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Some good material, but shame about the quality
on 17 June 2011
For those of us who still miss Bob, this is a good compliation of his material, although mainly the games at the end are the most original. The pages in the book contain a few orginal anecdotes but also touch on events that Bob himself described in his autobiography, Crying With Laughter, often in more depth and always with a better writing style.
There can be no doubt that Dave Ismay knows what he's talking about, but through the stories, especially after Bob's death, Dave Ismay fails to hold his own opinions in sufficient check. Likely all this would have needed was some sensitive editing to stop Dave coming across as really quite unfeeling, especially about Bob's widow Jackie and her passing. However he is himself, in his writing he gives the impression of being insensitive, despite his obviously unbounded loyalty to Bob.
Apart from this, as with so many books these days, there are a couple of typos to spoil things. Without wanting to sound like a pedant (although I am), this is a very well produced book: lovely hardcover with one of the best portrait shots of Bob on the back of the dust-jacket I've ever seen. But on page 138 we have, in the very first line, "One summer afternoon in 2004 Bob and I met..." which is an obvious typo because Bob died in December 2003; again, on page 166, Dave describes clearing out Bob's stuff in February 2003, supposedly after Bob's funeral; and finally on page 267 in the Acknowledgements, where "English setter" requires "'s". This book is still worth the money, but these mistakes spoil a good product.