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Non-fiction is an account or representation of a subject which is presented as fact. This presentation may be accurate or not; that is, it can give either a true or a false account of the subject in question. However, it is generally assumed that the authors of such accounts believe them to be truthful at the time of their composition. Non-fiction is one of the two main divisions in writing, particularly used in libraries, the other being fiction. However, non-fiction need not be written text necessarily, since pictures and film can also purport to present a factual account of a subject.

Book review: The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby



If this was a CD, it would be a limited edition compilation of new music selected by Badly Drawn Boy, given away free to reviewers.

Book review: Homegrown Democrat by Garrison Keillor



If this was a family, they’d play sport on Saturday, go to church on Sunday, all have at least one degree or formal qualification, read recreationally, and have a number of surprisingly earthy in-jokes, some of which would turn up in junior’s first novel.

Book review: The Official Razzie Movie Guide by John Wilson



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Black background, dull text, and a blurry black-and-white screen grab of a man in an unconvincing gorilla suit flipping us off. (This admittedly apt image comes from a film called A*P*E, one of the first to be reviewed inside the book.)

Book review: Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman



If this was… I was going to give Klosterman the honour (sic) of comparing him to Motley Crue but I just can’t do it. It would belie the very valid points he makes about the nature of their appeal (Klosterman is NOT cool, and would never pretend to be – indeed his nebbish outsiderness is something he’s proud of). Got it – if this was thirty years old it would be the book Lester Bangs wrote about the music he loved and never got around to publishing because it was a bit too self-obsessed even for him.

Book review: The Truth (With Jokes) by Al Franken



If this was a TV program, it would be the Daily Show Election Special where they actually say what they feel.

Book review: Dave Barry’s Complete Guide To Guys by Dave Barry



If this was a beverage, it would be a deliciously cold lager shandy, placed in your eager hand by a friend on a hot summer’s day.

Book review: Continental Drifter by Tim Moore



If this was a song, it would be Greensleeves, played on a humorously cheap synthesizer while you are distracted and hungover and yet find yourself becoming disproportionately emotional in response.

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