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The Morello Letters [Kindle Edition]

Duncan McNair
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A collection of hilarious letters sent to the great and good of British society. Mr. Morello is a slightly confused, pear-shaped forty-five year old Italian immigrant living with his larger, plump wife Mrs. Morello and three children -- Tosti, Amphora and Rizzo -- in that most salubrious of London suburbs: Ealing. As a family, they share a curious fondness for all things British and yet by dint of their Italian heritage, struggle to come to terms with some of our more esoteric characteristics. As such, the ever-inquisitive Mr. Morello, a fastidious and prodigious letter writer, takes it upon himself to correspond with the great institutions and individuals of our fine nation -- from Tony Blair, George W Bush, The Lord Chancellor, Richard Branson, and the Archbishop of Canterbury to Gordon Ramsay and The Bank of England, The Guild of Professional English Butlers and British Home Stores to West Bromwich Albion Football Club -- in an attempt to have his seemingly endless list of quandaries answered by the experts and at times, in vain attempts to secure employment for his idling children. These hilarious letters, composed in Mr. Morello's bizarre English-Italian hybrid vernacular, and plethora of responses from the great and not so good, follow a long and successful tradition of prankish correspondence, as pioneered by Lazlo Toth, Henry Root and more recently Robin Cooper's 'Timewaster Letters'. A good-natured exploration of British customs and idiosyncrasies, written with gentle and generous humour, 'The Morello Letters' is that rarest of commodities: a humour book that is actually very funny.

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Duncan McNair is the youngest of 7 children and is a lawyer in the City. He and all other males in his family are colour blind.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2138 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Monster Publications (23 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,278 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I have been a fan of this genre for a considerable period having enjoyed, in particular, the Timewaster Letters series and the "Daddy": The Henry Root letters.

The Morello Letters, in my opinion, take the genre to a whole new level.

The letters taken individually are 'laugh out loud" funny. Indeed, I had an embarrassing moment at a tube station when I went into uncontrollable hysterics whilst reading (my personal favourite) a letter to the Health Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, made even funnier by a humourless, dead-pan response.

However, what takes these letters onto a new plane is the careful development of the Morello characters through the letters. And the Monty-esque, off-the-wall use of farmyard and zoo animals as a means to hysterical humour.

I really cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is a must for anyone with a sense of humour!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awaste of time 17 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Having loved The Henry Root Letters many years ago, I was looking forward to this book but it was a pale imitation of Henry Root and not even marginally amusing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Morello Letters 25 April 2014
By H Zand
“The Morello letters: Pen Pal to the Stars” and its sequel “More Morello Letters…” are two collections of intelligent spoof letters written by an eminent lawyer to great and good: politicians, CEOs, church leaders, etc. Actual response to each letter appears side by side. Wit, originality, social observation all come together in these books. This is English humour at its best! Sheer pleasure and laughter. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them and highly recommend them.

Dr H Zand
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last - a new giant of English humour rises 27 Nov. 2007
The Morello Letters must surely rank alongside the great works of English literary humour. There are echoes of Chaucer, Wycherley and Congreve in these marvellous pages; this is the book which Wilde would have written in his mature years. So keenly observed is the humour that often one can drift into reverie under the blissful illusion that Jane Austen is once again walking among us. MacNair is a bright firework bursting upon the cold night of the English comedy of manners. May his light endure and bathe the world of literary humour with golden showers of heady satisfaction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Monotonous! 9 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was quire boring and I should have read it before buying the follow up. Waste of money for me
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A laugh out loud gem 28 Sept. 2012
By Sophie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded this at the airport before boarding a flight to Spain, initially as something to distract me from the flight (nervous flyer is an understatement). And it worked a treat. Not only did I not notice a rather bumpy plane ride, rather that everyone else noticed me, crying with laughter (not fear, for once!) at the back of the plane. I then proceeded to read out my favourite letters (Raymond Blanc, all of the requests to name various pets after people and in particular the one to the London Underground concerning a lost hamster) to my boyfriend who then joined me in laughing uncontrollably.

I think I may have disturbed a number of people sunbathing with my laughter as well, but I make no apologies!

I fully intend on reading the second book on my commute to and from work and probably scaring the living daylights out of fellow miserable commuters with loud bouts of laughter on the tube too.

Conclusion: Buy this book.
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By issy
This is a must read book ,very funny and enjoyable to read can highly recommend to anyone. If you are looking for a great christmas present this book is it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid entertainment! 28 July 2010
This is a hilarious collection of spoof letters to the famous and not so famous people and institutions, by the marvellously eccentric Mr and Mrs Morello of Ealing, and from their extended family and menagerie of animals.

Among the dozens of splendidly entertaining missives are enquiries to Sir Cliff Richard about naked rambling; to Lord George (Archbishop) Carey on recommending a good electrician; to Blackpool Tourist Board on losing a flip flop on the beach some weeks before; to John Prescott, asking if he would mind having a bull-terrier puppy named in his honour; and to Selfridges, with a request that Mrs Morello be permitted to visit the store with Enoch the Goat to test out a new mattress.

Equally delightful are the responses - especially when they are in keeping with the requests. Notable examples are those from newsreader Jon Snow, regarding being fed through the television screen; and from Barking and Dagenham Planning Department on the requirements for installing a `Summer Holiday' Routemaster bus in their roof.

The volume is a truly delightful collection of laugh-out-loud letters, written by a masterful comic imagination, full of wonderful malapropisms and absurdist situations. They will provide as much entertainment for the reader as I'm sure they did for the correspondents.
The Morello Letters: Penpal to the Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 14 days ago by tina martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I can highly recommend this book, very funny and enjoyable. Ideal for a christmas gift.
Published 4 months ago by Stephanie Wakely
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable
funny and sweet
Published 4 months ago by TwirlySue
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good many thanks
Published 5 months ago by VC
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Variation on a theme but some of these letters made me laugh out loud.
Published 7 months ago by Tony Eye
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
Hilarious book, brilliant
Published 7 months ago by bethan evans
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% FUNNY
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! Lots of LOL moments. Absolutely hilarious! Strongly recommend this book for anyone who has a sense of humour.
Published 11 months ago by fazal elahi
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud - hysterical!
I highly recommend this hilarious book. Not only is it funny, but it draws people together.

Due to my frequent fits of hysterical laughter while reading The Morello... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr G Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read full of British humour
I was amazed to see the number of answers from politicians to institutions given to the Morell's strange requests. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Laurène
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and hard to put down...
A brilliant book to pick up and read a page at a time. Really funny letters. It is intriguing to read how businesses etc answer silly questions. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs w m valentine
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