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The Swag Man (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition

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Length: 31 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 305 KB
  • Print Length: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Tablet Magazine; 1 edition (25 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DNJ2ZEY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 July 2013
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This kindle short is a memoir which takes us from market stalls in Northern England to Chatsworth. Howard Jacobson begins with memories of his father - a market stall holder who sold 'swag'; the only definition of which appears to be that it is both useless and badly made. Jacobson Senior was part sales patter and part entertainer, involved with shady deals and shoddy goods. Unwillingly, his son was often involved in helping with his sales pitch, although there were more willing (and possibly more useful) volunteers. Many years later, Howard meets up with one of those young men, who had worked alongside his father and became a well known and respected art collector. This is a short read, but full of memorable characters, especially the authors father and the irrepressible Frankie Cohen.
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Absolutely loved it.Laughed all the way thru.Its hilarious
Howard is so perceptive and such a gifted writer
Recommended it to everyone that came from that era + all those that didn't .
Wish it was produced in hardback as a short story,I would buy it by the hundreds and gift it to everyone I met,and sell it in The Clothes Shop!
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I loved every minute of it, if there was a Booker Prize for short stories this would win hands down.Even though am in it .Howard's
eye for observation is to perfection.

Amazon should deliver this to every home in Manchester(Prestwich,Whitefield and Hale) and give Howard the proceeds.
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Very short story. Focused only briefly the life of the author's father as a 'swag man' then went off in another direction, describing one of the swag man's assistants and his life as an art collector.
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This short book took me back to my childhood. Although I didn't visit Manchester, it was reminiscent of my many visits to London's Petticoat Lane and brought back great memories even though I didn't understand what was happening all of the time, everything falls into place now. A little gem.
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I bought this book thinking it might be really funny, and offer a different insight into the Manchester Jewish community. Sadly it wasn't and didn't. It got off to a good enough start, but about half way through (and we're talking a book of less than 100 pages) it seemed to lose any thread as if the author had either lost interest or didn't really know where to go from there.
I finished it (not hard given it's length), but was disappointed.
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Just not my "cup of tea", wouldn't recommend it. i just didn't get it. Wouldn't read this author again. hh
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Ok but rather boring and not very interesting. You won't miss anything by not reading it - not worth buying
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