Damning with Quaint Praise: The Five-Star Descent of Book Criticism into a Children’s Sports Day for Adults – Henry Coburn | Guest Post

Understatement is British. It is ours inherently. It is our nature to describe abject misery as ‘a little bit of a bother’. We can denounce Tony Blair as ‘a tad disingenuous’, Susan Boyle as ‘no oil painting’, and damn eternally someone we despise as ‘not exactly charming’. Ironic litotes is our Excalibur. That is why […]