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It is easy to be critical of local government officials, perhaps sometimes unfairly, but the experiences of Lynda Franklin and her partner in trying to save an abandoned Devon cottage show up the bureaucrats at 'The Council Offices' in an extremely bad light and her comments on their petty-minded obstinacy and unwillingness to see through their rose-coloured glasses beyond their desks into the world where the rest of us live are mind-boggling. At each and every turn the men in grey tried to thwart Lynda's attempts to save a ruin and turn it into a family home. Without spoiling the story line for the reader, can I just say that it turned out OK in the end? Put "Shoestring Warrior" on your 'must read' list - it is a book that cries out to be read at one go from cover to cover!    C.P.