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± Nothing; A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7290.869 (Published 07 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:869
  1. John Quin, consultant physician
  1. Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton

    ± Nothing


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    Paul Morley

    Faber and Faber, £11.99, pp 426

    ISBN 0 571 17799 9

    A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius


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    Dave Eggers

    Picador, £14.99, pp 395

    ISBN 0 330 48454 0

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    You have only to watch the news to see the modern media's take on ordinary human tragedy. The media sweeten the distress and horror, turning it into entertainment. The modern talk show, an oily slick of self disclosure, shows no sign of disappearing from our televisions. With this in mind, how might …

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