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The Apologist

(2004)
(Eating Crow)
A novel by

 
 
Marc Basset has a well-deserved reputation as a pitiless restaurant critic. When he writes a devastating review of a celebrated restaurant, the chef commits suicide, roasting himself in his own fan-assisted oven, with Basset's review pasted to the door. Suddenly Basset is moved to do something he has never done before: apologize. Startled by the widow's forgiveness and absolution, he feels unexpectedly euphoric. In an effort to maintain this newfound state of bliss, he decides to gorge himself on contrition by apologizing to every person he has ever done wrong.

And that's just the beginning.

After a series of virtuoso expressions of regret, word of Basset's mollifying power spreads, and he is tapped to become Chief Apologist for the United Nations. His job is to travel the globe in his own Gulfstream V private jet, apologizing for everything from colonialism through exploitation to slavery. It is a role that brings him fame, wealth, and access to a lot of very good chocolate. But in a world overdosing on emotion, does Marc Basset really have the stomach to become the sorriest man in history?

Built of delicate layers of heinous crime, forgiveness, and outrageous gastronomy, Jay Rayner's hilarious new novel is an arch comedy of modern appetite and etiquette.

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

May 2005 : UK Hardback

Title: The Apologist
Author(s): Jay Rayner
ISBN: 0-7531-7397-2 / 978-0-7531-7397-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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July 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Eating Crow: A Novel
Author(s): Jay Rayner
ISBN: 0-7432-5059-1 / 978-0-7432-5059-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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April 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Apologist
Author(s): Jay Rayner
ISBN: 1-84354-188-2 / 978-1-84354-188-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Apologist
Author(s): Jay Rayner
ISBN: 1-78292-496-5 / 978-1-78292-496-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Studio 28
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February 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Apologist
Author(s): Jay Rayner
ISBN: 0-7531-7398-0 / 978-0-7531-7398-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Paperbacks
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September 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Eating Crow: A Novel of Apology
Author(s): Jay Rayner
ISBN: 0-7432-5061-3 / 978-0-7432-5061-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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January 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Apologist
Author(s): Jay Rayner
ISBN: 1-84354-189-0 / 978-1-84354-189-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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March 2005 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Eating Crow A Novel
Author(s): Jay Rayner
ISBN: 1-55278-505-X / 978-1-55278-505-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McArthur & Co
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May 2004 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Eating Crow
Author(s): Jay Rayner
ISBN: 1-55278-416-9 / 978-1-55278-416-7 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McArthur & Co
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Audio Editions

March 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Apologist
Author(s): Jay Rayner
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
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March 2015 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Apologist
Author(s): Jay Rayner
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
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March 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Apologist
Author(s): Jay Rayner
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2015 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Apologist (Unabridged Audiobook)
Author(s): Jay Rayner
ISBN: 1-4712-9866-3 / 978-1-4712-9866-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

September 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Apologist
Author(s): Jay Rayner
Publisher: Studio 28
Availability: Amazon UK