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A book that might make you gruntled

Advantages: One of the funniest books ever written in my view
Disadvantages: Maybe a little dated, but what do you expect from 1930s fiction?

‘The Code of the Woosters’ was first published in 1938. Of all Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster novels, which have generally been his most popular thanks to several TV and radio adaptations, this has always been one of the best loved. He wrote about ninet ...

JOHNV 03.08.2012 · Read full review
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Review of The Code of the Woosters - Sir P G Wodehouse

Mute the Fanfare

Advantages: Great references and an interesting subject
Disadvantages: Easily distracted by a low flying helicopter

...Duration: 328 pages Publishing House: Century (2005) Stepping over the metaphoric egg shells is a hazardous business, at the best of times. Yet, we ‘British folk’ hardly convey to be fully fledged ‘Russian Ballet Nureyevs’; when it comes to eloquen ...

1st2thebar 28.06.2012 · Read full review
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Review of The Done Thing - Simon Fanshawe

A playground for the cynics among us

Advantages: Amusing, often quite true, book good for dipping into
Disadvantages: Maybe not a book you'd bother to own or even get except at budget price (which I did)

We are all cynics nowadays, and according to the blurb on the dust jacket, in the age where Spin is King, ’this super-cynical book, irreverent reference book finally tells it like it is, not like it isn’t and never will be.’ In a little less than 300 p ...

JOHNV 14.02.2012 · Read full review
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Review of This Septic Isle: A revised dictionary for modern Britain - Mike Barfield

No, Prime Minister

Advantages: Clever plot
Disadvantages: Lots - not very funny, generally mediocre acting, some subject matter a bit dubious

...This is actually a review of the theatre play Yes Prime Minister rather than the book shown above. According to Ciao Support this site doesn’t run to reviews of plays, so they advised me to put it under Everything From A-Z. That struck me as a bit ...

jonathanb 06.05.2011 · Read full review
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Review of The Complete Yes Prime Minister - Anthony Jay, Jonathan Lynn

Affirmative

Advantages: Very British, very political, very funny
Disadvantages: Alas, more true to life than we might wish

...There was a real cult following that grew up about the television series Yes, Minister and its successor, Yes, Prime Minister. So popular was this show among political types that journalists, politicians and bureaucrats could be assumed to be unavailable ...

frkurt 22.01.2003 · Read full review
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Review of The Complete Yes Prime Minister - Anthony Jay, Jonathan Lynn