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  • By mandmss
    Jun 16, 2016
    Tom the synchrotron Beamline operator comes alive in this skillfully told tale by John Pople. John's English humour help us appreciate Tom's antics as he pokes fun at his co-worker Tom, in subtle ways at times and at others just gives it plain broadside! Once you start on the book it is hard to put down and restores your faith that you can have fun at your workplace - even in the depths of Stanford Radiation Lightsource Laboratory - a scary thought!
  • By Jo Lang
    Jul 10, 2015
    Thanks John for a fabulous read.Being a close Aussie friend of Jen and having met Tom only once it is believed by myself and my other half that Tom must have been on his best behaviour when visiting Down Under. Such a great insight into the SSRL tech ...take care of Ross when you get finally get him there Kind regards Jo
  • By Scott Tennant
    Jun 22, 2015
    What an outstanding read! I honestly had a hard time believing that Tom was a real person and not some actor who brought his own corncob pipe to the audition. I'm not sure in which category to slot him: "Legend" or "Biological Aberration." In either case, kudos to John Pople for bringing this man to life for those of us who haven't had the pleasure of meeting him. I was familiar with John's work in a different genre (Biblical exposition), so I knew he could write. But he takes his prose to another level in this book. As you read it, more than once you will ask yourself, "Wait, what? How can that be?" And perhaps the most wonderful thing about Tom is that that question cannot (and perhaps should not) be answered.
  • By Piero Pianetta
    Sep 24, 2014
    Even after having known Tom for many years and being very familiar with his antics, I'm glad I was blissfully unaware of Tom's truly hard core activities as described in the book. I now have visions of a smiling Tom careening out of the bushes in his car with a big smile on his face and terror on mine. This is an beautifully written book. I read it in one sitting laughing all the way through with the occasional exclamation of "How could he have thought that was OK!"
  • By Simon Palmer
    Sep 24, 2014
    This was waiting for me when I got home from work last night and I flicked through to get a feel for what it was like. I didn't put it down again until I finished reading it from cover to cover. The book is a collection of themed accounts of the antics of Tom and the impact these had on those around him. The stories could be read as one-off's but it is difficult, having finished one episode, not to turn over to see what the next one recounts. My evening was punctuated with laughs and winces as I was carried from one extra-ordinary adventure to the next. Most people know somebody who could lay claim to one or other of the stories, but I have yet to come across anyone who could bring together the whole package of idiosyncrasies in just one human being. A most enjoyable book, well written with an obvious affection for its remarkable subject.
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John A Pople
August 27, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.47 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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