Review: How to Leave Twitter by Grace Dent

I am totally addicted to Twitter; it is an unholy and unclean love that it isn’t always reciprocated, but I’m okay with that. As I’m writing this, I’m following news of the London Riots. This time it goes beyond my usual news obsession as I know people on Twitter who live and work in the affected areas. Apart from general gasbagging, this is where Twitter excels: up-to-the-minute updates on people’s activities, worries and observations.

One of the people I’ve been following for some time is The Guardian’s Grace Dent and this year she released her book How to Leave Twitter: My Time as Queen of the Universe and Why This Must Stop. It’s much lighter fare than I normally go for. That’s not me being snobbish, but the easy reading, single topic, mildly amusing one-off books don’t really manage to capture my attention. I read this entirely because I wanted to see Grace Dent’s take on the medium, whilst she isn’t on the medium.

Overall, I found it interesting and amusing, but it would be of no interest whatsoever to anybody not invested in Twitter and it often felt like this 208 page book had perhaps 100 pages of material, maximum. I enjoyed reading it, it didn’t take very long to get through and I didn’t feel cheated by it, but I doubt I’ll be picking up it’s ilk again.

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