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From one of the country’s most eminent reviewers and academics, a delightfully sceptical and devastatingly intelligent assessment of the true value of art.
'Exhilarating and suggestive ... Professor John Carey is at his most acerbic, combative and impassioned in this brilliant polemic.'
An informative, thought-provoking and entertaining book on a subject that rarely produces writing with all three qualities.
Brilliantly stimulating and timely.
Engaged, provocative and frequently funny.
'Incisive and inspirational ... How interesting it would be if Carey's anti-elitist values were adopted and put into practice. Next time the post of chair of the Arts Council becomes vacant, someone ought to nominate him.'
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