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Refusal Shoes

3.16  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Henry Brinks is an immigration officer at a London airport ? God help him. He?s surrounded by drunks and thieves, bigots and maniacs and that?s just his workmates. Throw into the mix an endless stream of scammers, chancers and desperadoes plus a Chinese triad killer with a dodgy passport and Henry?s day at work could hardly get any worse. Tony Saint (himself a former immig ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 5th 2003 by Serpent's Tail
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Aug 02, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
The plot is perfunctory at best but the behind-the-screens look into the world of the British immigration officers is fascinating and darkly comic.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This black comedy, set amongst immigration officers at a London airport, is neither as black nor as comic as promised but develops into a fairly involving story of a rather innocent officer aware he is to be set up after he realises a senior colleague is providing false visas. The characters are uncomfortably genuine and all dysfunctional, while the details of the migration scams and corruption reek of authenticity. After the hesitant opening few chapters it develops into an entertaining read bu ...more
Tamara Niemi
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I first read this book years ago, and came back to it during Christmas Season Brexit bigotry and chaos and it holds up really well. I'd originally found the book to be laugh out loud funny, but everything takes on a different tone lately.
Apr 29, 2010 rated it liked it

Tony Saint was an Immigration Officer (IO) for the United Kingdom Immigration Service for ten years, and his debut novel features the inhabitants of that very strange world. The department has a wide variety of personality types filling its ranks. There are those who enjoy the job, particularly the act of refusing entry to the people trying to enter the country. There are actual contests for who can refuse the most people. The criteria may be as trivial as the kind of shoes that the p
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Poor. If you feel you want to read it, just read the last two chapters. Saint manages to stretch out a feeble 'plot' through the first four, reaching a hurried conclusion in the final two, short chapters.

I didn't find it witty or clever, as you may expect a darkly comic exposé-style piece of writing to be. It felt pithy, unadventurous and lacklustre, only entering the realms of 'vaguely redeemable features' in Chapters 5 & 6.
Pauline McGonagle
May 01, 2009 rated it did not like it
Supposed to be an expose of UK immigration practices by someone who spent albeit a very short time workinng there. Comes across as an excuse to air sour grapes or an effort as being as offensive as possible??Won't win any awards.......
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book made me cry with laughter, it's a frank and hilarious look at all that's wrong with the Immigration service in this country written by an ex Immigration officer.
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