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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (5 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751539422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751539424
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robin Cooper is the author of the smash-hit title The Timewaster Letters published by Michael O'Mara Books. Spoon Collector, wasp expert, professional fish fryer and inventor of the peanut suit, Robin Cooper is all of these things, it just depends to whom he's writing.

Robin Cooper might also be the pseudonym for Robert Popper. Robert Popper is a BAFTA-nominated writer and television producer, and co creator of BBC2's hit comedy series Look Around You.

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One of the great correspondents of our age (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Hilarious and absurd (OBSERVER)

Hilarious . . . a rich comic book that deserves more than to sit on a pile next to the toilet (TIME OUT)

Even funnier than the funniest book I've ever read (Matt Lucas)

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Paperback of the hilarious and bestselling second volume of The Timewaster Letters, now including 16 pages of new and never seen before correspondence

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "immenstrides" on 14 Nov 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm so glad he's back!! My copy of the first Timewaster Letters is ragged from reading and re-reading so this has arrived just in the nick of time before it falls apart completely. After recommending this to friends, colleagues, parents, parent's friends, and boyfriend's friends (not to mention total strangers seeing me guffaw on the bus) as the funniest book I've read for YEARS I was anxious that a sequel might not live up to its brilliance. Well, I am overjoyed to say that this new volume equals, and dare I say? exceeds the hilarity of the first book. The letters are so silly, so insanely and addictively funny that I advise that you read them in small portions and resist the temptation to do the lot in one sitting (in the bath) as I did. Cooper for Prime Minister! (Night-time of course!)
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Laura Laura on 20 April 2006
Format: Paperback
When I bought the first Timewaster Letters I was just about to go to my doctor with a horrible, horrible chest infection. I felt so terrible that as I walked down the street I was actually crying. But let us skip over that humiliating detail - I was early for my appointment so popped into the (warm - it was winter) bookshop, perused the book and bought it to cheer myself up. Then I had to sit outside the doctors (in January) because it was closed for lunch, and despite feeling SO ill (as evidenced by a hefty prescription, including an inhaler, see why I was crying now?) I actually had to stop reading the book because I thought the doctor wouldn't believe I was ill since I was laughing so much (and of course no longer had tears of breathing pain coursing down my face).

But that is all the long background to this second amazing book. It might not QUITE match the brilliance of the first but it is still miles ahead of any other comedy/'humour' book and can make me laugh (out loud! a cliche but a rarity for me, when reading at least) even when I reread letters over and over again. I love the recurring themes - wife's wretched ankle - and who could forget Parmaynu (I mean he IS an expert). Perhaps it's a pathetic thing to admit but it's a great book to flick through when I'm worried about a deadline or something and perks me up when I'm tired etc. Having written this, though, I'm realising that perhaps a more productive thing to do as I'm nearing a deadline would be to actually work... I really do have huge affection for this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SAP VINE VOICE on 16 Oct 2007
Format: Paperback
It's not big. It's not clever. But, at times, it's very funny. I laughed despite myself. I knew what to expect, having read the original, and I wasn't disappointed. This book does exactly what it says on the cover. Prank letters addressed to associations, clubs, societies and so forth. The humour is playful, quirky and pointless, and not offensive, ridiculing or satirical. Not wishing to try to deconstruct what is essentially childish (I mean that as a compliment) pranks, I think the author is also parodying the art of letter-writing itself. It's a curious juxtaposition: the rigid formality, etiquette and pleasantries of the conventional letter and the nonsense which it conveys. It's all a little like some bizarre pantomime played over and over again. This book is an excruciating read. It's toe-curling. In a good way. I often found myself reading Cooper's letter and thinking to myself, "No! No! I can't believe you just said that! Don't say that!" Then I can't bring myself to turn the page to see what reply he received. Then they reply and I think to myself, "Good. That wasn't too bad. Now (to Cooper) don't string this out any longer -- I can't take it!" Of course he does. His correspondence with the British Shell Collectors' Club was intolerable! This is a perfect book to keep on a coffee table or next to a desk. Read only a couple of letters each day for a laugh. I wouldn't recommend reading it cover to cover as it will get repetitive.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Moldgeier on 30 Nov 2005
Format: Paperback
If in a moment of madness you "risk" picking up the RETURN OF THE TIME WASTER LETTERS by Robin Cooper, you will find yourself with a serious and incurable condition; a condition commonly referred to as Time Wasting Reading. It means that once you have started this book you will find yourself mesmerized, suffering from uncontrollable mirth and unable to stop reading.
I started by reading just one of the letters, I found myself trapped and unable to stop, and so read three … utterly ridiculous I thought, as I laughed out loud with tears rolling down my face. So I bought the book and laughed all the way home on the bus.
It is just wickedly funny and totally absorbing. A total waste of time certainly, but how I enjoyed it… the re-read was even funnier and the re-read of the re-read even funnier still.
Robin Cooper’s humour is wacky and totally outrageous. I recommended it to anyone, especially people who are too busy to have any time to waste…
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Johnson on 2 Jan 2006
Format: Paperback
The original Timewaster Letters book was without question one of the funniest books I have ever come across. I had never heard of it and initially borrowed it. I recall being pleased that I had not read the book in public due to the embarassment that would have been caused by the extensive laugh out loud moments.
In the Return of the Timewaster Letters, that is gone. Initially I thought it was that the originality of the first book was what caused the laughs, so I re-read it and yes, I was still laughing out loud so the Return simply is not nearly as funny. There are some good moments, but they are few and far between.
If you have not read The Timewaster Letters, read that first. If you have read The Timewaster Letters, only read this if you were a major fan of the first book, though expect to feel a little let down.
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