Surgically Enhanced Paperback – 6 Sep 2007
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There are clear comparisons between Pam and Sir John Betjeman (Daily Express)
'Observant, mocking, gently thought-provoking. SURGICALLY ENHANCED . . . is one of her best' (Daily Telegraph)
'Engrossing and wonderfully evocative . . . better than ever before. SURGICALLY ENHANCED is Ayres at her heartiest. Always therapeutic - good for our hearts and souls - and always there to bring a glow to the cheeks and a tear to the eye.' (Sydney Morning Herald)
'You can't help but warm to Ayres's humorous and wry take on life' (Launceston Examiner)
Number one poetry bestseller of 2007. 'And still she goes on. Eat your hearts out Heaney and Motion.' (The Times)
The bestselling collection from Britain's best-loved poet and entertainer, Pam Ayres - now with extra new poems for the paperback editionSee all Product description
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Well, what can I say? First thing that struck me was that whilst reading it, (to myself, not even out loud), I found that I was reading it with an endearing Pam Ayres accent! Couldn't help myself and it just made it all so much more real somehow.
Her tales of times growing up brought back lots of lovely memories of my own happy childhood. Wish I'd known about that handy trick to catch crayfish though, love those.
All the tales are just so what could happen to any of us and probably has or will at some point in our lives but she just has such a wonderful way of expressing them.
I foolishly started reading this just before bedtime and naturally couldn't put it down until it was finished. Resulting in some very strange sideways glances from my almost sleeping husband as I tried to stifle my chuckles once I'd made it up to bed with the book.
This was a real pleasure to read and some welcome light relief from my usual genre of thrillers. I've never read any Pam Ayres books before, but will certainly be reading more in future. I'm sure her older works are equally as laughable.
Strange gig, a single lady just standing reading poems, but had a real good giggle.
The audience was to say the least older rather than younger, we were probably the youngest there and we were in our late 30's
BUT its great to be able to listen to a comedian, go to a show, where theres no effin and blinding.....there was the odd "blooming and blinking" but thats all.
We bought a couple of books when we got back as we had enjoyed the show.
This is a clever little book, witty and a very easy read which you can read anytime anywhere.
If you havent heard of Pam, think of having your Nan telling you stories from the past, but rhyming and amusing and that is Pam and that is this book.
This book is a cracker and will have you chuckling along all the way through, because Pam always writes about events we can relate to, which is her great strength.
Get a copy, then, like I'm planning to do, get some of her other books from Amazon; my idleness has now been cured, as laughter, is indeed, a wonderful thing. She dishes up exceptionally good British humour in a world where American humour seems to be trying to take over, and OK, maybe I'm one-in-a-million, but The Simpson's and all the other codswallop from the U S of A JUST DOESN'T DO ANYTHING for me; Pam Ayres does, in bucketloads!
This book has anecdotes written in Pam's usual witty way as well as poems and is very entertaining and is written with her usual observant style about life and funny incidents that will have you laughing and agreeing with her.
I especially identified with her anecdote about going to a different hairdresser (because she was away from home) and how we tend to say "oh its very nice, thanks very much" when really we hate it!
I also loved the Global Warming poem and the anecdote about shopping on the internet.
She has inspired me so much and I love her books.
Review by Juliette Westbrook-Finch, author of The Poetry of Passion (for People with a Pulse)
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