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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Tangent Books; 1 edition (10 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906477035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906477035
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Full of brilliantly observed characters… consistently witty and carries a poignant punch. --Arthur Smith

About the Author

For a time in the 1970s Mike Manson worked as a dole clerk. 'This isn't my story,' he says. He has to. He signed the Official Secrets Act.

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This book has now toured my partner, myself and a good friend (and been to Bareclona and back). We all loved it and are recommending it about the place and will no doubt be adding it to our Christmas lists to give to others.

I loved the way that it was comic, but also philosophical and a right of passage; a gentle kick up the bum for people who are coasting through life too. I think you would enjoy it whether you knew the Bristol landmarks or not, but I have to say, the bit about the tree-festooned roundabout at the bottom of King Street was hilarious. God bless that roundabout as it is no longer there, but I remember it well.
I also loved the bit about disgracing yourself in public, but still being able to get up again to face the world. A lovely antidote to my petty shames!
Read this book and laugh, and if you know Bristol, laugh even more!
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Max is a slacker whose benefits lifestyle is changed when he falls in love with woman at the Department of Works and follows her suggestion to get a job with said department. Set in Bristol in the hot hot summer of 1976 this is a gentle yet thoroughly entertaining slacker comedy. Max is taken under the wing of Alex who advises him to get out before developing X-Ray specs (the ability to totally ignore benefit claimants) contends with the despotic Mr. Blunt over an ever increasing personal file. Obsesses about Astral, the woman he got the job for, and takes part in office life in the UB40 culture whilst dreaming about escape to South America. Manson has a great absurdist comedy turn of phrase, an interesting set of characters and there are a few genuinely laugh out loud moments. Anyone who was around in 1976 will remember the sinister behaviour of the ladybirds (lady bugs) for example. Bristol is well explored and brought to life and recognisable even though I didn't start living there until 12 years after the events of the book.
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This book really made me chuckle. You don't have to like pies and cider to get all the jokes - but it does help!
There are also some clever observations, Mr Manson reminds us that smoking and drinking used to be acceptable at work and computers were the size of a room.
If you have forgotten the Seventies, this will remind you of the decade that style forgot.
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I didn't believe that working in a dole office could be the subject for such an entertaining and mirth provoking book. Is it autobiographical? Is the tale of fumbling sex on a traffic island an accurate portrayal of a real life episode or the product of a vivid imagination? Perhaps best not to know...
Never a dull moment in this challenging work environment, difficult customers matched only by equally dysfunctional (but thoroughly believable) workmates. I'm only glad I never worked in such a place, although I did survive a somewhat comparable local government office at about the same time - although no adventures on traffic islands (at least none I can remember). Do buy this book and enjoy something completely different and very, very funny.
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Ah, the 1970s, when everything was grim in beige and brown and there were strikes, unemployment and drought. Max is working in a dole office, which means he's witnessing the cutting edge of poverty, homelessness, and mental illness. He also runs into some eccentric and frankly dysfunctional characters, lusts after a co-worker, and plots his escape. Will he get the girl? Will he leave the civil service before it pulls him in for life? And will he survive the office Christmas party? A hilarious tale, highly recommended.

Disclosure: the author is known to me personally but this is my honest opinion and rating of the book
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