The Timewaster Letters Paperback – 22 Sep 2005
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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
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).
All the billy best....
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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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.
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!
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.
Not a total waste of time but there are better books to spend your money on.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In my opinion, the funniest 'letter book' ever written. Still as funny as when it was first releasedPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very funny book if you like this sort of humour. Highly recommended.Published 4 months ago by Mr. James R. Winder
Love this book. Very funny and witty. Only worry is it'll inspire me to do something similar. But I dont have the time. Highly recommended for a bit of fun.Published 4 months ago by Christopher M. R. Johnson
Starts off really funny then starts to drag on a bit. I really wanted to love this book, but lost interest half way through.Published 4 months ago by Super Tel
Bought as a gift and my brother loved it... he keeps telling me about the letter's and can't explain for laughing... a sure fire hit to brighten up a dull work day. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MISS UPTON
Facile irritating repetative twaddle. Someone (and the name of the author escapes me) has used this format before, and his letters were truly hilarious. Disappointed.Published 7 months ago by Mr. Garth Flack