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Two books for the price of one?
on 10 June 2004
When I was given this book I was sceptical as to how the author’s experiences setting up and running a small-town diner could have provided enough material for a 400-page book actually worth reading to the end. Then (as I read it pretty much straight through) I worked out Chris Nye’s trick: he’s actually combined two books in one. The first is a very funny primer for wannabe entrepreneurs eager to avoid the obvious mistakes, or happy to enjoy someone else’s for a change. The second is a spot-on portrait of life in a small country town full (like all small towns) of bored youths, single mums and pound shops. The characters are pleasingly eccentric and the anecdotes always affectionately told. I understand Chris Nye’s brother is the man who wrote Men Behaving Badly, one of the best British sitcoms ever. Maximum Diner’s style is a lot gentler, but there’s never any shortage of laughs.