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They Call Me Naughty Lola: Personal Ads from the London Review of Books Hardcover – 28 Nov 2006

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  • Hardcover: 165 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company; 1st Edition edition (28 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416540296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416540298
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,309,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The funniest thing I've read in months. (Stuart Jeffries Guardian)

a delicious read, stuffed with comically self-deprecating and very British encapsulations of personality. (Victoria Coren Observer)

The most hilariously honest lonely hearts ads...cringeingly embarrassing. (Daily Mail)

A foolproof guide to attracting the right kind of attention (Independent)

Winning, charming, laugh-out-loud (Times)

A quirky, erudite and addictively readable collection of lonely hearts ads - you'll love [it]. (Elle Magazine)

The sauciest stocking-filler and best loo book I've ever read...Everybody's got to buy it. (Rachael Stirling Loose Ends) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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David Rose is the advertising director of the London Review of Books; the personal ads were his brainchild, and were first published in 1998. He has never been tempted to respond to any of the ads. He is married, and lives in Liverpool. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. Burge on 13 Dec. 2006
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The funniest thing I have read in a long time. A brilliant composition of lonely heart adds that range from side splittingly funny to just plain weird. I didn't think that people could be so open,direct and funny just by writing 30 words about themselves. I can't think of anybody who wouldn't enjoy this book, an ideal gift that i've passed on to many friends and family members.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BananaTricky on 7 Feb. 2013
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The London Review of Books attracts a rather eclectic group of readers and their personal ads range from the odd to the seriously disturbed - the title is lifted from one ad which (like many) unesaily straddles the fence between screamingly funny and slightly concerning.

I received the second book (Sexually I'm More of a Switzerland) as a Christmas present a few years ago and I have been searching for this book ever since - many thanks to the Amazon seller! I have to say I think the second book is funnier, perhaps because the writers were aware they could be published?

Anyway, if you want to see the neuroses of the English of a certain age and intellectual leaning look no further!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jim 8888 on 15 Jun. 2008
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This book takes pride of place as my favourite toilet read, next to Letterbox by Viz. A quintessential selection of British humour, intelligence and wit, combined with quiet desperation and understated sexual frenzy, you just know that more than half these submissions are written to entertain instead of attract a mate. Let's face it, if you were as half as funny as these personal ads are, you wouldn't be crying yourself to sleep every night in your lonely bedsit or mansion. Buy it, and find your heart warmed by the human condition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Goddard on 9 Feb. 2010
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Prepare to laugh your socks off. These ads are a balm to sooth the sores of even the most depressed singleton. They make being sad and lonely seem far more fun than being part of a couple. Buy it and share it. If you know of anyone who reads the ads and doesn't find them fabulous, avoid that person forever.
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By Sarah Tipper TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Jun. 2015
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I read this book in its entirety in a couple of hours. Just when you think you’ve found the oddest fish another one comes along to create a huge weird shoal of singletons. Frankly, if anyone got a shag from any of these adverts I’d be very surprised indeed. This book was an education. I learnt what the Kate Bush song “Babooshka” was about, what the squiggles used in place of swearing in comic books are called and also the chronology of Evel Knievel’s career.
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