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on 11 October 2011
It was with some trepidation that I opened this book. Dad's Army is a television classic and anyone attempting to produce something that is seemingly part of this world - rather than about this world - had better know what they are doing. I needn't have worried as this works very well; you can hear the voices of Mainwaring, Wilson, Jones, Pike, Frazer etc. coming through loud and clear. Through footnotes and scribbles, the book also manages to recreate some of the interplay between the characters that made the series so brilliant. This would be easier to do in a script but is a difficult trick to pull off in a spoof manual. A note in the credits says that the text was written with the approval of David Croft and Jimmy Perry, and it shows. This must have been one of the last projects they worked on together before Croft's sad death on 27 September. It is a delightfully fitting memorial.
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on 25 November 2011
A marvellous spoof that'll lift the spirits of anyone who is wandering around saying 'we're doomed'. There isn't an issue with 'mixed conceits' as mentioned by NCC - the back cover clearly states that the book was 'printed in uncorrected proof form, possibly due to austerity measures.' Hence it can be Pike's copy but also contain Wilson's corrections. Quite a neat trick, I thought. And anyone who thinks Jones being boring is a problem clearly doesn't know the series. Ignore such piffling and unperceptive pedantry and buy this book.
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on 7 March 2012
This really is a cheerful little book, and so wonderfully produced. When you pick it up and start to read it, and if you are a fan of the show you can really hear the actors voices in your head as you read.

The book it's self is a hardback and is made to look like an old training manual and inside it follows the same theme, with photos inside make to look they ave been taped or stapled in. There are also little comments made to look liek red pen which have been "written in" by Sgt Wilson and they prove an added boost of humour.

If you are a fan of the show then this heart warming book really is for you! If you are new to the show then this book will make you want to watch some more!
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on 7 January 2012
Delightful record of Dad's Army antics. Very perceptive comments on human nature. Clever presentation of book as 'old'. A must for fans of this treasured TV series.
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on 27 July 2013
The presentation of this book is so authentic you would think you actually have Frank Pike's copy of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard Training Manual. It is divided into various sections with different members of the platoon contributing to the section that is considered their subject. It is very well written with the style and sentence structure changing for each member's contribution so that you can almost 'hear' them speaking. You have to remember that the little notes in blue in the margins are Frank's while the typed notes in read are Sergeant Wilson's. They certainly add extra humour. It certainly isn't a serious read but it is pleasant light entertainment, and it becomes a central talking point when friends and family come round!
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on 31 May 2013
This is a nicely written manual, ostensibly prepared by Captain Mainwaring himself (with contributions by Fraser and Jones), featuring suggested editorial changes by Sergeant Wilson and snide marginal remarks by Pike.

"Ghost written" by someone who is obviously well versed in the classic series, the manual is right on target with the humour. My only criticism is that there should have been MORE commentary from Wilson and Pike. Every page should have some irreverent commentary by one or the other, and that is sadly not the case. Still, well done and recommended.
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on 17 August 2013
It's a pretty good book if you're a fan of the show, but I have to say that some parts of it just don't quite fit the character that has supposedly written them. Parts have been made just a bit too daft in order to try and get a laugh, and I have to say that a lot of Pikes 'scribbles' fall into that category.

I feel the author should have watched every episode of the series about another 5 times before writing this and it may have been a bit more polished.
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on 14 March 2012
Bought this little book today in the British Library shop. Excellent value for money even at full price. It is a source of much amusement especially with the little annotations of Sergeant Wilson througout the book in the guise of editing it! Gauranteed to make you smile. Highly recommended.
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on 21 May 2013
This was bought as a Christmas present for my dad who is just old enough to remember the years when Captain Mainwaring and his friends were everyday sights. It is a light hearted look at the days of 'Dads Army', and is a fine gift for fans of the show, or those interested in the period.
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on 17 February 2012
Bought as a Birthday gift with interest in original TV programme. Good product which was gratefully received, much laughter ensued and read from cover to cover in no time! Good gift for fathers and grandfathers! Fast efficient service and delivery. Thank you.
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