Magazine article The Spectator

BOOKEND S - Disarming but Disingenuous

Magazine article The Spectator

BOOKEND S - Disarming but Disingenuous

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At first glance, Be th e Worst You Can Be (Booth-Clibborn Editions, £9.99) by Charles Saatchi (pictured above with his wife, Nigella Lawson) seems a rather distinguished book, with its gilt pages bound in what feels like genuine Gnomitex, and this impression persists until one begins to read it .

The title page explains the format - 'Charles Saatchi answers questions from journalists and reader s' - and the first page sets the tone : 'If you had a bumper- sticker on your car, ' asks a journalist or reader, 'what would it be? ' And or modern Maecenas replies: 'Jesus loves you.

But I'm his favourite.' (Boom boom! ) So it's not a distinguished book. It's a toilet book.

Nothing wrong with that, of course. My favourites in the genre are Bacon's Essays and Thackeray 's Book of Snobs. …

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