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Imagine My Surprise...: Unpublished Letters to The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Books) Hardcover – 18 Oct 2012

4.6 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (18 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178131019X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781310199
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Hilarious, diverting and surprisingly edifying reading.'

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About the Author

Iain Hollinghsead spent two years on the Letters to the Editor desk before becoming a full-time feature writer for The Daily Telegraph. His more serious assignments have included reporting on the student riots in London and interviewing everyone from Michael Atherton to Gurkha veterans to a member of Seal Team Six, the elite unit which killed Osama bin Laden.
His less serious assignments have included taking a bath in Las Vegas with six albino rabbits, spending three days behind the scenes at the Miss England competition, camping outside Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding, eating in five Michelin starred restaurants in one day, learning to flirt in Pizza Express, learning to Dance in Mamma Mia!, performing stand-up comedy to 300 eight-year-olds, training with the Royal Marines, climbing into a Spitfire and experiencing a Brighton nudist beach first hand. He now writes freelance for the paper. He has edited four bestselling collections of unpublished letters from the Daily Telegraph for Aurum.

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This is the fourth book of unpublished letters to the Daily Telegraph and I've really enjoyed them all - therefore this is an edited version of my review of the second book in the series, as the format of the books is very similar.
There are some letters which are just humorous, some which lead up to a dreadful pun, and there are some that are so bigoted that it's difficult to believe that they have not been written in jest - but you fear they were not.
It's a very easy read, and at times laugh-out-loud funny. A great book for yourself or as a gift.
I think, in general, people who have read one or more of the others will be very pleased to read this new volume, indeed might even be looking forward to receiving this as a present.
There are possibly not quite as many laugh-out-loud moments compared with previous years - but still highly amusing...
...and so much more enjoyable than last year's corresponding volume from the Daily Mail (and that is because of content, not my views of the two news papers).
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I do hope these books are going to continue year on year as they are such sheer joy to read
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A real treat and a must every year. Should keep it for Christmas but my husband gets when it arrives as I know how he enjoys it, If I had any will power it would make a great 'stocking filler'.
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A book to "dip into" if you want a good laugh. Small enough to put in handbag to read in dentist/doctor/hospital waiting rooms.Will make you laugh out loud, surprising how many letters you seem to agree with!
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God bless the Telegraph readers; mad as snakes and sharp as tacks, the whole boiling of them. At this rate there won't be room in my coffin for my poor old corpse, as the list of books I plan to take into eternity is constantly augmented, and will include at least one of the Telegraph beauties or some people will find themselves seriously haunted.
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By Ali on 21 Nov. 2012
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This is such a wonderful book - a brilliant Christmas present for almost anyone. Funny, warm and a lovely reminder of the past year's news.
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Three years ago I bought 'Am I alone in thinking' for my father's christmas present and for an 80 year old Telegraph reader this was such a hit that I have happily solved his annual gift problem by purchasing the latest offering each year. I must confess I do read it myself before gift wrapping it and this year's book is as good as ever. Anyone with an elderly relative who reads the Telegraph, here is your Xmas gift solution.
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Hugely funny letters to the Telegraph which sadly do not get printed in the daily papers. A 'laugh out loud' book. I always wish that I the skill to write such amusing letters but enjoy reading them.
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