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An Auctioneers Lot by Philip Serrell,
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I have watched Bargain Hunt on the BBC at lunchtimes for some time and my favourite expert has always been Philip Serrell because of his caustic wit and dry sense of humour. So really wanted to read this book and was not disappointed. It describes how he got into the auctioneering in the first place and generally follows his career in a series of amusing anecdotes - the 'chapters' are called 'Lots' and generally describe a particular sale or lot. The thing that makes it come to life is a number of hilarious characters he encounters along the way, both in his own company and clients. The one that really stands out is his first boss Mr Rayer, the man with the tin leg, who amongst other things drives with a total disregard for other road users. He doesn't stop this disability stop him from doing anything, often with near disastrous consequences for all concerned.
Overall a great read although I did think the initial humour tailed off a bit towards the end but looking forward to reading the sequel.