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Ostrich Country [Kindle Edition]

David Nobbs
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David Nobbs’ classic is now available in ebook format.

' " A change of environment will bring you new business and personal interests," said Cousin Percy. Pegasus was glad to hear this.' Whether Pegasus Baines would have been so glad had he foreseen the outcome of his hasty decision to abandon the career of potential Nobel-prize winning nutrition scientist in favour of that world famous chef is less certain. The change of environment from North London with its deafening traffic to East Anglia with its menacing power stations brings new nightmares and new problems into his life.

The 'ostrich country' of David Nobbs' novel lies somewhere between modern Britain and cloud cuckoo-land. Pegasus Baines is an innocent idealist, a self-deceiver. The tale of his tangles which gradually involve mistresses old and new, long-suffering family and several more-or-less innocent bystanders, modulates from honours melancholy to hilarious farce.

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Praise for David Nobbs's novels:

'Painfully hilarious, wonderfully observed and slight sour at the same time' Guardian

'Thank goodness for David Nobbs! He carries on the comic tradition of P G Wodehouse with this marvellous new book; a sweet and touching love story written with his trademark sly and subversive humour. A perfect antidote to these dark times' Joanne Harris

'Probably our finest post-war comic novelist' Jonathan Coe

'A delicious entertainment, as comic and sharp as they come' Guardian

'A marvellously comic novel' Sunday Times

'One of the most noisily funny books I have ever read' Michael Palin

'Very funny sketches of provincial newspaper life' Sue Townsend

'The most satisfying novel I have read in years' Express

About the Author

David Nobbs was born in Orpington and educated at Marlborough, Cambridge and in the Royal Corps of Signals. His first job was as a reporter on the Sheffield Star, and his first break as a comedy writer came on the iconic satire show That Was The Week, That Was, hosted by David Frost. Later he wrote for The Frost Report and The Two Ronnies and provided material for many top comedians including Les Dawson, Ken Dodd, Tommy Cooper, Frankie Howerd and Dick Emery. David is best known for his two TV hit series A Bit of a Do and for The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, now revived in a contemporary version, starring Martin Clunes. He lives in North Yorkshire with his second wife, Susan. He has four stepchildren, eight grand-stepchildren and one great-grand-stepchild.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 587 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (15 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UANMZ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silly, but fun 26 Jun. 2013
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This novel was recommended to me ages and ages ago by a colleague from the call centre I was working in at the time, after he spotted me re-reading "Second from Last in the Sack Race" (my all time favourite David Nobbs' novel) at my desk. He concluded his recommendation with: "you must read it if you like David Nobbs's stuff, but you won't be able to find it... You'll have to try and get it out of the library. I've tried to buy myself a copy and they're worth a fortune because it's out of print". Well, friend and colleague from call centre, happy news! This comic masterpiece is now available on Kindle at the bargain price of £2.99!!! (I would tell you in person, except I no longer work at said call centre, said call centre transferring to Gibraltar to take advantage of a tax dodge and you, my friend, went with them, whereas I stayed behind to get an even less rewarding job in an even worse call centre). It's a good job, therefore, that there are books out there like this one to cheer one up in between taking depressing calls.

This book was everything my friend promised it would be - absolutely hilarious. Nobody delivers a one-liner like David Nobbs and I was laughing out loud as I followed the exploits of Pegasus Baines, his convoluted career and his (even more convoluted) love life (imagine how that confused the callers).
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3.0 out of 5 stars More like a Tom Sharpe novel 13 Oct. 2013
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Having read many of his books and enjoyed Reggie Perrin I cant say I think this is great or super! Its funny but too far fetched like some of the sillier Tom Sharpe novels.
I found all of the Pratt books very funny, Going Gently fantastic and It Had To Be You both very funny but also very sad but brilliantly written. they cant all be gems and this one isnt in my humble opinion.
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