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Born Yesterday

Gordon Burn

In Born Yesterday: The News as a Novel, by Gordon Burn takes on real news stories in an ambitious and innovative novel.

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Born Yesterday does what the media do every day: blurring the boundaries between what is real and what has been invented. In 2007, Gordon Burn took the extraordinary news headlines from that year, and wove the strands together into an essential story for our time. The characters of these long-running reality soaps – the McCanns, Blair, Brown, Kate Middleton – are presented here in three dimensions, their stories told through revealing glimpses and startling insights.

With a new introduction by Gordon Burn’s editor, Lee Brackstone.

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Wonderful . . . poignant, hilarious, and at times, uncomfortably true.

Evening Standard
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Gordon Burn is right. The news is now a novel.

Mark Lawson
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Original . . . [and] highly sophisticated . . . No one has written more shrewdly and knowingly about popular newspaper culture than Burn.

William Boyd, Guardian
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One of the year’s most audacious works.

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[One of] the best novels of the year . . . Impeccable.

Irish Times
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Unique . . . by turns unsettling, jarring, hilarious and profound.


Gordon Burn was the author of four novels, Alma Cogan (winner of the Whitbread First Novel Prize), Fullalove, The North of England Home Service and Born Yesterday. He was also the author of the non-fiction titles Somebody’s Husband, Somebody’s Son, Pocket Money, Happy Like Murderers, On The Way to Work (with Damien Hirst) and Best and Edwards. His last book,…

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