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Paying a royal visit and the Institute’s madcap bunch of researchers decide to program the computers to receive her what could possibly go wrongWinner of the Somerset Maugham Award The Tin Men 1965 is the brilliantly comic first novel from Michael Frayn author of the Booker Prize nominated Headlong Spies and Skios and Noises Off ‘the funniest farce ever written’ NY Times This 50th anniversar. Now available in the USPaperback USeBook US

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The Tin MenY reissue features a new introduction by the authorWHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING‘Continuously funny The fun of The Tin Men is outrageous because it is so serious’ – Anthony Burgess Guardian‘A fast swooping performance by one of our very serious satirists This is a very funny book and delightful to read’ – William Trevor The Listener‘Dazzlingly funny perfect pieces of comedy’ – Observer. This made The Leakey Establishment look densely plotted Amusing at times but overall a chore to get through Thankfully it's reasonably short

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characters The Tin Men 107 ë The William Morris Institute of Automation Research is working hard to simplify our lives by programming computers to carry out life’s routine tasks Whether it’s resolving ethical dilemmas writing pornographic novels saying prayers or watching sports these automation experts are developing machines to handle it all enabling us to eThe William Morris Institute of Automation Research is working hard to simplify our lives by programming computers to carry out life’s routine tasks Whether it’s resolving ethical dilemmas writing pornographic novels saying prayers or watching sports these automation experts are developing machines to handle it all enabling us to enjoy free time And when it’s announced that the ueen will be. I'm not uite sure why I picked this off the shelf in the library but am so glad I did It is the one of the best and most deadpan satires I've ever come across The plot centres on an academic department that has a new building that will be opened by the ueen This impending opening unleashes chaos absurdity and self replicating committees distracting the heads of department from their usual novel writing sporting activities and obsessive graphing of their Is Probably my favourite and the funniest parts of the book describe the work of Goldwasser head of the Newspaper Department who finds it surprisingly easy to automate the headlines uoteSay for example the randomiser turned upSTRIKE THREATBy adding one unit at random to the formula each day the story could goSTRIKE THREAT BIDSTRIKE THREAT PROBESTRIKE THREAT PLEAAnd so on Or the units could be added cumulativelySTRIKE THREAT PLEA STRIKE THREAT PLEA PROBESTRIKE THREAT PLEA PROBE MOVESTRIKE THREAT PLEA PROBE MOVE SHOCKSTRIKE THREAT PLEA PROBE MOVE SHOCK HOPESTRIKE THREAT PLEA PROBE MOVE SHOCK HOPE STORMOr the units could be used entirely at randomLEAK ROW LOOMSTEST ROW LEAKLEAK HOPE DASH BIDTEST DEAL RACEHATE PLEA MOVERACE HATE PLEA MOVE DEALSuch headlines over gave a newspaper a valuable air of dealing with serious news and helped to dilute its obsession with the frilly knickeredness of the world without alarming or upsetting the customersThat is one of the most witty and astute commentaries on newspapers I've ever come across This book was first published in 1965 and has aged magnificently Only yesterday I read a piece about how the Daily Express has four basic headlines that it reuses endlessly Moreover if you've ever worked in an office you will recognise the odd personality uirks miscommunications and incredibly awkward social gatherings parodied here I laughed to myself many times Highly recommended