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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: U P Publications Ltd (29 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908135107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908135100
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,566,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
I was looking forward to reading Just Call Me Derek as a little light relief from my recent reading which has been both heavier in content and longer. It is quite a short book and I rattled through it in about a day.

Frankly it did take me a little while to engage with Derek. Early on the tale hops around a bit and there is some about Derek's early days and the kids he knocked around with, their resentment when the local patch of land they play on is taken over by the local supermarket, and various other excursions within the text which are not immediately obviously of relevance to the story. My initial impression was this was going to be a tale of juvenile exploits and I was not at all sure I was going to enjoy it.

However, the meat of the tale concerns a bungled robbery at Bishko's, the aforesaid supermarket, which occurs many years later when Sweaty, Err....call me Derek, is all growed up. The perpetrators of this crime are incompetent in the extreme, as, it has to be said, are most people in this story, Derek included. The only sensible ones seem to be Derek's girlfriend, Sally and her mother Muriel and they get carried along by the farcical situations in which they find themselves.

Once the story gets going it is a lot of fun, quite humorous and an enjoyable read. Certainly a farce in the proud British tradition of Douglas Adams or Tom Sharpe, although the author's writing style is not similar to either of these luminaries. The rather strange ending is clearly a prelude to the next Derek book which will probably be more focused from the word go and hence should also be a very good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a short, fun and entertaining read. We are introduced to Derek, also known as "Sweaty" through some childhood background and then as an amiable and slightly inept adult. It reminded me, in style, of Tom Sharpe but without the class and establishment elements. But the characters are generally daft (in an entertaining way) as they all get involved in a strange robbery at the local supermarket. So Derek is our central viewpoint, being carried along by the events around him, but not really knowing much except he rather fancies Sally and all else is secondary.

So if light farce is your thing, then this could be the one for you, I certainly enjoyed it and as the author finds the `voice' of Derek I am sure the other books in the series will be even better...

I was provided with a review copy of this book.
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This review is based upon a free copy given to me by the author. Please Call me Derek is a grown up comedy following the events in Derek's life. It begins with a little introduction to Derek as a child and explains some of the history behind the large Supermarket called Bisko's which was built on an old piece of derelict ground which young Derek and his friends used to play on.

We next meet Derek aged 29 years old and leaving his current job with the wild idea of becoming an author. Circumstances and unfortunate events find Derek struggling to write and in need of finding a new job.

The book is full of some great characters, I loved Derek's full name, Derek Toozlethwaite. There is Rob the newspaper editor with a gambling debt to pay, a banker with a hidden secret, his wife Muriel, the victim of a kidnapping and many more. Derek lives with his Grandparents, his Grandad has a paper-round which he does on his bike, while his Gran is doing a study on the benefits of keeping the aging mind active.

There is an unusual element in the book in that many of the characters don't drive cars and they rely on cycling which adds to the comedy. Grandad's bike has it's own starring role in the proceedings more than once, and hopefully someone will give it some loving oil soon.

Throughout the story the local police force are half a step behind most of the goings on, and it seems to be the intent of the characters to outwit the police any way they can, from the very beginning chapter when Derek arrives home with a very large security dog on his trail, to the end when the detective known as Andy Pandy finally throws in the towel.
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By A. Rose TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Mar. 2013
Format: Paperback
Like many of the other reviewers, I found this book very funny, very British and very entertaining. The book introduces Derek, aka Sweaty, as a child feeling upset and rebellious because the local supermarket has bought and built on the best rough playground that he and his mates spend their weekends and school holidays on. This same supermarket plays a part through to the end of the book and, with quite few characters, all are intertwined (with one or two convenient coincidences) to give a very fulfilling and refreshing story. There's a bit of everything in there starting with a sad boy almost attacked by a guard dog through to his adult life living with slightly dippy grandparents, getting a job, saving a damsel in distress, getting a girlfriend, and solving a crime - not to mention all the capers he gets up to trying to get out of the many sticky situations he finds himself in.

All in all, this was a refreshing book written totally with British humour in mind, and not a single Americanism in sight. Very funny and can totally recommend.
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