The Curse of Ka’Zar

Papers at the moment full of snow and lists and it’s easy to miss something important. According to Oliver Marre, UK publishing is set to hit a new low in 2010. 

Vernon Kay – a television presenter so peace-destroyingly annoying that he makes me not only want to turn off the box but throw things at it – is writing a book. It’s not a memoir, though: that would be too easy to ignore. Instead, he is writing a state of the nation investigative tome. And more terrible still, it’s exploring territory already trod by John Prescott, as Vern is taking for his subject the north-south divide.

A sneak preview of some of the contents from his publisher says he will explore the ‘quirks and customs’ of the British, including attempting to ascertain whether a Scot will deep-fry his shoe, and commuters on a London bus will join in his singalong as enthusiastically as those on an equivalent Bolton bus.

This exciting project is being brought to us by the Michael Joseph imprint of Penguin. Thanks, guys.

‘People in different parts of the country can vary slightly in speech, customs and outlook’

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