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A biting social satire of one of the world's most popular cultural phenomena from the bestselling author of The First Casualty.

Chart Throb.The ultimate pop quest.

Ninety five thousand hopefuls. Three judges. Just one winner.
And that's Calvin Simms, the genius behind the show.

Calvin always wins because Calvin writes the rules. But this year, as he sits smugly in judgement upon the mingers, clingers and blingers whom he has pre-selected in his carefully scripted 'search' for a star, he has no idea that the rules are changing. The 'real' is about to be put back into 'reality' television and Calvin and his fellow judges (the nation's favourite mum and the other bloke) are about to become ex-factors themselves.

Ben Elton, author of Popcorn and Dead Famous returns to blistering comic satire with a savagely hilarious deconstruction of the world of modern television talent shows.

Chart Throb. One winner. A whole bunch of losers.

Reviews

Another brilliantly savage, laugh-out-loud page-turner from Elton

OK Magazine

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    9780552773768

    June 4, 2007

    Black Swan

    464 pages

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    9781407040943

    May 1, 2010

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