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Walliams' books are far from perfect - but they're certainly not racist

Katie Byrne


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Jack Monroe has criticised David Walliams' books. Photo: Patricia Niven/PA

Jack Monroe has criticised David Walliams' books. Photo: Patricia Niven/PA

Jack Monroe has criticised David Walliams' books. Photo: Patricia Niven/PA

I spent the better part of yesterday reading books by David Walliams. First I read the author's latest release, The World's Worst Parents. Then I read Billionaire Boy (a classic, according to my 9-year-old nephew) and, finally, The Boy In The Dress (pretty progressive, given that it was first published in 2008).

Walliams wasn't on my summer reading list, but neither was the lengthy Twitter thread by food writer Jack Monroe, who describes his books as "sneering classist fat-shaming grim nonsense".

Monroe began her now-viral thread by explaining that she had read some of her son's collection. What followed was a point-by-point attack on the author's stories and a good old-fashioned Twitter pile-on.