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The Little Black Book of Red Tape: Great British Bureaucracy Hardcover – 8 Nov 2007

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (8 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752889990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752889993
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,985,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I write narrative non-fiction, travel and humour books and contribute to magazines and newspapers. As a BBC Countryfile magazine columnist, I write a monthly feature on Reading the Landscape, but my work has also appeared in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Radio Times, Countryside Voice and many others.

I co-presented a Radio 4 documentary Three Men in a Float - an account, like the book of the same name, of a journey across Britain in an electric milk float with Dan Kieran and Prasanth Visweswaran. The journey took three weeks on account of the float's maximum range - around 35 miles - and it's maximum speed - approximately 15 mph, or slightly less than the velocity of a speeding bee (we know this, because one overtook us in Cornwall). We planned very little of it in advance and just headed off with a touching faith in human kindness; we had to temporarily re-wire around 20 cooker mains, a few campsites and a couple of factories - all from people we had never met before - to get the required amperage to re-charge our batteries.

My website is at http://www.ianvince.co.uk
My Facebook author page is at: https://www.facebook.com/IanVinceAuthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/579396.Ian_Vince
I also operate sites at http://www.britishlandscape.org and
http://www.socialscrutiny.org

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with a deft turn of phrase and an astutue eye for the ridiculous, Vince and his correspondents expose this petty officialdom in all its infuriating, and often hilarious, glory (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A compendium of insane British Bureaucracy

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for an annoying colleague at work who is a jobsworth, never got round to giving it to her, but kept it instead, a good laugh and many home truths!
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I agree with other reviewer it's not a great read. Many of the anecdotes I had heard over the years, disappointing.
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Format: Paperback
Picking up this book in the bookshop, I assumed it would be a selection of amusing red tape anecdotes. After all, part of the title is "Tales of Red Tape and Jobsworths".

However it isn't. The author has essentially written a short history about red tape, and whilst that may be of interest, it does not do what it says on the tin! There are of course some tales, but they are all too infrequent, and I found myself skimming some passages to get to the good bits.
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