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The Complete Henry Root Letters

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It consists of real correspondence between an apparently wealthy and eccentric retired fish-merchant, and many public figures to whom he wrote, requesting support for bizarre right-wing proposals.

The letters aren’t really dated, with the exception of certain BBC television stars and the one to the South African Ambassador. The millions who enjoyed the original 'Root' will no doubt have assumed that such a public and hysterical scam could never be repeated. 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 country overrun by lesbians, lefties and other losers. His heroes were few, but those who were, to Root's mind, "sound" - principally Mrs Thatcher, the Dowager Lady Birdwood and James Anderton, "God's Cop", the self-appointed guardian of Greater Manchester's morals.Root wrote the BBC – I think Monty Python had his number, the Queen, Prince Charles, various publishing houses. In short, he was the British version of Sarah Palin – but people apparently took him seriously (with the exception of Cambridge). The phenomenal success of the Henry Root books, especially the first, enabled Donaldson to resume his earlier chaotic lifestyle, and in the mid-1980s he began using crack cocaine. You Cannot Live As I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This: The thoroughly disgraceful life and times of Willie Donaldson, Terence Blacker, Ebury Press, 2007, pp. Donaldson lived at 139 Elm Park Mansions on Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10, from which address all the Root letters were sent.

I love this book and his laugh out style at trying to rankle celebrities and people in the public eye. a b c "William Donaldson – Womanising satirist and novelist who squandered several fortunes on wild living". This book is a compendium of actual letters which the author wrote to all kinds of people of note - all from his persona of some kind of hard core petite bourgeoise British citizen.

His letters, full of alleged scandals and hanky panky, are taken perfectly seriously by their recipients whose responses are as funny as Root's own rantings. When he hits a target full on, or when the target responds with good grace or a sense of humour, it's hilarious, however. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

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