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Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books; First edition (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906122156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906122157
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is full of incidents and each chapter ends with practical, sound advice and tips that anyone about to embark on a venture into the hospitality business would do well to read. --The Landsman

About the Author

Edward Miller worked as a journalist for eight years before buying a Blackpool gun dealership at the age of twenty-six. He fulfilled a life-time dream by moving to the Lake District before he was 50, and it was from here that he and his long-suffering wife Alex set up their thriving Bed & Breakfast business. He is the author of Golden Dawn and Geese: Memoirs of a Wildfowler.


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I picked up this book whilst on a short break in the Lake District read a few chapters and had to leave it in the hotel. I came home and just wanted to read more so I bought it! (perhaps this was a cunning plan by either the author to sell the book or the hotelier to get the guests to see things from their perspective).

The book is put together as something of a mix of an "how to", a manual and anecdotal stories and memoirs. The story certainly did not pan out as I expected and just as you think it is about to stagnate it changes up a gear. There are lots of fun and comical anecdotes of the kind anyone who works and enjoys working with people or in the service industry will appreciate and identify with. Nowt as queer as folk as granny would say!

A perfect book for reading on a journey/commute or even whilst the other half watches the Xfactor! Especially for anyone with a love of the countryside.

You can tell that MILLER is not an author by proffesion, however the book is not badly written just perhaps not as polished as some other anecdotal books/autoBs and rather making the book poorer this, in this case grounds the book.
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As someone in a similar line of business, I bought Full English to compare notes and found it both informative and highly amusing.
It makes a lovely change in these days of newspaper reviews and anonymous Trip Advisor remarks from the public, for the hotelier to have his say! The stories of dealing with the public in all its moods, for 25 years, are hilarious and there are lots of helpful tips for anyone thinking of going into the business. I guess the fact that Edward Miller is still going strong after all this time would suggest that he must be getting it right ! Highly recommended.
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If you are thinking of going into the small hotel business, this book is essential reading. A warts and all personal experience which doesn't pull any punches and tells it as it is. Edward Miller has a fluent and conversational style of prose which is very relevant for this type of book. His honest opinions of guests may not be to everyone's taste, but this is exactly what is needed in a "how to do it" manual. More power to your elbow Mr Miller - I may even look up your little gem next time I'm in the Lake District.
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I bought this book as having worked in the hospitality trade for decades thought it may be entertaining reading. It was written by someone who came across as rather know it all but not in a sympathetic way... The book talks as much about their life before and personal issues as much as running a bed and breakfast, sadly therefore one learns little that common sense wouldn't have you know already. A shame really as a lost opportunity for a good read.
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I found the read quite annoying at times and the use of (brackets) everywhere to explain to us less intelligent people what the items are nearly made we put the book down. This book is full of past stories of his extravagant trips to all parts and made we feel as though he just needed to boast about these times as they no longer exist. I wanted details on running a bed and breakfast not a padded story of what belongings he has, where he has been and in what car and how much land he now owns..... I still and no idea about the B&B industry and will not be taking his advice on further reading I can only imagine if he has enjoyed the reading it will be just as annoying as this book, which the reviews of the recommended book seems to indicate.

If you are after a book to help you through the set up, this is not it.....
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