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I've Said It Before...: Unpublished Letters to the Daily Mail [Hardcover]

Andrew Simpson
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22 Sep 2011
'I read that a woman has left her husband and children to go and live with a Red Indian she met on the internet. Could it be said that her marriage was going through a bad Apache?' Thousands of letters to the Daily Mail go unpublished every week - until now. Included in this collection of 'the best of the rest' are pithy notes from grammar pedants, serious contributions to debates of the day and hilarious misunderstandings, observations and experiences. Corresponding on themes as diverse as Australian tree frogs, the legalisation of cannabis and Camilla Parker-Bowles, the letters of these Daily Mail readers chronicle life in an unmistakeably British way. Some were too oddball, some too polemical, obscure, outrageous or whimsical for initial publication, but all are remarkable for their unique insights into the way we live now...

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (22 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780331126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780331126
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The very first collection of the unpublished letters of the Daily Mail - a guaranteed Christmas bestseller.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor man's version of the Telegraph book 15 Nov 2012
By mgf
I was given this book as a gift as I'd previously read "Am I Along in Thinking...? Unpublished Letters to the Daily Telegraph". The difference between the level of contributions between these two books is night and day. The Daily Telegraph version is a great example of British humour and quirk, with page upon page of hilarious reader viewpoints. Sadly I discovered "I've Said it Before" is nowhere near being in the same league. Perhaps I'm not the type of reader suited to the Daily Mail but in a large part the letters contained aren't even remotely amusing. Some don't even seem to make sense as stand alone entries. I was left re-reading several trying to fathom what merited its entry into the book.
With several other editions of the Daily Telegraph letters available I know which papers letters I'll be reading in the future.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Daily Mail Fail 10 Mar 2012
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Many of the published letters in the Daily Mail seem to sum up its readership - little Englanders with lots of complaints. But then I suppose that's the effect that reading the Daily Mail has on people. This book of unpublished letters is dry, dreary, though sometimes with the odd missive that makes one chuckle, but a real reflection on the poor souls who read this "newspaper."
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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After Christmas, I treated myself to this book and also to the Daily Telegraph equivalent: "I Rest My Case...".
I've now read both and whereas I laughed out loud at some of the DTel letters I only found some of the Daily Mail letters faintly amusing.
It may be that the two newspapers attract different types of readership, and/or different styles of correspondence.
However, I think the difference in editing styles might be the key.
Whereas I have re-read the DTel book, and also bought new copies for two friends both of whom are recovering from operations (who have both said they are enjoying dipping into it), I don't think I'd recommend the Daily Mail book.
It's an amusing enough read, but not a 'page turner'.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A pale imitation 7 Feb 2012
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From the enigmatic title through to the almost-Matt-style cartoon on the front cover, it's clear that Daily Mail letters editor Andy Simpson was hoping to emulate the success of the Daily Telegraph's 'Unpublished Letters' series with this publication. Whereas the (often extreme) views of the Telegraph letter writers may cause a reader to laugh out loud, either in agreement or utter disbelief, the Daily Mail's offering appears somewhat bland by comparison.

The book is divided into nineteen categories, covering everything from the Royal family and politics through to celebrities and fox hunting. Whilst the collection does contain some amusing and thought-provoking contributions, too often the editor allows the letter writer to ramble on unchecked. This leaves us with a less-than-thrilling monologue on 'the pace of modern life' (where the author outlines an almost disturbingly detailed plan for the human race to embrace a simpler existence) sitting next to a lengthy speech exalting the glories of the compact disc (because music downloads are worthless, apparantly).

When I downloaded this book, I was secretly hoping to witness the unleashing of the kind of vitriolic views that would make me howl in disbelief, tempered with a good measure of pithy humour. For the most part, I got neither, which was a shame.

This review refers to the Kindle edition of 'I've Said It Before' downloaded on 7 February 2012. I read this ebook on the Kindle app for iPad.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I've said it before - I've read it before! 27 Dec 2012
By Stepas
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I downloaded this book onto my kindle as it was quite cheap; I now know why. Some of the letters seem familiar and only a small minority are very funny. The majority, at most might bring a smile to the face but no laugh. Some irritate and do not amuse - people complaining about people saying "hi". I would not recommend this book.
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