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The Henry Root Letters

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Paperback, 252 pages
Published January 1st 1981 by Time Warner Paperbacks (first published March 31st 1980)
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Mike Clarke
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I wish to protest most strongly about everything: Henry Root, the splendid, splenetic creation of eccentric lush and journo William Donaldson (1935-2005), is a self-made, spittle-flecked oddball who writes brazen and demented letters to the famous, powerful and rich. Supposedly a wet fish merchant from Fulham, he is an avatar for a lot of the to-the-right-of-Attila-the-Hun, Thatcher-supporting, mildly racist, entitled, liberal-baiting mansplaining that was de rigeur and absolutely unchallenged i ...more
Swanny
Mar 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Thinking of making a complaint??? read this first,...its inspiring
Michael Rodgers-wilson
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bogus letters galore to a collosal range of public figures. Totally hilarious especially when you read the responses from the fools who took him seriously.
Christine
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Root first came to my attention more years ago than I care to admit when I was in Denmark and saw the televised version of Root into Europe. It was so funny. Finally, I remembered that I hadn’t read the letters, so here I went.
I have to agree with the closing things idea.
For those who don’t know, the Root letters were actually sent to the people they are addressed to, and many of those people did actually write back. This was in 1979 so before email. There were these th
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Frank Jacobs
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back in 1979, people with too much time on their hands could send actual letters to leading politicians, judges and other luminaries of light entertainment, and expect a reply. The sender of these letters – a cantankerous crusader against pornography and modernity, and for hanging and Mrs. Thatcher – is a comic invention. But the replies are real. Together, they provide a powerful impression of what life must have been like in late-Seventies Britain for a retired trader in wet fish, seeing his c ...more
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