The things I put myself through for this blog.
That there on the left is a picture of my copy of Richard Littlejohn's novel 'To Hell in a Handcart', which I am assured becomes more complex than Tolstoy after 200 pages. I am wading through this so I can save you the bother. I'm just past page 200, and it's not Tolstoy yet.
Things I have thus far learned:
Liberals are gay (or have gay offspring/ex-spouses).
Communist plotters read the Guardian.
Romanians and Gypsies are theiving criminals. Greeks are alright because they open restaurants.
Littlejohn was especially interested in homosexuals and gay jokes in 2001.
If you're a writer and you want to have a dig at someone you don't like, you can always include a bad character with a similar name (e.g. the 'chief pikey' is called Seamus Milne).
Lawyers can always get someone off on a technicality if they feel like it. Every time.
They do this a lot.
If you're proud of a not-very-subtle joke or point you think might be too subtle for your readers, have one of your characters explain it in full.
This makes jokes much better.
Littlejohn might actually think his readers are cretins.
That's just a taster for now. I'll post a full review when I finish the book.