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Am I Missing Something...: Unpublished Letters from the Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Books) [Hardcover]

Iain Hollingshead
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3 Oct 2013 Telegraph Books

THE HILARIOUS ANNUAL COLLECTION OF READERS’ LETTERS THAT WERE JUST TOO LEFT-FIELD, OUTRAGEOUS OR WITTY TO MAKE THE PAGES OF THE TELEGRAPH.

‘SIR – Two days of news about the Duchess of Cambridge, and you haven’t yet told us about her hospital gown. Who designed it? How much did it cost? And has she worn it before?’

‘SIR – Sede vacante has not always been connected with the death of a pope. When I was growing up in the 1970s we would use the expression at home to denote that the bathroom was free.’

‘SIR – Being a devoted husband, as well as a staunch and active member of the Conservative Party, I’d be grateful to learn what further changes it will adopt, especially in regard to monogamy. My wife could do with a bit more help around the house.’

‘SIR – Am I alone in wishing for an episode of the BBC’s Countryfile in which a presenter’s offer to “lend a hand” is turned down?’

‘SIR – I see in your Cyprus Bailout Live blog, at 13:55, a reference to the “Finish [sic] Europe Minister”. Thank goodness it is all over.’

A letters page may seem antiquated in an era of texting and tweets, yet the Telegraph’s letters writers – often bemused, sometimes furious, always erudite – are a breed apart. ‘Writing to the Telegraph lets off steam,’ confesses one regular correspondent – and thank goodness for the rest of us that it does. Now that anyone can publish their opinions online, the Telegraph letters page remains a rare bastion of well-written, carefully edited wit on the topics of the day.

In this fifth volume of wise, waggish and downright outrageous letters for which there wasn’t enough space – or editorial stomach – in the paper, we offer another hilariously alternative review of the year.

With an agenda as enticing as ever, ranging from Chris Huhne’s speeding points to a royal baby, a new Pope to Andy Murray, it will prove, once again, that the Telegraph’s letters writers have an astute sense of what really matters. 


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (3 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781311617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781311615
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 12 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

IAIN HOLLINGSHEAD spent two years on the Letters to the Editor desk before becoming a full-time feature writer for The Daily Telegraph. His more serious assignments have included reporting on the student riots in London and interviewing everyone from Michael Atherton to Gurkha veterans to a member of Seal Team Six, the elite unit which killed Osama bin Laden.
His less serious assignments have included taking a bath in Las Vegas with six albino rabbits, spending three days behind the scenes at the Miss England competition, camping outside Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding, eating in five Michelin starred restaurants in one day, learning to flirt in Pizza Express, learning to Dance in Mamma Mia!, performing stand-up comedy to 300 eight-year-olds, training with the Royal Marines, climbing into a Spitfire and experiencing a Brighton nudist beach first hand. He now writes freelance for the paper. He has edited four bestselling collections of unpublished letters from the Daily Telegraph for Aurum.



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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most amusing store to dip into. 5 Nov 2013
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I have purchased this selection of unpublished letters to the editor (Daily Telegraph) every year it has been published and they never fail to amuse and entertain - at first reading and at subsequent dips.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Am I Missing Something...? 8 Dec 2013
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Am I Missing Something...? is the fifth book in Ian Hollingshead's series collecting unpublished letters to the Daily Telegraph and it is every bit as funny as previous volumes. Although they might have missed publication in the `paper itself, these correspondents to the Telegraph sure are on fine form whether they are critiquing the birth of Prince George or enumerating the Cypriot bailout, musing on UKIP's Rude Awakening or bemoaning the decline in standards of English. Am I Missing Something...? is a great book to flick through when you feel that society, the media or even yourself has clearly got a screw loose. It's a book that is sure to raise a laugh and, dare I say it, would make an excellent Christmas present for the grumpy old geezer in your life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good beside amusement 29 Nov 2013
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We like to have a little light and entertaining reading beside the bed for our guests to read when they come to relax with us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Am I Missing Something 21 Nov 2013
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Bought as a gift for my husband and it has kept him chuckling for hours! Wonderful letters. Can recommend it to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal Bedside Companion 31 Oct 2013
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This is the fifth book in the series and they continue to amuse me. I keep going back to them and they always put me in a good mood for the rest of the day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sniggerz and Gigglez 30 Oct 2013
By hugh
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As one has come to expect from this series of books this one is well up to standard. Most of the letters are amusing and well composed but the occasional one warrants a real laugh and one wonders why it never made it to the DT pages live.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very funny book 2 Dec 2013
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very funny book, bought as a present, but had a look first. Went down well with the recipient. good buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Am I missing something 29 Nov 2013
By kilmac
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We buy this every year - great reading and enjoyment. Great to read some of those outrageous letters which obviously are never printed!!
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Great stocking filler. It has my husband and brother-in-law in fits of laughter every year on Xmas day as they read bits out to each other!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gem
This is such good fun. Light but deep and penetrating opinions that we would have liked to read daily. Give it as presents, it will suit everybody!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A hoot but not as good as previous years: it might be getting a bit...
A hoot but not as good as previous years: it might be getting a bit tired. Some very funny letters, but I miss the chap going on about MI5 that made no sense at all.
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Hand picked for hilarity it would seem. Always funny and quirky little letters in to the Telegraph. A perfect Christmas present or something to flick through whilst engaged in some... Read more
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Great 60th Birthday gift for my Brother who lives in Mallorca. He found the contents very funny & has always been a fan of the Daily Telegraph. Highly recommend!
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