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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

 

Alastair Campbell's Diaries

I keep hearing on the news that Alastair Campbell, one time spin meister of New Labour has published his diaries. Well, he’s not the only one.

‘Walking the Streets – the book not the blog’ is now available. It’s published both as a hard copy paperback and also as a download which should (I hope) appear on Amazon.com shortly.

My publication has several advantages over Mr Campbell’s tome. At 51,000 words, it’s much shorter; it’s funnier and definitely cheaper. It’s got a bit of everything; some rewritten old favourites like ‘Reasons to love and hate Christmas’; plenty of new stuff like ‘the joys of POF’, very little temporarily purloined, and a not a few salacious bits about the antics of my ‘customers’.

The section on ‘How to get off a parking ticket’ alone has been expanded and now runs to 12 pages. I’ve also included technical stuff like contravention codes with some useful explanatory notes for each to the best of my knowledge. Now it’s not meant to be encyclopaedic, that would fill up another five hundred pages with diagrams, case studies, Acts of Parliament and local policy variants from all over the country. That would be a hell of a lot of, to put it bluntly, guff; and not in keeping with the light (and occasionally dark) hearted tone of the book.

As for price, it retails at a reasonable GBP £8.99 for 190 plus information packed pages, including three excellent (Well I think so) sample letters to help challenge that nasty parking ticket. (No I’m not posting them on the blog). For those of you who don’t want the fuss of having to cart old fashioned chunks of low-tech paper around, the book is available as a download at an even more reasonable GBP £2.99.

I mean, how reasonable do you want me to be?

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5 Comments:

Blogger Shades said...

Well done! I look forward to reading it.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007 7:27:00 pm  
Anonymous cogidubnus said...

Congratulations...if it's anywhere near as good as the blog then it deserves to be a great success...

Tuesday, July 10, 2007 9:18:00 pm  
Anonymous hackedoff said...

Heh, nice one, I'll get a copy for reading on the beach this summer. Got to find a bit of sun somehow!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 7:34:00 pm  
Blogger caramaena said...

Congrats Bill :)

Thursday, July 12, 2007 10:38:00 am  
Anonymous Gimlet said...

Add one to your sales total!!

Now I've just got to find the time to read it :^)

Friday, July 13, 2007 8:33:00 pm  

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