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The Apologist by Jay Rayner

The Apologist of Jay Rayner's novel is Marc Basset, a restaurant critic known for his scathing reviews. When his review of one establishment leads the chef to commit suicide, Basset finds himself apologising to the chef's family. They took his apology so well and he felt so grand about it, that he begins to apologise to everyone he's ever wronged. This leads to a job as Chief Apologist for the United Nations, and he travels the world apologising for everything from slavery to colonialism to the Holocaust. This gathers his own fame and celebrity, but perhaps Basset will be forced to apologise for his apologies. Jay Rayner's satire has received positive reviews with the Observer saying, "Rayner has taken an impossible synopsis and somehow turned it into something funny, clever and ever so slightly chilling."
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