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on 29 June 2008
I chose this book, because I was after something different from village school teachers and school inspector's tales. Not because I was bored of them, but thought it might be interesting to see another take on village life and village characters.
Philip Serrell's novel doesn't quite fit the criteria of this genre of books. These are tales of a country auctioneer, which have been put together throughout the book as `lots', a clever technique by the author. These lots represent stories and anecdotes from Philip's past, and within their own right, I feel they are great. However, strung together as they have been did not quite sit right with me.
The setting of the books, in Worcester and its outlying areas provides us with all the quaint farm owners, little old ladies with strange habits, possessions to sell and the workforce with their idiosyncrasies and out of tune whistling.
But this book has no timeline structure and I felt I was jumping backwards and forwards with stories, from the seventies to eighties to current day. It opens promisingly with the start of Serrrell's venture into the antiques, and in my opinion it should have carried along from that, at the pace that was set by the first chapter/lot. We would have at least seen how Serrells expertise and experience got better, the tales would then have all slotted in nicely.
Nonetheless, this is a heart warming tale and if you can overlook my personal comments, and just feel you want a book to while away a few hours then this is the one for you.