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Overheard Paperback – 29 Jul 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (29 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007284276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007284276
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,268,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark is a freelance writer, and editor and has worked on a number of print publications and web/TV tie-in projects including, In Search of Shakespeare, Celebrity Big Brother 7 and Restoration. He was also a contributor to the Emmy Award winning TV comedy series Smack the Pony. Jacqui Saunders has previously worked as a hand model, a muralist, an illustrator and a set and party stylist. She is currently a lecturer in art and design and writes for an interior design publication. Jacqui and Mark are married and live together with their two children in Bedfordshire.

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This should be just my kind of book. I was very intrigued by the premise and thought that it would indeed be a 'hilarious collection of conversations...packed full of verbal wit and gags'. However, it turned out to be a tedious collection of mind-numbingly boring conversations. (I actually heard 3 funnier conversations on a recent train journey from London to Newcastle the other day and I wasn't researching for a book on the topic.) It was only my principle of always reading a book to the bitter end that kept me going, having to plough through rubbish like the following:

ALANA: Miss. Is Van Gogh spelt G.O.T.H as in goth?
MRS GREEN: No Alana. It's spelt G.O.G.H not like goth as in Gothic.
ALANA: (sniffy): And what's wrong with goths?
MRS GREEN: Absolutely nothing. In fact, my husband used to be one.
TIM: Your husband? What, Mr Watts?
MRS GREEN: Nooo, Tim. Mr Watts is married to Mrs Watts. Mr Watts is simply my department head. We work together. We are not married. Contrary to popular opinion, not all teachers are married to each other.
TIM: Do you mean Mrs Watts the Italian teacher?
MRS GREEN: (sighing) I think we'd better stop this conversation now.

Don't waste your money on this book.
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This book has a good few laugh out loud moments and is lovely to dip into. The story about the child in the supermarket and the bricks had me weeping.
i think unintentionally tis is acting as a marvellous piece of social commentary. When historians try to picture life in 2010 was like in Britain they could do a lot worse than look here! i would love one of these books from every decade in history.
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As the old adage goes, if something seems too good to be true, it usually is. That applies to this book. The thing is, I just didn't believe any of the transcripts. They seemed so, well, scripted. So contrived. I also wondered how many of these could have been overheard since, for example, some were between only two people in a private setting, e.g. between a doctor and a patient in a consulting room. So is the author the doctor or the patient? And could they have disclosed this? Next point: hardly any of the conversations are funny. Nice cover, poor product.
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Overheard is an easy and enjoyable read. What's more, the conversations featured are insightful and very funny; I found myself wanting to read more. A great idea for a present too!
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