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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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About the Author

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 (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,853 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A laugh aloud book 22 May 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A great was interesting to read the replies to the spoof letters.also t h e recipients who didn't answer!I can recommend this book for light relief
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