- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Audio Books (11 April 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844560546
- ISBN-13: 978-1844560547
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 1.6 x 13.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,571,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
An Auctioneer's Lot Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 11 Apr 2005
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'Marvellous . . . forget about car boot sales and eBay: this is the real thing.'(Independent ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Heartwarming tales of a life in antiques from the star of BBC TV's Bargain Hunt --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
He has the same literary style as James Herriot (the "Shouldn't Happen to a Vet" books). Just alter the focus from veterinary to antiques and the content is just as engaging, and in places, hilarious! The book is autobiographical, but although obviously based on actual events, I'm sure some of the names, places, and events have been changed slightly. I was a bit bored in the first few chapters, where the tales are about how Philip got started in the business beginning with livestock sales. However, when the focus turned to antiques I was hooked!
Philip's obvious love for his trade, and his endearing portrayal of human nature in all its' richness and variety, make this an uncomplicated and compulsive read. Enjoy!
He recounts his training, as he learns the various branches of his trade, with a faintly bemused detachment reminiscent of Gerard Hoffnung. He `shows' rather than `tells' his readers the crises which arise in each adventure. The reader breathes a sigh of relief at his escape from the difficulties he encounters.
Through all the hazards he endures there shines an irrepressible optimism and a need to make the best of each challenge. He has an exceptional level of tolerance and affection for the strangest people with the most unusual habits that mankind can produce.
This book would make an excellent Christmas present, though it is guaranteed to provide considerable cheer at any time.
Philip Serrell's novel doesn't quite fit the criteria of this genre of books. These are tales of a country auctioneer, which have been put together throughout the book as `lots', a clever technique by the author. These lots represent stories and anecdotes from Philip's past, and within their own right, I feel they are great. However, strung together as they have been did not quite sit right with me.
The setting of the books, in Worcester and its outlying areas provides us with all the quaint farm owners, little old ladies with strange habits, possessions to sell and the workforce with their idiosyncrasies and out of tune whistling.
But this book has no timeline structure and I felt I was jumping backwards and forwards with stories, from the seventies to eighties to current day. It opens promisingly with the start of Serrrell's venture into the antiques, and in my opinion it should have carried along from that, at the pace that was set by the first chapter/lot. We would have at least seen how Serrells expertise and experience got better, the tales would then have all slotted in nicely.
Nonetheless, this is a heart warming tale and if you can overlook my personal comments, and just feel you want a book to while away a few hours then this is the one for you.
Overall a great read although I did think the initial humour tailed off a bit towards the end but looking forward to reading the sequel.
also, interesting insight into the business of auctioneering.
A Great Read
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As per "Sold to the man with the Tin Leg. EXCELLENT BOOK. WELL WORTH BUYING YOURSELVES.Published 13 hours ago by Mick Etheridge
Well written lots of funny stories in the style of James herriot Have bought the following book hope to see morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Phillip Serrell brings humour and insight to his occupation. Good read.Published 1 month ago by M. A. Cramphorn
As I have said, so good if any one has an old relatives please get them these cds .Published 7 months ago by patricia howe
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