in parts I felt like he had found a GCSE science book and wrote a book around it, forming the plot in order to show off his scientific knowledge. The outlook the book presents is bleak, and the twists it takes are dark. Much like life, then.
Kept me turning the pages - whatever that means.
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Read information about the authorDavid Lionel Baddiel is an English comedian, novelist and television presenter. Baddiel was born in New York, and moved to England when he was four months old. He grew up in grew up in Dollis Hill, Willesden, North London.
After studying at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Elstree, he read English at King's College, Cambridge and graduated with a double first. He began studies for a PhD in English at University College London, but did not complete it.
Baddiel became a cabaret stand-up comedian after leaving university and also wrote sketches and jokes for various radio series. His first television appearance came in a bit-part on one episode of the showbiz satire, Filthy, Rich and Catflap. In 1988, he was introduced to Rob Newman, a comic impressionist, and the two became a writing partnership. They were subsequently paired up with the partnership of Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis for a new topical comedy show for BBC Radio 1 called The Mary Whitehouse Experience, and its success led to a transfer to television, shooting Baddiel to fame.
He has written four novels: Time for Bed, Whatever Love Means, The Secret Purposes and The Death of Eli Gold.
Baddiel has two children, both born in Westminster, London, with his girlfriend, Morwenna Banks.
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