The Timewaster Letters

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The Timewaster LettersUnder his pseudonym, Robin Cooper, Robert Popper wrote The Timewaster Letters series – a series of madcap letters to everyone from the Campaign for Courtesy to the British Halibut Association.

So far, the books have sold over 300,000 copies.

Reviews

  • Paperback of the Week – The Guardian
  • interview with Vanity Fair
  • Pop Culture Zoo – A Chat With ‘Timewaster’ Robert Popper
  • Ain’t It Cool News Review
    • deanspicer

      I love this book I borrowed it off my girlfriends dad. It made me giggle too myself on the train like someone with a psychiatric problem. Thank you, Robert Popper.

    • http://robertpopper.com Robert Popper

      You're v v v welcome.

    • http://www.youtube.com/radiothax Radio Thax

      A wonderful book, highly amusing, the funniest book i've read all milleniatum.

      This is the 5th time i've tried to comment on this, its not easy!

    • http://robertpopper.com Robert Popper

      Hoorah! Thanks.

    • Quango

      A fabulously funny book. I laughed and LAUGHED and LAUGHed. My wife laughed so much a small bit of wee came out, but since having our second child, that does happen every 7 weeks or so.

      The small details had me in hysterics. “Poor water boy” may not seem too hilarious, but in the context of the letter to the Belgian Ambassador, that single phrase had me howling for several (9) minutes and laughing the next morning (Thursday); at least I think it was Thursday because I remember seeing an offal lorry on that day.

    • http://robertpopper.com Robert Popper

      Thanks so much. Glad it made you laugh lots.

    • http://robertpopper.com Robert Popper

      Thanks so much. Glad it made you laugh lots.

    • Steve

      I loved this book and I didn't know it was you Robert! Well done!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HIT2WIDLA6IMBQSNVXIZW4PVRU Vx

      She bit her knee as she fell over – worth reading the book for that image alone (although the whole book was laugh out funny (notice I didnt use LOL) although I'm only up to October ..). You are sheer genius!

    • http://robertpopper.com Robert Popper

      Thanks. Not sure of the genius bit but I was quite happy with the biting of the knee idea! Thanks again.

    • Therese Rink

      Being a 48 year old woman in the middle of life with all its special challenges for eg. surviving the economy and working at a really crappy place this book has lightened my life and when I feel depressed I read a few pages for instant therapy!! Well done you are a humerous writing genius

    • http://robertpopper.com Robert Popper

      Thank you so much for letting me know. Am so pleased it makes you smile :)

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    • Eggy

      The dog and b******k. I have never laughed as much at a books contents as i have yours. You made a very grumpy middle aged bloke very happy. The book did bring tears of laughter to my eyes.

    • http://robertpopper.com Robert Popper

      Why, thank you Sir!

    • http://robertpopper.com Robert Popper

      Type your reply…

    • Paul Poulton

      My friend Karl sent me a gift yesterday of what must be one of the funniest books ever written. The Timewaster Letters.
      The problem is I am annoying all those who are near me whenever I read it, because I make that explosive spitty sound when a fit of laughter erupts. It must be quite vexing. I’m half way through the book so I have to carry on exasperating people for a while.

    • http://twitter.com/PaulElectronic Paul Maguire

      I love this 1 star review form Amazon.co.uk: “there is no wit or humour in this book. It serves no useful purpose, unless we have another cold winter, then perhaps it will be useful as kindling”. This made me order it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1084465964 Ben McLeish

      I LOVE this book. Coincidentally i lived at a Brondesbury Villas address a few years ago. So there’s a special affinity for me. Love your turn on the Absolute Radio podcasts too. 

    • http://robertpopper.com Robert Popper

      Hi ex-neighbour! Thanks!

    • http://robertpopper.com Robert Popper

      Cheers!

    • http://robertpopper.com Robert Popper

      What a sensible thing to do! Ta very much!

    • http://www.facebook.com/ian.black.96343 Ian Black

      Most amusing – I now try to find wasp mustard in my weekly visit to waitrose – much mirth

    • Kichijen

      This is the only book that has ever made me cry laughing. Given that I suffer from depression and have done since I was a kid this is a good thing. Comedy really can save lives. Thank you!

    • http://robertpopper.com Robert Popper

      Cheers!

    • Nick

      Can’t believe I only just found this – superb! I had to stop reading temporarily as the laughing was getting out of control… Great work – loved the publisher letters re Catty!

    • http://robertpopper.com Robert Popper

      Thanks so much!