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The Machine Doctor [Paperback]

Peter Burnett
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  • Paperback: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Argyll Publishing; 1st ed 1st printg edition (7 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902831330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902831336
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,401,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Burnett is found in Scotland. He has had a variety of jobs; Burnett has worked for Amnesty International, as a cycle courier, talking cactus, mapper and for an insurance firm. Nowadays Burnett develops websites.

Burnett has a degree in Cultural History from Aberdeen University and a Hons BD in Theology from Glasgow University, where he won a gold medal for Hebrew translation.

He also studied at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq and has been awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship, and been a St Andrews Scholar for the Church of Scotland in Jerusalem.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A linguistically delirious, caustic comdedy 18 Aug 2001
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Peter Burnett's first novel is a real treat. There are parts in mathematical formulae, rhyme, pidgin English, Welshian parody - it's such a cliche about young writers 'finding their voice' that it's a joy to read someone who finds so many. But the comedy has a serious purpose - this book is a searing indictment of the alienating effects of the 21st century; from pointless retail to dead end Call Centre jobs. The plot involves 20,000 computers in Aberdeen, several viruses, corrupt councillors, bampots, numpties, Stone Circles, robots, cyberporn and the most efficacious method of growing carrots. A superb debut: hopefully the first of many
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 8 Feb 2002
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Hilarious, un-put-down-able, ingenious! Those who remember the great Congy Ben catalogues will adore this rummage around Aberdeen's more farcical moments. This should at least be shortlisted for the Saltire Prize.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Burnett, Brilliant! 10 Oct 2001
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This is a winner. A worthy successor to Burnett's controversial "The Supper Book". Buy it at once! You'll find everything you need to know about the vaguries of Aberdeen city council, as well as some top gardening tips. Chuffed!
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