Mixing parody, literary criticism, profiles, satire, light verse, anagrams, and social observation, ‘Haywire’ gathers together the finest examples of Craig Brown’s writing across the past fifteen years.
From Mary Berry’s ‘Household Tips’ to Robert Macfarlane’s poetic prose, from profiles of such diverse figures as Sigmund Freud, John Stonehouse and Katie Price to parodies of Jacob Rees-Mogg and Mary Beard; from appreciations of the Marx Brothers and Les Dawson to essays on Brian Epstein and the slippery art of biography, ‘Haywire’ contains a bumper selection of work by the writer described by the Sunday Times as “our greatest living satirist”.
Craig Brown’s last book, ‘One Two Three Four’, won the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. His previous book, ‘Ma’am Darling’, won the James Tait Black Prize for Biography and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has written for many publications, including the Guardian, Daily Mail, New York Times, Spectator and Private Eye.
“The most screamingly funny living writer”.
“The greatest satirist since Max Beerbohm”.
“Craig Brown’s humour will outlive his victims. His journalism is one of the few compensations for being British now”.