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Bob Servant: Hero of Dundee

Bob Servant: Hero of Dundee [Kindle Edition]

Bob Servant , Neil Forsyth
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In Delete This At Your Peril, Neil Forsyth introduced the fictional character Bob Servant to the UK and North America and his creation quickly gained a critically-led cult following. Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh picked Delete This At Your Peril for Esquire’s Funniest Books Ever Written and both the book and the Bob Servant character are being developed for television and radio by the BBC. Sixty-three years old and resolutely single, Servant spends his days with a small number of trusted associates pursuing unlikely business opportunities, giving stern views on current affairs and ‘chasing skirt’. His outlook on life is one of unbridled ambition and self-belief as he constantly battles the local ‘boo boys’ for the respect that he undoubtedly deserves. Bob Servant: Hero of Dundee charts the hilarious, whimsical and action-packed life-story of Bob Servant, unveiling with touching bravery, a fearless romp through a life full of incident, from his rise from a childhood of abject poverty, through a career in the merchant navy, his establishment of the largest window-cleaning round in Western Europe and his part in Dundee’s infamous Cheeseburger Wars of the early 1990s, to his current standing as an ‘unemployed gigolo’ in Broughty Ferry.

About the Author

Bob Servant is a sixty-two-year-old, semi-retired resident of Dundee. He has previously worked as a merchant sailor and window cleaner, among other occupations, but now describes himself as 'an unemployed gigolo'. Neil Forsyth is an author and journalist. A fellow Dundonian and friend to Bob Servant for over twenty years, he has recently completed Servant's biography, Delete at Your Peril, also available from Birlinn.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1163 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn; Reprint edition (1 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WAYVO8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hero of Dundee 3 April 2011
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Although I enjoyed this book, I didn't think it was quite as good as the spam emails book which was, to be fair, very funny indeed. It will particularly appeal to people from Dundee as they will obviously identify with the locations and cultural references. I'm from Tayside though not Dundee (perish the thought) and still could appreciate the Dundee patter but if you're not from this area at all it might not appeal so much. Get the emails book first for the laughs and then get this one if you want to know the full story of Bob Servant.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Character comedy at it's very best 4 Nov 2010
The brilliant "Delete This at Your Peril" (if you haven't got a copy, buy it now!) gave us a brief insight into the world of Bob Servant while he duelled with (and defeated) that curse of email inboxes everywhere - the spammer. The latest book, "Bob Servant - Hero of Dundee", is essentially Bob's autobiography charting his rise to self acclaimed hero status in his home town of Broughty Ferry.

Hilarious from start to finish.

Servant is a comedy legend and Forsyth's a genius.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY funny...keep it up Bob! 13 Sep 2011
By ants
Read 'Delete at your Peril' and loved it, a real laugh-out-loud book, so thought i'd give this one a go too but wasn't expecting much...2nd album, and all that! BUT IT'S really is!
Bob for Prime Minister!!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Servant Hero of Dundee 24 Nov 2010
Bob Sevant is the salt of the earth, well the salt of Broughty Ferry by which I don't mean he is a sailor (although he nearly was), I mean he is a bit salty and that flavour comes out in the book big style. This is an entirely credible account of one man's refusal to accept the futility of existence in Dundee and its environs.

It certainly made me laugh but I'm from Lochee and really that's not part of Dundee even though Dundee City Council would say it is and we often take a wry look at Dundonians with their outside toilets and their funny continental ways and have a secret smile to ourselves.

In the interests of providing a balanced review I would say he pulled his punches on the Fifers a bit.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IN AND AROUND DUNDEE 21 Nov 2010
Bob Servant showed up on the block first as the Scourge of the Spammers in `Delete This At Your Peril'. He was a hit, and he deserved to be as he would tell you himself. He even got his own show on the BBC, and now here he is telling us his life story by popular demand from The Boy Forsyth who has kindly edited Bob's outpourings, which are thankfully in standard English and nothing if not articulate whatever their occasional lapses.

Scottish writers tend to show a fascination, maybe even a fixation, with their native cities. Just look at the number of Glasgow-based thrillers there are these days, or, say, Iain Banks's The Crow Road, let alone the Rebus books. When I read Delete This At Your Peril it seemed to me that Dundee was almost as much of a focus of attention as our hero Bob was, and I feel it even more strongly this time in Bob's apologia pro vita sua. Myself, I have never actually been there, but by the end of this (quite short) book I was beginning to think I knew Broughty Ferry, Monifieth and other spots like the back of my hand. Scottish cities generate their own `culture' (for want of a better term) and the local idea of humour can actually be very funny if someone is smart enough at it, and if you are not too fussy about what is commonly thought to be good taste, say in connexion with someone's mother's death. Another characteristic is tribal rivalries, sometimes religious or centred round football teams (the two come to much the same thing), but sometimes simply a matter of localities. One of the most hilarious episodes of Bob's career was a trip across the Tay Bridge to the Kingdom of Fife, which I knew very well as a boy. Given what happens here, I guess I was probably lucky not to have made the reverse trip in my tender years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 30 Mar 2014
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I am maybe (definitely) a bit biased being a Dundonian, like Bob, but this book was great, Bob is great and Dundee/broughty Ferry is/are great. I will read this again and again and the telly programme (starring Brian Cox) (no, not that one; the actor Brian Cox) was very enjoyable too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb ! 10 Mar 2014
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This is without doubt the funniest book i have ever read.
However its not just me... i have leant it out to several friends and they said the same.
If for some reason you read this book and don't laugh out loud on every page you need an ambulance and fast !
I'm currently re reading it and can't put it down.
What else can I say other than Buy it Now !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 31 Jan 2014
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Just absolutely brilliant. If you ever watched "Still Game" or even "Father Ted" then you will very probably enjoy this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh from start to finish
Great laugh from a fellow dundonian
Bob at his very inspirational best
Definitely recommend it to any one who has good sense of humour
Published 11 months ago by N dundee
5.0 out of 5 stars hero of dundee
I really enjoyed the book and hope it is turned into a tv sit com, hopefully mr forsyth will continue writing more of the same type of funny books a breath of fresh air.
Published 12 months ago by ian hancock
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Funny but not quite up to the level of Delete This at your Peril. Still good fun though, would recommend this book if you want a wee smile.
Published 14 months ago by Rockymacy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Braw Swatch
A hilarious read. The chapters are short and sweet, on more than 1 occasion my partner would catch me with tears rolling down my cheeks from laughing at Bobs' tales.
Published 14 months ago by Billy Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Bob Servant hero of Dundee
I enjhoyed this book and have thought since why did I not do that to these spammers, but then Neil Forsyth did it for me.
Published 17 months ago by cammyp06
5.0 out of 5 stars Braw
Laugh out loud funny - caught a couple of times at work snorting away. highly recommended for the small businessman in your life.
Published 17 months ago by Kayt
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bob Servant mythos continues
Your Dad had a mate like this bloke. In fact, bits of this bloke were your Dad. And you know that one day, you'll be Bob - or certainly have Bob moments. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gary Flood
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought of the back of the TV programme
Not as good as I was lead to expect, funny but very samey. After a while it becomes a bit tiresome.
Published 18 months ago by drifter
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Loved it.
After the other books, I thought this might not be as good, but I was delighted to discover that this is just as funny, if not more so than the others. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Neil Forsyth's book
It is too bitty, no flow and the attempt to be witty may work on stage but not in the printed word
Published 19 months ago by Robert Grant Stewart
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