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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara; 2Rev Ed edition (22 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843171694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843171690
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Absolutely hilarious, this is the one book I'll be buying for all my friends this Christmas (The Bookseller)

It's pure comedy platinum and the book I've laughed to more than any other (Shortlist)

So funny it will make you sick (Time Out)

From the Author

Hello,

It's Robin Cooper here. Sorry it's taken me a while to get in touch. My wife's wretched ankle has been playing up of late, and we've had to change her ankle specialist, as she became frightened of Dr Hemsley (she thought his face resembled that of a horse's skull).

Anyway, just to let you know that my collection of correspondi is available for your purchasisation via A.Mazon's and Co UK, and I trust you will find it a very enlightening read.

I'm off to feed Camfy, my boar and later tonight my neighbour Tony Sutton is coming round for a refreshing game of table tennis (I shall of course be using my Parmaynu bat).

Till then,

All the billy best....

Robin
PS - Look out for my new book 'Return of the Timewaster Letters' out in October in the year of our Lorde, 2005.... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Talie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Oct. 2004
Format: Paperback
As an ardent letter writer, I wanted this book as soon as I saw it was released. I wasn't disappointed. I'd not got past the second letter and my other half asked me to leave the room with my book because my laughter stopped him hearing the TV.
I'm not sure how Robin Cooper gets his ideas for potential products but his proposals were brilliant - a book for children on the bedtime activities of William Stanley Jr, a venus fly trap for birds - how these companies didn't send someone around to have this guy locked up is beyond me. Their replies are all very measured and calm, but you just know the recipient was slightly concerned about Robin. Robin pulls every stunt off with style.
I challenge you to buy this book and not laugh, especially if you've written a letter to a big company, been fobbed off and wanted to get your own back.
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By A Customer on 25 Sept. 2005
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This is by far one the funniest books I've ever read! It is a brilliant compilation of outrageous spoof letters and the amazing responses they get. I couldn't believe that people actually took the time to write back to some of his crazy off-the-wall requests. The fact that these people took him seriously just made me laugh even more. Some of the scenarios and mad requests he comes up with are sheer genius.
It rarely happens that you read a book that makes you laugh out loud again and again but each time I read these letters they get funnier and funnier. It is the small quirky details he puts into them that are the best parts. I have already purchased several books for family members and friends. If you like laugh-out-loud humour I would definitely recommend this book!
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I loved this book - I bought it in a second hand shop in Stoke Newington, as I normally only buy novels new, but I regretted not having bought this new. I may have to go out and buy another copy - and more copies for friends and family.
I laughed so hard I almost cried. I got odd looks on the bus, but I didn't care. Some of this book is just hilarious - e.g. in particular the scarecrows made of beef - and then the fact that these were actually meant to be made of "beel". But nearly every page was brilliant. As a publisher myself, the letters to and from publishers and the madcap children's book ideas particularly appealed.
There are other similar books, from the US - these aren't as funny, and the one I read seemed to be a lot more repetitive and far less interesting. This is the one you should buy - now.
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I am not normally one to laugh out loud when reading a book. The Timewaster Letters, however, had me in fits of uncontrolable laughter when I started it late one night in bed over the Christmas hols. My wife, already soundly asleep next to me, soon woke as I started to roar and cry with laughter. If you want 2 hours of childish fun, I cannot recommend this wonderful piece of nonsense enough.
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A collection of prank letters sent by the author to various organisations. I read this book in the course of an evening and only laughed out loud on two occasions. For 6.99 (let alone the cover price of 9.99) I expect a little more. The book starts off well with a lengthy discussion between the author and a well meaning publishers assistant but most of the rest of the book consists of bizarre but not particularily funny letters from the author followed by a firm but polite rejection letter from the organisation he's corresponded with. It all gets a bit repetitive after a while.
Not a total waste of time but there are better books to spend your money on.
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I had high hopes for this as it was recommended to me since I love David Thorne's work so much and it didn't really come close.

The book surrounds relies to emails which are clearly taking the mick but the replies are always extremely professional. It amazing how long he can carry the communication on despite it getting more and more ridiculous with each reply! The difference was that with David Thorne throughout the entire book I laughed out loud and often shared extracts with my partner as he was forever asking me what I found so funny but with this book, despite being amusing, I never really felt the need to laugh out loud and only shared a few that were particularly good.

Despite what seems like a negative review I did enjoy the book, and I think I was always going to be slightly disappointed as I was comparing it to something that was more superior but none the less many will enjoy the nonsense nature of this book and will find it very amusing!
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I have read the book and have sympathy for the enthusiast and otherwise. Some of the letters were funny but some began to get a little tired and one dimensional. I love the idea of satirical letters but I think the more absurd the better. Some of these didn't cross my threshold for absurdity. Still to each their own and I can understand why many find the book great. Just not totally for me
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i have to say that i've just bought this book, and though i don't want to seem like a copycat of the funniest man on earth, i think that the Robin Cooper letters is the funniest book i've read.
the letters veer between stream of consciousness (where i found my self grinning like an idiot as i wondered what cooper would come up with next), and short, sharp, spit-the-coffee-across-starbucks laugh out loud moments.
my advice to those thinking of buying the book would be this;
don't: read it whilst ingesting food / drinks (see above)
do; be prepared to have people move away from you on public transport as you snort and giggle at ideas like 'waspard' (wasp mustard).
do; buy five copies as you'll want to give one to all your friends.
don't; be surprised if your friends aren't talking to you because you're late because you wanted to finish the book so much.
anyway - i loved it and hope this review will help others enjoy the mental, laugh out loud silliness of Cooper.
yannik.
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