Festival of WHAT?

Old Jan 27th 2013, 7:04 am
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I suppose if Deep Purple can headline a Jazz Festival then it isn't stretching things too much further to have, gulp, Jeffrey Archer headline a Festival of Literature???

http://www.emirateslitfest.com./

Still though.......
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Originally Posted by Miss Anne Thrope View Post
I suppose if Deep Purple can headline a Jazz Festival then it isn't stretching things too much further to have, gulp, Jeffrey Archer headline a Festival of Literature???

http://www.emirateslitfest.com./

Still though.......


That's awful!
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Originally Posted by Miss Anne Thrope View Post
I suppose if Deep Purple can headline a Jazz Festival then it isn't stretching things too much further to have, gulp, Jeffrey Archer headline a Festival of Literature???

http://www.emirateslitfest.com./

Still though.......
270m book sales across only a few of his fiction books

and...
He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (fifteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).
Might be a bit of a weapon but...you know...
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[QUOTE=Scamp;10508153]270m book sales across only a few of his fiction books

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Just goes to show how stupid people vastly outnumber intelligent ones!



*yes I have read one or two of his books - in my defence i was about 13
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270m book sales across only a few of his fiction books

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Just goes to show how stupid people vastly outnumber intelligent ones!



*yes I have read one or two of his books - in my defence i was about 13
Possibly true, but fiction is fiction. Not only idiots read fantasy.
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Possibly true, but fiction is fiction. Not only idiots read fantasy.
But Archer doesn't write fantasy or at least the couple I read weren't - i've been known to read fantasy i.e. Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams etc.
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But Archer doesn't write fantasy or at least the couple I read weren't - i've been known to read fantasy i.e. Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams etc.
I said fantasy but meant fiction really, just didn't want to say fiction again.

Read it as:


Possibly true, but fiction is fiction. Not only idiots read fiction.
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Whatever Archer writes (and plagiarises, let's not forget) it is surely not literature which is what this festival purports to be celebrating. Neither is that Giraffes dancing and business book nonsense for that matter. Aiming surely for the lowest common denominator which, alas, would hardly be a first for Dubai...
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I said fantasy but meant fiction really, just didn't want to say fiction again.

Read it as:


Possibly true, but fiction is fiction. Not only idiots read fiction.
He's still awful!
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He's still awful!
I don't dispute that but would it surprise you if the organisers did no homework and just saw some impressive sales figures and signed him up?
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I don't dispute that but would it surprise you if the organisers did no homework and just saw some impressive sales figures and signed him up?
good point - but surely there is someone who has read a book at some point in their lives making the decisions?
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good point - but surely there is someone who has read a book at some point in their lives making the decisions?
I genuinely don't know if it would be that well thought through...
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I genuinely don't know if it would be that well thought through...
I think they knew exactly what they were getting and consciously went for the big-name celebrities rather than proper authors. It wouldn't surprise me if Jordan is on next year's list.

Meanwhile, I'm also unsure how they reconcile promoting a festival headlined by such a despicable ex-criminal (destroying other peoples' careers by lying under oath about paying off a prosititute, remember?) with the various sanctimonious public pronouncements about the need to respect Dubai's cultural sensitivities.
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Actually, I rather enjoyed Cain & Abel...

ETA: Sorry, that should be Kane & Abel.

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On the Deep Purple thing............ they are most famous for their appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival (immortalised in 'Smoke On The Water') so nothing unusual there........

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