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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and witty take on property ads in UK
I bought this book yeas ago, (it had a white cover then), as it made me laugh. It is a compilation of some of Roy Brooks unusual property ads when he ran his estate agency in London. To quote the foreword in the edition I have, "he became famous for his revolutionary, outrageous, funny and, occasion for the owners, painfully accurate advertisements for the properties he...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Beware this has been published before
This is a reprint of 'Brothel in Pimlico' which was published in 2001. Unfortunately this is not a autobiography or biography of Roy Brooks' life, which would be worth reading. However, it is quite an amusing list of house adverts, and they do seem very refreshing compared with modern day advertising. Its a book to dip into rather than read straight off.
Published on 18 Nov 2004


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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and witty take on property ads in UK, 2 Mar 2012
This review is from: Mud Straw and Insults: Confessions of an Honest Estate Agent (Hardcover)
I bought this book yeas ago, (it had a white cover then), as it made me laugh. It is a compilation of some of Roy Brooks unusual property ads when he ran his estate agency in London. To quote the foreword in the edition I have, "he became famous for his revolutionary, outrageous, funny and, occasion for the owners, painfully accurate advertisements for the properties he advertised." Some of those ads were originally put together in this slim volume and all the proceeds of that edition of this book were donated to The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

One snippet quotes his policy: "Truth in advertising ... we find it pays to disclose the worst. We are still selling houses faster than we can get them, and can sell yours if its in Town." Roy used dry British wit and humour to tell the truth and still attract sales and, though he died prematurely in 1971, there is still a chain of Roy Brooks estate agents, (realtors to Americans), in London, though they sadly don't use Roy's unique selling methods any more as far as I know.

If you can relate to London, especially in the 1950s to 1970s, and would enjoy a glimpse of Roy's unique and successful ads and wit, do get this little gem! It paints a picture of London property and society that doesn't exist in the same way now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brothel in Pimlico, 9 Mar 2013
This review is from: Mud Straw and Insults: Confessions of an Honest Estate Agent (Hardcover)
Actually you are all wrong - Brothel in Pimlico was a much loved book belonging to my estate agent father - his copy shows a first published date of 1985 - however, given that R.B. was writing/working in the '60's there must surely be an earlier edition.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Beware this has been published before, 18 Nov 2004
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This review is from: Mud Straw and Insults: Confessions of an Honest Estate Agent (Hardcover)
This is a reprint of 'Brothel in Pimlico' which was published in 2001. Unfortunately this is not a autobiography or biography of Roy Brooks' life, which would be worth reading. However, it is quite an amusing list of house adverts, and they do seem very refreshing compared with modern day advertising. Its a book to dip into rather than read straight off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Estate Agent ever !, 29 Dec 2013
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A trip down memory lane ! We used to avidly read his scathing and often funny reviews of property on his books !!
and just see the prices then !!!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars not what you think, 13 Nov 2004
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This review is from: Mud Straw and Insults: Confessions of an Honest Estate Agent (Hardcover)
This is nothing more than a collection of real estate ads written by the author.
In context they might have bee refreshing and hilarious. However, brought together like this, they read like a series of, er, real estate ads, with the added disadvantage that there's no real estate for sale.
Utterly pointless - possibly the worst book I've ever seen, and certainly not the amusing memoir of a real estate veteran, as I'd hoped.
Really: don't bother, under any circumstances. You'd have more fun going to your dentist to read 3-year-old Sunday supplements. In fact, it's probably more fun to have dental surgery. Without anaesthetic.
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