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The Surveyors:Tudosobrediabetes

Philip Rougier
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Philip Rougier Published in October 19, 2018, 5:24 pm
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The Surveyors:Tudosobrediabetes

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Tezza
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Tezza Reply to on 15 July 2014
Fast moving and totally a great read that grips you from the very first page. Where does all this knowledge and all of the authors facts come from? A lifetime of experience and learning all mixed up with wit and objectivity. If you are in ANY building trades and love a good read then BUY. Would make a totally EXCELLENT mini series on TV, I would be glued to it.

Someone out there PLEASE make this into a TV series, can't wait for the next book in the series.

GREAT work Mr Rougier, keep it up!
Stephen McGinn
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Stephen McGinn Reply to on 22 December 2010
I was looking forward to week 2 of VU's activities, and it certainly didn't disappoint in any way. It's not a prerequisite to have read week 1 , but you'll gain the most if you have, with greater character background and momentum. VU's moving in loftier circles here, and you begin to see an increasingly more likeable, 'team-orientated' and benevolent side to him. He still sharply negotiates his own destiny with run-ins with the tax inspector, dodgy installers and damp-proofers, and entertains and informs with his detailed knowledge of many topics from seemingly ordinary objects. It shows real skill in the writing to give the reader detailed background on history, trade tactics and scams, objects etc but still keeping it non-techy, informative and fascinating (even heading for the net to find out a bit more). Plenty more wry humour throughout, and a snappy pace makes it a very entertaining and balanced read. Looking forward to week 3 now!
Stephen McGinn
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Stephen McGinn Reply to on 6 June 2009
"The Surveyors" is a fast paced and very entertaining look at just a single week in an unconventional surveying firm. The protagonist, Perigrine Vaughan-Uppington (VU), is a brisk and successful maverick, who literally 'flies' through the week finding solutions to solve his clients needs, usually to his own ample financial satifaction. There's enough building related detail to really engage those 'in the trade', but it's far from a techy or exclusive read for others. There's a good range of instantly recognisable characters , from wise secrataries, gruff builders, sharp lawyers through to judges and titled gentry. All are very well observed in detail and dialogue, with lot's of very British humour throughout. A very enjoyable book.
P. A. Rougier
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P. A. Rougier Reply to on 6 May 2009
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Text from the back cover . . .

Despite his aristocratic background, Eton, Cambridge and the Royal Engineers, The Hon. Peregrine Vaughan-Uppington is a troubled enigma.

Decorated but denied military promotion, thoughtlessly passed over for appointment as Estate Manager by his noble family, he felt driven to create an unusual surveying practice in Oxford - his imperative to gouge a fiscal future for himself, at the expense of almost everyone else.

"The Surveyors" follows the activities of Lord Peregrine and his staff through seven fast-paced days. Its whimsical humour, beguiling technical solutions and audacious moneymaking yield a heady and entertaining brew.

ISBN 978-1-84923-318-7
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Text from a publicity 'flyer' (also published as Product Information on amazon.com) . . .

"The Surveyors" chronicles seven consecutive days in a fictional Oxford-based practice dealing with a range of property and construction events. It takes a humorous swipe at the pretentiousness of The Property Profession and some of its more pompous practitioners.

The week's events include, among other things, the negotiation - and manipulation - of a range of technical issues, a court appearance as an Expert witness, flying sequences, a 'lateral thinking' solution to a Conservation Officer problem, an unusual Mediation, and an outré visit to Royal Ascot.

The principal character, The Hon. Peregrine Vaughan-Uppington MA(Cantab) FRICS, is wealthy by his own efforts, decorated, and to every outward appearance a great success. But his 1982 torment at appalling casualties among the sappers of his command in the Falklands - later compounded by wretched distress at his family's humiliating rejection - has never abated; and these things have fuelled a decade of fiscal revenge against hapless third-party litigants.

By the time we meet him, Vaughan-Uppington has achieved notoriety in his field, enjoys huge earnings, and assumes - expects - that he will win. Respected by many and feared by the rest, privately he agonises and perceives himself as a serial failure - his existence shallow and meaningless.

His staff, from widely differing backgrounds, form a "mix and match" team - together they wield an intoxicating blend of psychology, technical wizardry and naked cunning to exploit the week's triumphs and disasters.
Mrs G
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Mrs G Reply to on 21 August 2009
"The Surveyors" is an amusing and interesting read. It covers a week in a Surveyors' office and commences with a new surveyor, Newman, who is joining the practice and how he interacts with his Boss, The Hon. Peregrine Vaughan-Uppington, and the firm's other employees and their foibles. There are a wide range of characters who we can all relate to both at work and socially!

Several events happen during the week and the technical descriptions add to the interest - there is enough detail for readers who know about the surveying/building industry but it is not too detailed for the lay person. The humour is great and along with captivating details of the locations visited, including the exclusive Sandbanks area in Poole where The Hon. Peregrine Vaughan-Uppington and Newman stay during the weekend, it is a really interesting and exciting read and I have recommended it to family and friends.

Really looking forward to Week 2!
Ms. G. L. Quinton
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Ms. G. L. Quinton Reply to on 1 July 2009
The Surveyors was a truly enjoyable read. Funny and quirky, with the right amount of technical dialogue and fantastic descriptions of the locations visited. Lord Vaughan-Uppington's fresh relationship with Newman is that of an Headmaster and Pupil that develops into a friendship rather smoothly, only outside the office of course. I certainly enjoyed Newman's character and can certainly relate to his intrigue with regard to the firms profits and how they are calculated. I now feel my understanding of the Surveyors that I deal with on a daily basis has grown considerably (if not accurately)! I would, and have, recommended this novel to a number of people, both personal friends and those in the "industry". Well done Mr Rougier, I look forward to Week 2!
Rod Appleyard
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Rod Appleyard Reply to on 27 December 2010
This is just one very good read, more so if you are a surveyor. I found it slow to start, but then I have book 1 and know all the character and characters they are! This is a book that you must turn every page just to find out what happens next and hard to put down. I note that no Charterd Surveyors were hurt in the making, well that has to be a clue to the sheer wit and candour that are present. Philip do not whatever you do stop now I am sure you have more to write and please do not lose that very unique style it is just what is needed. If you haven't read this you must, disappointed? most definitely not..
T. J. Shea
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T. J. Shea Reply to on 29 July 2009
In a class of its own:

This book is unique. An amusing, informative, fascinating 'take' on the surveying profession? Yes, it's all that. But there's much more going on. Always cheerful and light-hearted on the surface, often there are appallingly serious undercurrents beneath. An excellent flowing read, spiked with blunt truths, realism and off-beat humour from a gifted, knowledgeable, witty writer. I'd like to see a full-blown TV series developed from "The Surveyors". And I can't wait to get my hands on 'Week 2'
Sheila White
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Sheila White Reply to on 12 July 2009
I have just finished reading Philip Rougier's novel "The Surveyors". The characters are a delight and the situations they encounter kept me turning the pages.
Rougier writes with exquisite perception about places and experiences which readers may recognise, but it is the characters which Vaughan- Uppington encounters who continued to surprise and entertain me. I will regard anyone who is a "Chartered Anything" with new interest in the future.
I hope the next volume will soon be written.
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