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  • Number Of Editions

 Re-printed at least 12 times in paperback and with three different covers that we've found! The original hardback edition has a completely different cover and is jolly rare! The book was recently sold to a Russian Publishers so there is indeed a Russian version
with a title that roughly translates to "Sold Mini and Maxi"

  • Marks out of 10 for Cover

  The hardback cover features a painting by Shyam Varma - all the requisite elements are present. Naked girl? Check! Half naked fella? Check! Sewing Machine? Check! 9/10 The original paperback cover is either a pregnant woman or a woman clutching a pillow/cushion to her stomach. not entirely sure of the relevance - but I vividly remember the day my sister gave me this book. She had found it in the day-room of Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, where she was working as a nurse. It was my first taste of TOBIN! 1/10. Cover Two shows a youthful-looking Russ sat at a table with a Sewing Machine. But the Sewing Machine appears to have a shapely pair of lady's legs! A bit surreal - it was the late 60's I suppose 4/10. Covers Three & Four are our first introduction to the CLASSIC Tobin Series theme (one with a tagline and one without). A different Russ to the chap on Cover Two - This time looking a bit sheepish as he clutches a Sewing Machine and has a completely starkers lady leaning on his shoulder. Russ is either going to drop that Sewing Machine, or she's going to catch her death! 10/10 The Russian edition is a particularly dull picture of a sewing machine! Vladimir has not read the memo!

  • Cover Notes

 Hardback EDITION
Typical of his generation, Russ Tobin is a lusty, charming, zip-along young man desperately seeking a purpose in life. Bored with the dull, futureless routine of his office job in the grime of Liverpool's dockland, he turns to the opportunist world of "switch-selling" in search of money and adventure-and finds both.
From the start he is successful but realises, to his confusion and delight, that many of his lonely, lady customers are more interested in his charms than in his sewing machines. Interpreting in his own special way the salesman's motto "The Customer Is Always Right", he does his best to leave each one wholly satisfied.
Sadness, wit, laughter and downright kinkiness flow into his life from contact with a host of diverse characters, leaving Russ wiser-though still floundering -at the end of the story.

 Paperback EDITIONS 1-3
It's the door-to-door seducer's Book Of The Year! Tired of office work in Liverpool's grimy dockland, Russ Tobin decides to become a salesman. After a crash-course in the psychology of selling things to people who don't necessarily want to buy them, and armed with the Ritebuy Minor (decoy for the Ritebuy Major), he feels ready to knock on any door. It is a revelation. Behind each door, it seems, is a frustrated housewife. Interested less in the Ritebuy's capabilities than in Russ Tobin's. Remembering the maxim The Customer is Always Right, Russ does his best every time to leave a satisfied customer behind him. One way or another

 Paperback EDITION 4
He keeps the customers satisfied! Behind every closed door is a frustrated housewife. And right next to the housewife is Russ Tobin, Stud of the Seventies, the man who can slip his way into any home when armed with a Ritebuy Minor (cunning sales decoy for the Ritebuy Major) and a well-oiled, no-hitch action of his own. Russ is a sewing machine salesman, and like all such men he knows that action without deeds turns bachelors into weeds. And when the customer wants a bit of the action, then the customer's always right. Right? Trust Tobin to know all the tricks and then tell!

 Russian Edition
Roughly translates as "A little gel, a little perfume, the smile with a hint of mystery, a mysterious look ... Add to all this an ideal manner ... and ... even the purchasers of sewing machines could become more closely acquainted in an intimate atmosphere, and the most common and desperate of housewives can become a passionate and burning tigress ..."

  • Brief Description of the Plot

 Tobin decides to quit his dull office job and chance his arm at flogging Sewing Machines.

  • Page at which Russ Tobin first eyes up a lady

 Page 10. Russ describes Jean - the niece of his Landlady. She is 16 and has a "beautiful bottom"!

  • Page at which Russ Tobin first gets to know a lady in the biblical sense

 After some severe flirting and cavorting with Jean, and some even MORE severe flirting and cavorting with Gloria from the office - he finally gets his wicked way on Page 48. With Gloria of course - it seems like a revelation to both of them. Russ has only had hurried, furtive encounters in the past and Gloria is stuck in a dead marriage. Little does Russ realise that he is soon to become a GLOBAL LOVE MACHINE!

It's also worth mentioning that Russ already has a habit of using a pet name for his ahem...manhood. In later novels he settles for the name Herc (or Hercules) but in these early days he refers to it as "Frederick The Great" and Page 22, and then "Prince Richard" on pages 85, 108 & 114

  • Page at which Russ Tobin first drinks a Vodka Tonic

  Russ goes to the pub to discuss the selling job with Jim Stanford. Jim buys him a Light Ale. Soon customers are forcing all manner of alcohol on Russ - Gin and Orange, Champagne and VODKA! On Page 118 he decides Vodka is the best drink to consume "on the job" because it has no smell. In future adventures Russ is a confirmed Vodka Tonic drinker. This is where it all started - although he takes his Vodka here with Bitter Lemon.

  • Page at which Russ Tobin first reminisces about a previous adventure

 Obviously this category doesn't really apply here, but it will come into its own in future novels

  • Serious points raised

 Working in an office for a living is crap, whilst selling sewing machines in a not altogether honourable way is much more fun, and you get to meet an awful lot more ladies that way! But ultimately switch-selling is no fun in the long term, and your boss is usually an idiot so always keep an eye out for a new opportunity.

There is also a scene towards the end of the book when Russ demos a machine to a gay couple called Francis & Peter which does veer off into a couple of 70s stereotype moments, but ultimately Stan has the good grace to redeem himself by painting them as thoroughly likeable
"There was something buoyant and lighthearted about them that lifted you up and made you want to laugh with them"

  • Rating on the MORGANOMETER

A magical 10 for Stanley's debutů.nothing else will do