- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (6 Sept. 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 (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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)
This book has anecdotes written in Pam's usual witty way as well as poems and is very entertaining and is written with her usual observant style about life and funny incidents that will have you laughing and agreeing with her.
I especially identified with her anecdote about going to a different hairdresser (because she was away from home) and how we tend to say "oh its very nice, thanks very much" when really we hate it!
I also loved the Global Warming poem and the anecdote about shopping on the internet.
She has inspired me so much and I love her books.
Review by Juliette Westbrook-Finch, author of The Poetry of Passion (for People with a Pulse)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this as a present for someone else so I presume they read it but I cant really review itPublished 22 days ago by Robert Walters
WONDERFUL AS USUAL. JUST RIGHT IF YOU ARE HAVING A BAD DAY. A CUP OF TEA AND PAM AYRES YOU CANT GO WRONGPublished 9 months ago by TIGGER
As always a good read by Pam Ayres and funny. Arrived even earlier than expected which is great.Published 11 months ago by millie
If you like Pam Ayres, you'll love this. Written with her great sense of humour rolled into her memories.Published 17 months ago by J. A. Milligan
Brilliant book. There's a laugh on every page. She writes about things that we can all relate to which happen in every day life. Will look for more of her books now. Great read! Read morePublished 18 months ago by miss mollie