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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (6 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340922796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340922798
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,572 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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There are clear comparisons between Pam and Sir John Betjeman (Daily Express)

'Observant, mocking, gently thought-provoking. SURGICALLY ENHANCED . . . is one of her best' (Daily Telegraph)

'Engrossing and wonderfully evocative . . . better than ever before. SURGICALLY ENHANCED is Ayres at her heartiest. Always therapeutic - good for our hearts and souls - and always there to bring a glow to the cheeks and a tear to the eye.' (Sydney Morning Herald)

'You can't help but warm to Ayres's humorous and wry take on life' (Launceston Examiner)

Number one poetry bestseller of 2007. 'And still she goes on. Eat your hearts out Heaney and Motion.' (The Times)

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The bestselling collection from Britain's best-loved poet and entertainer, Pam Ayres - now with extra new poems for the paperback edition

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Hippy chick on 7 Feb 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm usually into thrillers but saw Pam Ayres promoting her book on the TV and asked my husband to get it for me as one of my Christmas presents, saying that I could do with a giggle.

Well, what can I say? First thing that struck me was that whilst reading it, (to myself, not even out loud), I found that I was reading it with an endearing Pam Ayres accent! Couldn't help myself and it just made it all so much more real somehow.

Her tales of times growing up brought back lots of lovely memories of my own happy childhood. Wish I'd known about that handy trick to catch crayfish though, love those.

All the tales are just so what could happen to any of us and probably has or will at some point in our lives but she just has such a wonderful way of expressing them.

I foolishly started reading this just before bedtime and naturally couldn't put it down until it was finished. Resulting in some very strange sideways glances from my almost sleeping husband as I tried to stifle my chuckles once I'd made it up to bed with the book.

This was a real pleasure to read and some welcome light relief from my usual genre of thrillers. I've never read any Pam Ayres books before, but will certainly be reading more in future. I'm sure her older works are equally as laughable.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alan Burridge on 21 Oct 2007
Format: Hardcover
a Pam Ayres book, but never got off my backside to get one, then this wagged its 'come hither' finger at me in Asda last Saturday. Always enjoyed her work, she's not on TV enough, but is 'On Tour' right now, I found, if you check her website
This book is a cracker and will have you chuckling along all the way through, because Pam always writes about events we can relate to, which is her great strength.
Get a copy, then, like I'm planning to do, get some of her other books from Amazon; my idleness has now been cured, as laughter, is indeed, a wonderful thing. She dishes up exceptionally good British humour in a world where American humour seems to be trying to take over, and OK, maybe I'm one-in-a-million, but The Simpson's and all the other codswallop from the U S of A JUST DOESN'T DO ANYTHING for me; Pam Ayres does, in bucketloads!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By S. Wallace on 22 Nov 2006
Format: Hardcover
A brilliant read poetry to make you laugh, her style is always quirky I wish I could write as she. I would recommend to any one who needs a little light entertainment. I can still see her renditions from years ago and always believed she was the female version of Benny Hill with her facial expressions as she recited her works.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tomson on 8 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
Surgically Enhanced is another of Pam Ayres' publications which amply demonstrates her quirky humour. She can get her messages home without the need for "edgy" presentation used by many "modern comedians".
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By I. N. Terry VINE VOICE on 30 Nov 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Isn't Pam Ayres wonderful! What a National Treasure!! These bite-sized reads, whether poem or prose, ring with her Oxfordshire accent and the twinkle in her eye. As a fine reflection of the quirks of middle-aged life, I hope my wife will forgive me for giving her this title for Christmas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By An Avid Reader on 23 May 2010
Format: Paperback
Pam has always cracked me up and this book is no exception. She writes little stories as well as poems with her usual wit, I especially like "Reading the map" so funny and so true about how men and women have rows in the car about the woman's map reading skills (or lack of them!) and "If I only had me glasses I'd be there" where she writes a little story about having to wear reading glasses now and never being able to find them, this is followed by the poem.

I love her easy to relate to, easy to read style of poetry, full of humour and is a joy to read, I never fail to laugh when reading a Pam Ayres book!

If you like Pam Ayres you'll also love "The Poetry of Passion (for People with a Pulse)" which is written in the same rhyming, easy to identify with style and is mostly about love.

The Poetry of Passion (for People with a Pulse)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms S H Glassbrook on 27 Jun 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Another fabulous book by Pam Ayres. You cannot fail to have a sense of humour reading her
poems and enjoying a good belly laugh. She is certainly very talented and I would highly
recommend this read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carole farrell on 23 Mar 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Thoroughly enjoyed when I borrowed it from library, so bought for a friend for Christmas. She said that she enjoyed it too.
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