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starts promising but falls over its own hypocrisy...
on 30 December 2007
This book was 'dictated' by the author who (quite proudly it seems) cannot read or write himself. There is even a 'I swear that all that is in this book is true...' type of preamble to the book which, I have to say, made me suspicious from the start.
However the stories told by Mr Cobbles are entertaining and you do get an insight into the 'travelling' life. However hypocrisy is obviously something this man is not aware of as while on one hand he berates us 'gorgeis' (those who live in houses) for unfairly tarring him and his fellow 'mushes/tinkers/gypsies etc' (all used in the book) as criminals or ne'er-do-wells, the next page he is winking and nudging all the way through his story how he and one of his pals 'aquired' a Truck and some paint so that no one would be able to track the stolen vehicle down. This is just one example of double-standards.
At the point he and his family were all 'forced' into a house and the subsequent pictures of him and his family all stood proudly smiling outside their nice semi in some suburban area next to the picture of his 'dear ol mum' getting into a hired strecth limo resplendent with Tiara, I stopped caring.
What this book needed was a good editing (what was the point of a picture of him drinking a cup of 'rosie' again?), but I feel that would have made the book too small. It was a diverting read, but fails about half way through to keep one's attention and you stop caring about the author.