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With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed Hardcover – 26 May 1994

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd; 1st.ed. edition (26 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241134102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241134108
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.4 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,648,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With One Lousy Packet of Seed is Lynne Truss's splendidly malicious novel about contemporary celebrity journalism and its intrusiveness. Much of the plot has to do with the attempt to find something new to say about garden sheds by Osborne, a writer who has done so many profiles that famous people have started to blend into each other in his mind--Truss is often at her funniest when her characters get closest to being entirely deranged. Osborne is one of the regular contributors to a small gardening magazine on its last legs--Come into the Garden has a staff almost entirely made up of obsessives of one kind or another, and Truss gets to settle a lot of personal scores with sub-editors and researchers.

Much of the book is also a vicious but genteel hatchet-job on the cosy British crime thriller's casual snobbery--the escalation of mistaken identities and occasional violence heads off into the darkest of dark comedy. Truss is also capable of being charmingly erotic and rather touching--With One Lousy Packet of Seed has a satirical edge and a humane side that balance it neatly. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'Lynne Truss has written a perfect comic novel' Daily Telegraph

'This book will become a perennial comic delight… this Truss must never be stopped' Sue Limb

‘Hilarious… as witty as a knot garden… Lots of good jokes. I loved it' The Times

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is a tale about some rather quirky people, who live rather boring lives. Until one day, something upsets their cosy existence.
Though enjoyable, the excessive hype, led me to believe it would be "hilarious." The story is certainly amusing, but I did not find it hilarious. Perhaps, this was because the main protagonist doesn't actually do anything, but act as a pawn in other peoples lives.
It is quite a short book, so you won't loose much giving it a try. The first few pages are rather turgid, but once these are out of the way, it becomes easy to read.
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This a very enjoyable and funny book, capturing the hothouse atmosphere of a declining gardening magazine and upping the temperature by introducing a variety of exotic journalistic seedlings vying with each other for attention. The strange goings on in surburban garden sheds will linger long in the memory.

Mick Drake author of the comic novel All`s Well at Wellwithoute.
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I listened to this on CD in the car. It took a little while for the character connections to come together, but once they did I was hooked. The people are quirky individuals with abounding eccentricities that make for a very enjoyable, over the top funny read (or in my case listen). I laughed so hard at one point I almost drove off the road and had an accident. If you appreciate wacky comedic characters and lighthearted fun this is definitely for you.
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This early Truss work is simply hilarious. Lynne Truss' off-beat humour and outrageous plot line combine brilliantly.
Know anyone who likes gardening? Then this book is probably not for them.
This is a complex mystery story that revolves around a magazine publisher (vaguely).
Needs to be read to be appreciated.
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