Brrm! Brrm! by Clive James is the hilarious story of Japanese high-flyer and would-be-diplomat Akira Suzuki who is sent to London for the first time to learn about a more cosmopolitan lifestyle but instead manages to make headlines for all the wrong reasons much to the embarrassment of the Japanese embassy.
There is not a syllable to excess. There is not a reference unworth its weight in resonance. Brrm! Brrm! is taut, meticulous, untrammelled, and as clean as a vultured rib . . . Clive James has done much. Brrm! Brrm! manages in its brief span to be not only a very funny, fresh and perceptive novel, but also a paragon of the referential nature
Alan Coren, Spectator
James is one of those blessed people who are close to being infallibly funny; whose books can be approached in full, sublime confidence that here will be found something on every page to make you laugh
A hilarious account of how English people and customs appear to someone brought up in the orderliness of Japan . . . presented with wit and enjoyment