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Surgically Enhanced [Paperback]

Pam Ayres
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6 Sep 2007
Pam Ayres is one of our most widely-adored poets throughout the world and is nothing less than a national treasure. Her work is popular with fans of all ages, and her wry observations on the peculiarities of modern life will raise a smile from even the most hardened cynic. This new collection is a must-have for Pam's many fans - and for anyone who enjoys beautifully crafted stories and poems to make you laugh and make you think.

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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: 217,573 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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4.7 out of 5 stars
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh what a joy! 7 Feb 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Always Promised Myself 21 Oct 2007
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 22 Nov 2006
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Pam Ayres Enhancement 8 Feb 2009
By Tomson
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Our National Treasure! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars very funny, you'll be glad you bought it. 23 May 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Pamy Ayres 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Surgically Enhanced 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
If you like Pam Ayres, you'll love this. Written with her great sense of humour rolled into her memories.
Published 1 month ago by J. A. Milligan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book. There's a laugh on every page
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 more
Published 2 months ago by miss mollie
4.0 out of 5 stars Pam Ayres
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Published 2 months ago by carole richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Pam Ayres always makes me laugh, and this book is no exception.
Published 3 months ago by Lizzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Well packed quick receipt and well loved
bought as a gift for an elderly gentleman who loved it so much it has travelled to Spain with him for a month long holiday in the sun so he can dip into it whilst there!
Published 9 months ago by MRS PAULINE BEVIN
5.0 out of 5 stars PAM AYRES IS THE BEST
Pam Ayres is the funniest woman in Britain. She does not have to strain to make her audience laugh. She is a natural. Other so-called 'funny women are not'. Read more
Published 9 months ago by mel rolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars What a laugh,
Pam Ayres is a tonic to read on a day when you are feeling down. There is a laugh a minute within her pages.
Published 10 months ago by maryanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Pam Ayres is a goddess
Pam Ayres is a goddess, as all the world knows
she writes with good humour and touches her toes
she understands husbands and hairy old dogs
and the world is the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Thomas D. Wilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Love you PAM
She is great, very witty and readable. I love how they rhyme and greet you with open arms. You read one and say "Yes that is me or I have been there". Read more
Published 12 months ago by faye player
4.0 out of 5 stars More homely wit from P.A.
This book has more anecdotes than new poems but it brings happy reminiscences of childhood and family life. Read more
Published 12 months ago by G. H. Hellewell
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