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Nosy Neighbour Letters From The Village Of Long Bottom, England Paperback – 1 Jul 2008

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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Redgate Properties Ltd (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955972108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955972102
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,692,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a funny book, great gift idea. Please tell your pals and family of this great book. The Movie is in the works as it is a Great British Village Story.

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Set in the remote village of Long Bottom, England, this book sees the life of retired submariner Capt. Frobisher through his outrageous letters. Always complaining, the Captain interrogates the residents of Long Bottom through the medium of mail, complaining to the police, the council and even the water board! Frobisher remains undeterred despite the rejection he encounters and he continues to distribute his humourous letters. Be it for a holdiday, a gift or just a new read, this book is perfect, so buy it today!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Straightforward TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 May 2010
Format: Paperback
The main problem with this book is that it's just not funny. It takes the premise of a very funny book by Robin Cooper, called The Timewaster Letters and changes the formula slightly.

In Cooper's book, spoof letters are sent to various customer services departments containing madcap ideas. Given that these departments try their best to be accommodating, they sometimes reply, even to the more outlandish ones. This can lead to a very funny correspondence.

However, in Nosy Neighbour Letters, all the letters are contrived, fictional. The humour vanishes when that element of genuine mickey-taking is lost - what you're left with is a series of letters that purport to be from an eccentric (who doesn't really exist), with replies from other people (who don't really exist). There isn't much to laugh at - I smiled once, but the whole thing is really just not that funny.

It's like watching a good episode of 'Beadle's About', and then comparing it to a set-up with actors replacing the gullible members of the public. It just doesn't feel real.

Don't waste your time on it - life's too short, and there's plenty of funnier alternatives to choose from.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By seolta on 2 July 2009
Format: Paperback
If this is the kind of humour you are to expect in the countryside then I am glad I am living in the big city. Got the book from a guest and found the writing very pressing for humour. There is no ease in the writing and so it all seems to come down to the green. The bookshops are overstocked with this kind of books. There is real nastiness in these letters, that is not funny but contemptuous.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. J. Fairway on 26 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
Hmm. Not that impressed with this - the Keyword spam worked in one sense - it made me buy it - but other than that, it wasn't good to see. The book itself is a collection of letters by a fictional character to his fictional neighbours, and whilst some raised a chuckle in parts, it really was nothing to write home about.

If you want to see how letter writing from lunatics should be, check out The Timewaster Letters - Robin Cooper's excellent work is considerably better than this.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By alliep on 10 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
Funny book, but not as good as I had hoped. If you want a gentle read, with chuckles rather than belly laughs, then this is for you.
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