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Picking Up The Brass by [Nugent, Eddy]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 265 customer reviews

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About the Author

'Eddy Nugent' is the nom de plume of two soldiers, Ian Deacon and Charlie Bell.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1198 KB
  • Print Length: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Monday Books (18 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CYF3G6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 265 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,220 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
The funniest book I have ever read!! Suddenly, the memories from Basic Training, which have haunted me for 11 years don't seem so bad!! I laughed til I cried and drove everyone within earshot insane by frequently trying to read bits aloud through spluttered laughter (sorry Mum). Then passed it on to my dad, who served over thirty years ago, and even he couldn't believe how close to the bone it was!!

An absolute MUST buy!!!

Desperately awaiting the second instalment now :)
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At last! A book about the British Army that doesn't make it sound like one long ego trip at the end of which you get to call everyone a "hat" or a REMF, despite the fact that you left years ago and now spend most of your time strapped to a word processor! This type of book used to be common place when ex-national servicemen like Spike Milligan got out and got on with poking a bit of fun at themselves and their experiences. Nowadays it seems to be about how far your "stare" goes, how tough you are and how crap everyone else is.

Bell and Deacon have found a way of describing what it is to be one of the anti-elite, an ordinary squaddie, in way that is amusing but truthful. If you served, are serving or are thinking about it, you need to read this book. I can't wait for the sequel. This goes right up there with Milligan, and the Virgin Soldiers series.
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... as I can guarantee you'll laugh with such hilarity there's every possibility of involuntary regurgitation through the nose! This down to earth, warts and all tale of a young man's initiation into and progression through the British Army is truly enlightening. Articulately written the author is a born story teller. Don't plan to be busy, once in through the first few lines you'll be loath to put the book down until the end. Quite simply the funniest thing I've read for a very long time. This'll be one purchase you won't regret.
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Although, the majority of reviews would appear to be written by former members of the Army, don't be fooled into thinking that Picking up the Brass is only of value to ex-squaddies. It may never grace the same shelf as Sun Tzu's Art of War, or sit comfortably with the War Memoirs of some great General or other. It is, however, as valuable an insight to the mentality of the average military man, as the reader is likely to ever get. All delivered with a smattering of squaddie speak, laced with often in-appropriate humor in a style reminiscent of Spike Milligan's - Hitler My Part in His Downfall.

To anyone with any connection to the Armed Forces, especially the close family and friends still struggling to understand how their Little Johnny could leave one morning, bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to serve his country. Then return a few months later a depraved, drunken womanizer, speaking in a foreign language and displaying a completely warped sense of humour. The answers are here.
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...have so many been tickled pink by so few! Convoy and Rigger have produced a work of genius with this book, which is so absolutely evocative for any ex-squaddie, but also provides some amazing insights to "civvies". The detail is amazing and instantly recogniseable for who've "been there and done it"

Never mind Andy McKnob and Chris Ryebread, this is the pukka stuff!
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Having served in the Royal Corps of Signals and knowing of both Authors this bookwas a must read for me.

The reality of the Incidents rang true on so many occasions, even though the names were changed to protect the (not so) innocent we all know the characters . . .

Excellently written and is a must for any squaddie, ex squaddie or even anyone that even knows a squaddie !
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As an apprentice at the superior Arborfield Apprentice College (Intake 77C) I visited our northern counterparts for the Triangular Games (along with the RE Chepstow Boys School). It was great to remember the posh and much newer facilities of Harrogate but even better to relate to the tales within this book. Quite literally crying with laughter at the Junior Company stories, it seems that nothing much had changed in the intervening 8 years. The camaraderie of ex-Apprentices is legendary regardless of location and this is an excellent book.
Cheers scaleys!
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I went through the same process as the authors but in 1971 and, at the same Army Apprentices College.
The humour was still the same the 'beastings' were still the same. The 'drill pigs' were still the same (they all get trained at Pirbright).
I've recommended this to my friends, colleagues and family members so not just to ex-squaddies or ex-military, although, it may seemed aimed at those.
This is one of 3 books and so far and I've only read this one but I think they have a typical Spike Milligan style.
There's talk of this going to screen albeit a T.V. one off maybe but I'd like to see what comes out - I'm not sure about the clip that's on You-tube though there's something not quite right about it. The careers office looks like something from 1951, my own in Middlesbrough was quite crispy new compared to that one in the clip.
No, I never had to do any star-jumps at the attestation or interviews maybe a bit too much ad-lib.
Anyway a cracking read and I couldn't stop laughing till the end.
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