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The Swag Man (Kindle Single) by [Jacobson, Howard]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 305 KB
  • Print Length: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Tablet Magazine; 1 edition (25 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DNJ2ZEY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,330 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 July 2013
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This kindle short is a memoir which takes us from market stalls in Northern England to Chatsworth. Howard Jacobson begins with memories of his father - a market stall holder who sold 'swag'; the only definition of which appears to be that it is both useless and badly made. Jacobson Senior was part sales patter and part entertainer, involved with shady deals and shoddy goods. Unwillingly, his son was often involved in helping with his sales pitch, although there were more willing (and possibly more useful) volunteers. Many years later, Howard meets up with one of those young men, who had worked alongside his father and became a well known and respected art collector. This is a short read, but full of memorable characters, especially the authors father and the irrepressible Frankie Cohen.
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Absolutely loved it.Laughed all the way thru.Its hilarious
Howard is so perceptive and such a gifted writer
Recommended it to everyone that came from that era + all those that didn't .
Wish it was produced in hardback as a short story,I would buy it by the hundreds and gift it to everyone I met,and sell it in The Clothes Shop!
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I loved every minute of it, if there was a Booker Prize for short stories this would win hands down.Even though am in it .Howard's
eye for observation is to perfection.

Amazon should deliver this to every home in Manchester(Prestwich,Whitefield and Hale) and give Howard the proceeds.
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This short book took me back to my childhood. Although I didn't visit Manchester, it was reminiscent of my many visits to London's Petticoat Lane and brought back great memories even though I didn't understand what was happening all of the time, everything falls into place now. A little gem.
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Very short story. Focused only briefly the life of the author's father as a 'swag man' then went off in another direction, describing one of the swag man's assistants and his life as an art collector.
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A very sweet and funny memoir, vividly bringing to life the author's recollections of growing up in Jewish Manchester. And with an affectionate portrait not just of his market stall-holding, magic trick-purveying father, but of another character who turns out to be somethig of a hero: Frankie Cohen who started out as a helper on the Jacobson market stall and ended up as a world-class art dealer.
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I really liked the portion relating to the Manchester markets and scams and fun enjoyed by the segment and also their "edges".The rise of Franke from the ashes and his success in the art world was interesting . A good essay!
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Delightful description of a social community which is now rare. It was a very good way to understand some quirky expressions and words and also a short(ish) rags to riches tale. Howard Jacobson can keep one's attention in a most charming manner.
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