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Pam Ayres - The Works: The Classic Collection [Hardcover]

Pam Ayres
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4 Sep 2008

The Works contains 120 of Pam Ayres' best-known poems from the seventies and eighties, including 'The Battery Hen', 'Please Will You Take Your Children Home Before I Do Them In?', 'Sling Another Chair Leg on the Fire, Mother' and, of course, 'Oh, I Wish I'd Looked After Me Teeth'.

For this new edition Pam has written a general introduction, as well as individual introductions to the poems, many of which are now illustrated with specially commissioned line drawings by Susan Hellard. This is the first time The Works has been available in hardback and is certain to delight Pam's fans of all ages.

Pam is one of Britain's best-loved personalities and has been a regular on television and radio for more than 30 years - most recently on Just a Minute, The Comedy Quiz, Countdown and her own series, Ayres on the Air. She performs her solo stage show throughout Britain and around the world and has a huge fan base in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.



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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; Ill edition (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846074657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846074653
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pam Ayres has been a regular on television and radio since winning the talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1975 - on Just a Minute, The Comedy Quiz, Countdown and her own series, Ayres on the Air. She performs her solo stage show throughout Britain and around the world and has a huge fan base in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Pam is one of Britain's best-loved personalities and was awarded the MBE in 2004.

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Pam Ayres is a proper poet, whose wistful, funny, and perceptive verse captures both the joy and unfairness of life. (Sunday Times)

One of the fastest selling tickets at the Fringe, Pam Ayres' appeal seems undiminished. (Edinburgh Herald)

Pam Ayres is a poet for the people. Her verse portrays a wicked sense of humour, and deals with subjects not normally thought to be worthy of poetry. (Melbourne Herald Sun)

Pam Ayres, the bestselling poet, writes as rhapsodically about the Wonderbra as Wordsworth did about daffodils. (Guardian)

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A charming, illustrated edition of Pam Ayres' classic collection of poems

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to enjoy for all ages 30 Nov 2008
By L Williams TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Pam Ayres is one of those rare people who can bring tears of laughter to her audience with her gentle humour, whatever their age. These poems are from her early years and seem just as fresh as ever. Pam has written some introductions to the poems and there are some nice line drawings. I think most people will have heard at least one of the poems; I'm half expecting Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to recite "The Battery Hen" at any moment, it is just as true now as it ever was.
I can't imagine anyone not getting enjoyment from this book, it proves that poetry doesn't have to be dull.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pam Ayres: Ancient and Modern 27 Aug 2010
By mave
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
We can never get enough of Pam Ayres! Specially in all the doom and gloom, her poems and skits never fail to make us smile and often laugh out loud. Yes, we've heard most of them before, but often within a different format,and half the fun is the anticipation. Over the years we.ve collected her cds, but until now, this one has slipped the net, A good catch. Thanks Pam.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings laughter and joy to your day 3 July 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Pam Ayres - the Works: The Classic Collection
This book proved to be everything i wanted it to be. I have previously borrowed a Pam Ayres book from a friend and readlly enjoyed it so decided to buy one, the leter version, for myself. I found it both funny, hilarious in parts and touvhing at others and have browsed through very many times and will keep it forever. It is a really good read whether sitting on a sun-bed in the garden or whilst relaxing but especially good on those nights when you just can't sleep and you need something to cheer you up. This does the job perfectly. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Nostalgic 21 Jun 2010
By Monarch Butterfly VINE VOICE
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Well done Pam, for this look into where some of the ideas came from to produce the poems that we know and loved. Especially I Wished I`d Looked After Me Teeth, which having read out to both of my Grandaughters , they love coming up to me now and saying Oh Mamma (Grandma) I Wish I`d Looked After Me Teeth , then are in fits of laughter for a while.If you need a laugh, then this book is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pam Ayres - The Classic Collection 6 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
The Works: The Classic Collection: The Works - The Classic Collection

Already being a fan of Pam Ayres' work, I bought this for my mum at Christmas.

She thought it was well put together and excellently presented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alma's fun reading 1 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
When I read this I could hear Pam Ayres speaking - I really enjoyed this book and, of course, one of the benefits was that you didn't have to read it all in one go. As usual with Pam very entertaining.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended, Laugh Out Loud Funny! 3 Sep 2010
Format:Hardcover
I love Pam Ayres style of poetry, it's down to earth for "normal" people not "high brow." You don't need to be a Professor with a degree in Literature to enjoy it like you do with some poetry you're made to read at school!

It made me laugh out loud and I have recommended it to all my friends, in fact we had a right laugh reading out a poem from the book and craking up with laughter!

Just buy it! It's great! If you like this type of poetry you'll also love "The Poetry of Passion (for People with a Pulse)by Juliette Westbrook-Finch, it's a similar style and very enjoyable.The Poetry of Passion (for People with a Pulse)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pam Ayres The Classic Collection 1 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
Pam is and always will be an honest to goodness writer who puts in words all our failures and is so true to life, she just gets better and better
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pam Ayres
Very nice book but more enjoyable said aloud by Pam Ayres herself. Not to be read cover to cover, a book to pop in and out of.
Published 22 days ago by Audrey Spruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Pam Ayres - The works the classic collection.
I bought this book for my daughter who listened to her on Radio 4 one morning and fell in love. I was a great fan in the 7os.
Published 26 days ago by Teresa Molloy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Good and fun to listen to. Pam Ayres is a master story teller. I am very glad I bought this
Published 1 month ago by Marianne
5.0 out of 5 stars pam Ayres
Never read anything by Pam before but couldnt put it down or stop laughing would highly recommend it to anyone
Published 1 month ago by shirley hackin
5.0 out of 5 stars Pam Ayres
very funny lady, it was good to see her personality in this with her little explanations as too how the poems began
Published 1 month ago by Willyed
4.0 out of 5 stars What a Therapy
Like Mrs. Otto (below), I regularly help to entertain the old folk at a local home. Please imagine hearing the following in the authoress's voice:
There's nothin' like pomes... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Douglas Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
Pam never disappoints and this collection was so funny. It certainly lifts your spirits if you are feeling a bit down.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. M. Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Book
Pam Ayres is great and this book encapsulates her personality perfectly. Reading her poems always cheers me up, Good book.
Published 3 months ago by chandra
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
I chose this rating because Pam Ayres is a favourite of mine. We entertain at elderly peoples Warden controlled homes and they love to hear her poems All her books are good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MRS V F OTTO
5.0 out of 5 stars Stimulatingly funny
Not as good as a live performance but still brilliant and stimulatingly funny as I had hoped. Well written and presented. Quick delivery.
Published 3 months ago by Yorky Bar Kid
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