I heart Jozi – Gareth’s new book not mind-blowing but a good start

2011-10-25 08:20

When I was asked to be part of a ‘blog tour’ to review Gareth Cliff’s new book, Gareth Cliff on Everything, I thought ... hmm, do I really want to be part of this marketing gimmick?

But that was quickly overshadowed by my intrigue into the whole matter.

I know Gareth’s radio personality and have often wondered if he says what he does on air because it’s what he honestly believes or simply because it’s good for ratings.

It would seem that, after reading his book, the Gareth shouting through your speakers every morning is the same Gareth those close to him would know.

He’s loud, at times abrasive, opinionated, unapologetic and a little (maybe not so little) self-righteous and equally self-indulgent.

But I’m a fan of expression and social commentary of all kinds. We are a nation that desperately needs to talk about everything from craving that well-deserved year-end holiday and old money vs new money to how sitting next to a fat guy in the plane makes for a rather irksome flight, as Gareth does.

We are a young nation that’s ever changing while at times rather stagnant with each of us in our set corners, our diverse opinions never really coming out to play.

It’s not a book that will change your life much but I don’t think that was ever the aim. His writing is conversational and much like bite-size diary entries or blog posts (to stay true to this digital age) making the book an easy one to read.

Say what you will about Gareth Cliff, love him or hate him, but he knows how to spark a conversation and put his head on the block for his opinions and I think more people in the media need to do the same.

Enough of the official version dictated by company policy, I want to hear real opinions and debate from these media personalities we have on our TVs, magazines, televisions and radios.

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