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They Call Me Naughty Lola: The London Review of Books Personal Ads: A Reader Hardcover – 2 Nov 2006

4.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (2 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861978294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861978295
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 1.9 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The funniest thing I've read in months. (Stuart Jeffries Guardian)

a delicious read, stuffed with comically self-deprecating and very British encapsulations of personality. (Victoria Coren Observer)

The most hilariously honest lonely hearts ads...cringeingly embarrassing. (Daily Mail)

A foolproof guide to attracting the right kind of attention (Independent)

Winning, charming, laugh-out-loud (Times)

A quirky, erudite and addictively readable collection of lonely hearts ads - you'll love [it]. (Elle Magazine)

The sauciest stocking-filler and best loo book I've ever read...Everybody's got to buy it. (Rachael Stirling Loose Ends)

About the Author

David Rose is the advertising director of the London Review of Books; the personal ads were his brainchild, and were first published in 1998. He has never been tempted to respond to any of the ads. He is married, and lives in Liverpool.


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The funniest thing I have read in a long time. A brilliant composition of lonely heart adds that range from side splittingly funny to just plain weird. I didn't think that people could be so open,direct and funny just by writing 30 words about themselves. I can't think of anybody who wouldn't enjoy this book, an ideal gift that i've passed on to many friends and family members.
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The London Review of Books attracts a rather eclectic group of readers and their personal ads range from the odd to the seriously disturbed - the title is lifted from one ad which (like many) unesaily straddles the fence between screamingly funny and slightly concerning.

I received the second book (Sexually I'm More of a Switzerland) as a Christmas present a few years ago and I have been searching for this book ever since - many thanks to the Amazon seller! I have to say I think the second book is funnier, perhaps because the writers were aware they could be published?

Anyway, if you want to see the neuroses of the English of a certain age and intellectual leaning look no further!
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By Sarah Tipper TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Jun. 2015
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I read this book in its entirety in a couple of hours. Just when you think you’ve found the oddest fish another one comes along to create a huge weird shoal of singletons. Frankly, if anyone got a shag from any of these adverts I’d be very surprised indeed. This book was an education. I learnt what the Kate Bush song “Babooshka” was about, what the squiggles used in place of swearing in comic books are called and also the chronology of Evel Knievel’s career.
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This is a book that I come back to time and time again. It's the perfect bedtime read, as you can just dip in and read a couple before lights out. A highly entertaining tour of the love lives - or lack of them - of Britain's tortured intellectuals.
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A collection of extracts from the small ads, personal and lonely hearts columns of the London Review of Books. You may feel a bit guilty laughing at some of the desperately inventive ways [what I assume are] short, fat, bald, ugly men and women use to entice their one true love, but after a time you start to question the levels of irony and spoofing going on. Perfect for the loo, I suppose
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