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Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Sausages [Paperback]

Tom Holt
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7 Jun 2012

Polly, an average, completely ordinary property lawyer, is convinced she's losing her mind. Someone keeps drinking her coffee. And talking to her clients. And doing her job. And when she goes to the dry cleaner's to pick up her dress for the party, it's not there. Not the dress - the dry cleaner's.

And then there are the chickens who think they are people. Something strange is definitely going on - and it's going to take more than a magical ring to sort it out.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841495085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841495088
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Holt's first book was published when he was just thirteen and, to his horror, he was hailed as an infant prodigy. While studying at Oxford, however, he discovered bar billiards and turned from poetry to comic fiction.

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A great mix of the fantastical and the funny . . . another great satirical offering from Tom Holt that entertains thoroughly while effortlessly moving between the silly and the smart (

Crazy, absurd, complex and hilarious . . . His writing is in the same mould as that of Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and Jasper Fforde (

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A wonderfully quirky and comedic outing from the hugely talented Tom Holt

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars all you really need to know.... 17 Jun 2011
By walrus
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If you're a fan of Tom Holt then you already know what a good storyteller he is.
He is always well written,witty and humourous.
and clever.
his only fault is he sometimes gets to clever and convoluted for his own good-but i wouldn't miss reading him even though he makes my head hurt sometimes.
So if you have read his other books and liked them,you will enjoy this one too.
If you are new to tom holt, go and read "Expecting someone taller","Who's Afraid of Beowulf?","Flying Dutch" and "The "Portable Door", before trying this one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent enough but JWW still wins hands down 27 May 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
For me Tom Holt is one of those authors who can, like Robert Rankin, take the bizarre and unusual, add a good dollop of the weird, a dash of decent prose and then add a huge spoonful of humour and create a wonderful mayonnaise title that works well for everyone. Unfortunately, like any mayonnaise, it doesn't matter how much time or love you put into it if the damn thing splits you've got to start from scratch.

For me this title was one that had huge potential, it blended realities, broke its way through the walls holding it back and literally blew the whole thing apart and that's where it lost me. I had up until that point been really enjoying this book, the characters were vivid, the tone light and above all else I love the author's humour, but as things ended up more complex, the less I started to follow everything to the full and as such began to care less and less about the characters. It's a great shame when that happens as finishing a book or absorbing what's happening can become more than a chore and can leave you thinking why the hell do I bother.

That said it does have some saving moments but my favourite series is going to remain the JWW series featuring Paul Carpenter. Although I still want a book with Dennis' Mum and the lead character.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clucking dissapointing 15 July 2011
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Not up to his usual standard.
Usually Tom Holt's goofy out of place main characters are quite easy to identify with, and as they are exposed to whatever strange new worlds they discover during the book you share their exploration of those worlds. However this book was more of a random collection of kooky (but generally boring) scenes with little continuity and very little chance for the reader to start liking the characters.
The only funny bits involve the fact that some of the characters are turned into barnyard animals, even so it's a stretch.
A so-so enjoyable read but very bitty, I didn't find myself engrossed and struggled to keep going through to the end where the plot was finally revealed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sausages 14 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Whilst being an enjoyable enough book, I don't think it's one of Tom Holt's best.
As usual, the story is well surreal and at times confusing, but on looking up other reviews, I discovered that that particular confusion was on purpose.

Overall an OK book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life, Liberty & Sausages 15 Oct 2013
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages begins with a pig's eye view of the universe. An old saddleback sow is musing on the meaning of life, the metaphysical nature of reality and the exact location of her piglets. In the course of her life she has watched as seven broods of her little ones have been taken across the farmyard and corralled into a metal trailer, never to be seen again. This is clearly very odd. Seizing an opportunity to bust out of the pen [do you see what I did there?] this very special piggy sets of on a journey far more fantastical than even she had anticipated.

Meanwhile, the decidedly non-pork-based solicitor Polly Mayer is also pondering on the peculiar nature of her own personal reality. She has recently started working in the conveyancing department of Blue Remembered Hills Developments PLC and is a reluctant conscript to the company darts team. Even stranger, someone has been drinking her coffee, making slapdash attempts at doing her work and impersonating her nice phone voice. Fearing that she might be going mad, Polly could at least take comfort in the fact that it was only her working life that seemed to have followed a diversion into the Twilight Zone. Until, that is, she goes to collect a dress from the dry-cleaners and discovers that it isn't there anymore. The dry-cleaners that is, although by extension also the dress.

And then things start to get strange.

Like the majority of Tom Holt's books, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages is a great mix of the fantastical and the funny, although the story is perhaps a bit slower to get started than usual.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slower going than JWW, but still a good read 15 Jun 2011
Slower going than his other comic/magic novels, but a good read.
A few loose ends like where did Trevor get the petrol for his car, when he had left it on the road? and how did the piglets turn into people when Mr Huos still had the ring through his nose before entering the box? Where did the knights fit in?
I think it gets too complicated, and the 'explanations' don't hold together well
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5.0 out of 5 stars Herbivores please don't be put off. 5 April 2014
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Worryingly weird and yet an accurate oblique commentary on people who make things happen - in real life; dry cleaners, solicitors and farmers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Convoluted joy...
Yes, the multiple universes and manifold characters can be complex but they seem to meld into a literate sci-fi/fantasy treat. Much recommended.
Published 8 months ago by A. J. Weston
4.0 out of 5 stars Not high brow, more sow' s tale
Excellent entertainment for anyone who enjoys Douglas Adams' Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy or Ben Moor's Undone. A great holiday read, or a book for a long flight.
Published 8 months ago by Paintycait
5.0 out of 5 stars life liberty and the pursuit of sausages.
I have read a bit of the book on a kindle. A very very good story. Its witty and good.. I will definitely use the seller again. Very prompt and reliable.
Published 9 months ago by Ms. J. Wolfenden
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Love Tom Holt books. I am halfway through it, it is very wacky but amusing and enjoyable. I love it
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This book is a brilliant read. Very funny. Just what you would expect form the master of comedy. Shame it is only available in paperback.
Published 9 months ago by Crystal
4.0 out of 5 stars Found this excellent read
Having read all of the previous Carpenter books before and really enjoyed them this didn't let me down, if you are a Tom Holt fan I would definitely recommend this. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as some earlier work?
Tom Holt is usually quite good at building a lead character, or set of leads, and whisking you away for the ride with them. I don't feel this book does that. Read more
Published 10 months ago by PJ Online
4.0 out of 5 stars Very clever
Cleverly written, a good read. I shall probably read all his books now. Lots of twists and turns to navigate through.
Published 11 months ago by John Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars tom holt
always buy tom holt books when released never fail to entertain and surprise me always wonder how he manages to finish to readers satifaction
Published 12 months ago by Mr. B. Forster
5.0 out of 5 stars The usual Tom Holt madness
Another excellent tale, wonderfully told with the Tom Holt signature wit. Just the thing to cheer you up after a bad day at work
Published 13 months ago by Pavlenka
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