The Timewaster Letters

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Chicago Review Press, 2008 - Humor - 192 pages

A uniquely British twist on the goofy letters-to-strangers genre, this brilliant compilation chronicles one man's outrageous and bizarre letters--to trade groups, department stores, clubs, political parties, and a certain children's book publisher--and the amazing responses he received to his ideas, observations, and unsolicited feedback. Asking countless questions, such as Would the Campaign for Courtesy be interested in his 10-Point Plan for a Courteous Britain? Could the Ball & Roller Bearing Manufacturers Association contact his "ball-bearing mad" son to suggest that he scale back his 95,000-piece collection? and Might Madame Tussaud's be interested in creating a wax likeness of him in a toga?, the book reveals the courteous and often bemused correspondence between the imaginative time waster and his unsuspecting targets, all of whom only encouraged him further. Hilarious and off-the-wall, this volume will have fellow schemers laughing out loud--and reaching for their pens.


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User Review  - Grid78 - LibraryThing

I'll admit that I did get to the end of this. It's not the book's fault, but I just found the letters to be a bit too cringeworthy for my liking. Despite that, it's good, clean fun. I'm a fan of this sort of humour, even if I can't quite bring myself to read it. Read full review

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User Review  - nathan.burley - LibraryThing

IN SHORT: Bizarre, pointless & hilarious letters to strangers. WHO FOR?: Anyone with a sense of humour. THOUGHTS: I laughed out loud a number of times to this one. Genuinely hilarious. Whoever wrote ... Read full review

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Robin Cooper just might be the pen name of Robert Popper, who is a BAFTA and British Comedy Award?nominated writer and producer of the BBC2 show Look Around You. He also appeared in the movie Hot Fuzz.

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