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Morris Bridges, a travelling salesman of ladies undergarments in 1960s England, leads a very ordinary life… until he meets a young lady whose car has broken down. She appears to be a nurse, but in reality, she’s harbouring a big secret.

By befriending her, his life turns into a joyous series of adventures, which involves being chased by the KGB and the IRA through England, Wales, and Ireland.

As he overcomes each challenge, he not only falls in love with her, but his attitude to life changes and he becomes empowered. He takes over the company he works for and turns it into an international business, and he soon becomes the friend of politicians and celebrities. He is even requested by the Prime Minister to lead the UK negotiations into the Common Market.

They lost touch with each other, but a few years later, through a series of bizarre events he once again meets her and his life begins a whole new chapter.

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"It is British humour, which can be an aquired taste but anyone who enjoyed Reggie Perrin or the Carry On style of humour will love it."

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I wasn't sure whether to expect 'Death of a Salesman' or 'the Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin'. By the end of the first chapter it was a bit of both, and it was brilliant. Definitely more Reggie Perrin than Willy Loman, Morris is a fifty year old underwear salesman, who describes his life as a bit crap. Rescuing a stranded motorist who turns out to be a bit more than just the nurse she claims turns his life upside down, and it might have been just what he needed.

As the book progresses, the pace changes and slackens off slightly. However there are no grammar issues or typos to take readers out of the story, and enough nonsense plot twists to keep you grinning.

There's one thing about this book and that's that it is episodic. Once Sarah is rescued, aside from centering around Morris, the middle section doesn't really seem to connect to the start and end. It does have a tendency to head hop, telling us what Morris is thinking, then cutting to another character's thoughts for a line or two and back.

It's funny, there are some great moments, but overall it doesn't leave much of an impression. It is British humour, which can be an acquired taste, but that said anyone who enjoyed Reggie Perrin or the Carry On style of humour will love it. Fans of Tom Holt's work should give this a look.


Rating: 4



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Books Bits 'n Bobs (3 September 2017)
I'm glad you wrote this review because I wouldn't have found the book otherwise. I loved the humour and the story is well written and off the beaten path. Very enjoyable.

Ellie Jane (3 September 2017)
I could use some highbrow humor, I suppose. I'll snag this one next. I haven't heard of the author, but the review is enough to convince me that this is right up my alley.

Demi (5 September 2017)
I love books that have good humor in it. A lot of books tend to fall short, but I love when one makes me laugh out loud. I'll definitely check this out.

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