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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for "Yes, Minister"-fans!
If you like "Yes, Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister", you will absolutely LOVE this book. It contains all of Humprey, Bernard and Jim's clever quotes and pieces of wisdom. From Humprey's 12 stage delaying tactics, to Bernard's pedantry and Jim Hacker's quotes about the EEC - it's all in there!

Additionally, it contains a few bits that are neither on the TV...
Published on 28 May 2010 by Patrick

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One to avoid, unfortunately.
The 'Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister' series certainly deserves a strong companion title but unfortunately this isn't it.

The book contains a great deal of rehashed material, in terms of the collected wisdom from the show, and while it's nice to have it condensed into a shorter reference work the book misses too many opportunities (such as finally making...
Published on 17 April 2010 by Bodie


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One to avoid, unfortunately., 17 April 2010
The 'Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister' series certainly deserves a strong companion title but unfortunately this isn't it.

The book contains a great deal of rehashed material, in terms of the collected wisdom from the show, and while it's nice to have it condensed into a shorter reference work the book misses too many opportunities (such as finally making similar-calibre material from the 'Yes Prime Minister' computer game (yes, it did exist for the platforms of the time - Commodore 64, etc) available to a wider audience. Where it does mention something new, or largely obscure (such as the computer game - see p.13), it tantalises frustratingly and momentarily, without telling us anything.

To add to its sins the book lets down the high standards of design exhibited by the "diary of a cabinet minister" style series novelisations and the 1988 and 1989 diaries published by Doubleday (actual diaries, but including short handwritten notes from the 'owners' - Sir Humphrey and Jim Hacker - along with personal ephemera). The cover, just to take the first example, has an enormous white space above the title making it look as though the wording has somehow slipped or that the cover was designed for a book of entirely different dimensions.

As an avowed Hacker-backer I was looking forward to this title once I was aware it was coming, but it disappoints mightily. I hope one day that YM/YPM will get the book it deserves, but for now this isn't it. Not recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A miscellany worth missing, 19 July 2010
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Ian Shine (England) - See all my reviews
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While the Yes Minister scripts are a work of genius, of two men at the top of their game, they lose something of their brilliance when reproduced between two hard covers, rather than by Paul Eddington, Sir Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds.
Unfortunately that is what the bulk of this miscellany is, reproductions of Sir Humphrey's labyrinthine speeches and Bernard's wry observations, all of which are very nice, but all of which I'd rather watch and listen to for real. As another reviewer has mentioned, the only non-TV bits are the introduction, the main characters' 'Obituaries', which are about the best thing in here, and the interesting but not all that engaging Thatcher Script.
All in all, this is a miscellany worth missing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for "Yes, Minister"-fans!, 28 May 2010
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If you like "Yes, Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister", you will absolutely LOVE this book. It contains all of Humprey, Bernard and Jim's clever quotes and pieces of wisdom. From Humprey's 12 stage delaying tactics, to Bernard's pedantry and Jim Hacker's quotes about the EEC - it's all in there!

Additionally, it contains a few bits that are neither on the TV series nor in the accompanying books such as 'Obituaries' for all three main characters and the Thatcher Script.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real joy - pure pleasure from the corridors of power, 5 April 2011
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Mark Meynell "quaesitor" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Yes Minister Miscellany (Paperback)
For any fan of the 5 series, this book is a little gem - the perfect book to dip into frequently. It picks up some of the programme's most brilliant writing (eg Sir Humphrey's extended speeches or Bernard's excessive pedantry or tactics for stalling ministers).

It can never replace the DVDs (The Complete Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - Collector's Box Set [DVD]) of course, because the programmes form a unique synergy between writers, actors and directors - eg you can't read Sir Humphrey without hearing the wonderfully smooth and unruffled (mostly) intonation of Nigel Hawthorne. And it is a simple way in to the wonderful printed 'diaries' (The Complete Yes Prime Minister: The Diaries of the Right Hon.James Hacker).

But it is a treat nevertheless - not least because of the retrospective introduction written in 2009 by original writers, Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is it really like this?, 20 Dec. 2010
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Great little book full of humour of the corridors of power - but then I'm a fan of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious from start to finish., 19 Dec. 2013
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Despite the passage of time since the first broadcasts, this is still a hilarious and perceptive read. Not much has changed in the corridors of power and the procedural strategies of the civil service still seem to win the day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes Prime Minister Miscellany, 11 Aug. 2013
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A brilliant book full of all the usual government rubbish with an edge. Fabulous. A great laugh and fun for all fans and those who have not yet had the pleasure of YES MINISTER.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 24 July 2013
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Brought this as a present for my husband who loved the series, he is really enjoying and regularly laughs out loud.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 16 Mar. 2012
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Robin S Parkinson-Bates "Robin P-B" (Noosaville, Queensland Australia) - See all my reviews
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Perhaps my expectations were too high, but having seen the TV series and bought the books of the scripts, I thought this book might have something different. It was really just more of the same. Quite disappointing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, minister, 15 Jan. 2012
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Good postal service, book includes interesting facts from series, full script of Mrs T's sketch, and lot of quotes from all the programes, still relevant today!
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