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Answer Me This [Kindle Edition]

Helen Zaltzman , Olly Mann
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Answer Me This! ( is a weekly interactive comedy podcast, presented by Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann. In each show Helen and Olly answer listener-submitted questions, as diverse and fantastical as "Why does golf bring out the worst in people?", "Who invented the scotch egg?" and "Why do all girls hate me?"

In the Answer Me This! Question Compendium, Helen and Olly bring their trademark irreverence to the page for the first time in an inventive and witty spin on the classic Q&A format.

Since its debut in January 2007, Answer Me This! has been chosen as an iTunes Podcast of the Year in 2008, and in 2009 became the first independently produced podcast to be nominated for a Sony Radio Academy Award. With listeners all over the world, and more than 1.5 million downloads per year, the show is now one of the most popular comedy podcasts in Britain.

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'There's a post-Charlie Kaufman, post-Lee and Herring feel to their comedy, what with all the warmth, interactivity and media-savviness.' --Guardian

Book Description

Answer Me This, by Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann, contains the answers to all the questions you never knew you wanted to ask.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1496 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Non Fiction (4 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #233,440 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much to enjoy - every page is a delight 15 Nov. 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you are familiar with Helen & Olly's altogether brilliant podcast, you will know what to expect from this book. Wit, humour, and intelligence - and Olly writes a few pages as well! The tone of the podcast is present throughout. Dip into any page and you will find something to enjoy. There are also plenty of visual features to delight the eye as well as the mind that are by definition unavailable in a podcast. If you're not familiar with the podcast - why not?! The book is sure to bring Helen & Olly many new fans and hopefully even more of the recognition they deserve. It would make a great Christmas gift and there are going to be lots of happy giggles and laughs on ChristmasDay and Boxing Day from the happy recipients. It's the sort of book you can dip into time and time again and still be thoroughy entertained, and it's a bargain at this price. Buy one for yourself and a couple for your friends and share the joy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Answered Me That! 4 Nov. 2010
Answer Me This! is a humorous question and answer book filled with interesting anecdotes from Helen and Olly. Many of the questions have been posed in the podcast but to read over them in this book and hear some new stories is such a great experience! I would highly recommend this book to EVERYONE!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly long-lasting and life-fulfilling 13 Nov. 2010
Even though a lot of it is just answers from the podcast, there's plenty of new stuff and for [...] it is brilliant value. Very very funny as well.

I recommend you to line Helen & Olly's pockets to reward them for their continued existence.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy a Copy for Your Wife and Servants to Read! 31 Oct. 2010
Until now I've been happy to listen to Answer Me This! in stereo but buy this book, open it to a double page spread, sit back in your EasyBoy recliner and enjoy the immersive experience of Helen and Olly in very nearly 5:1 Surround Sound (with Martin in fabulous Reverb-O-Rama). You'll truly believe you are in a front room in Crystal Palace.

Few know, because they are so modest, that Stephen Fry has the Answer Me This! team standing by on a 24/7 direct Bluetooth link (he is in reality a bit of a thicky). Or that Stephen Hawking has recently scaled back his research because he feels sure Helen and Olly will get there first and has instead decided to have a bit of `me' time.

We've all been tempted at some point to live our lives by Luke Rhinehart's The Dice Man philosophy but in this book there is another option. For a year I have been making every decision in my life based on the advice of Helen and Olly and I can honestly say it is a richer, more fulfilling existence in every regard. I've also made considerable savings on groceries and council tax now that I am incarcerated.

I can only hope that following what must surely be the huge and deserved success of this book (will it be the new Little Book of Calm?) that the AMT team set up a community in Mid Wales perhaps or San Francisco. Here acolytes will follow their teachings before Helen and Olly retire to a more tax efficient location and spend their free time cooperating fully with the authorities in respect to their activities at the Answer Me This! Centre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must buy it! 2 Nov. 2010
Well where do i begin, the moment i read the first page, i decided to keep reading. And on and on i went until i had read the whole thing! For anyone who listens to the podcast this book is a must and it also makes the perfect gift for any non-listners too! would =say that this is one of the greatest pieces of toilet literature of all time, i'd even go as far as to say that it's in the same league as the "Great lies to tell small kids" and "Bunny Suicides" series!


Thanks Helen and Olly

Will form Ipswich
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars buy it now 13 Mar. 2011
By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I feel like Helen and Olly are old friends, their half hour podcasts have been a regular companion to my commuting. They are over-educated, under-employed, over-opinionated and very funny, perfect company.

Basically their podcast is a sort of smutty radio four type thing, with listeners posing questions, which Helen and Olly then proceed to answer or not. This can provoke humorous stories from their past, rants, or even an informative answer.

Before criticising, I would like to say that writing comedy is one of the most difficult forms of writing to do well, iambic penatameters in latin are probably more difficult to get right, but after that written comedy must be a close second. This book is consistently amusing, and had me laughing out loud in numerous places. It is like Stephen Pile's Book of Heroic Failures. Ideal for reading when you are visiting the smallest room in the house. So that is one of the places where I was laughing out loud. Learn from my mistake, don't lend it to anyone else. My copy of Heroic Failures legged it was enormous speed when I let someone borrow it, it must have felt like a drunken inter-railing student with an enviable trust fund.

Having said all that, some of the stories are not quite as funny as they were on the podcast. The book could have been broadened out slightly, I would have loved to see the place where the podcast is recorded, and a little more biographical detail. The dominant voice in the writing is clearly Helen, so the banter aspect did not translate readily to the printed page. If you, or a possible recipient, are not intrigued to learn how to fart unobtrusively while in bed with a spouse, then this book is possibly not entirely appropriate.

Helen and Olly deserve our love and support, buy this book to read, or give away to poor people.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Facts and funnies
Informative and amusing as their podcast. Read from cover to cover in one sitting
Published 7 months ago by JP Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn an alternative viewpoint!
Lots of laughs, even though a generation too old!
Published 8 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars loved the book & surprisingly learnt stuff as I laughed!!
As well as being full of the many great laughs I expected from the "Answer Me This" team, this book actually had content that meant I learnt stuff as I read and laughed at... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lolah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great present
I bought this for my boyfriend as I know he loves AMT (and so do I, so now I can steal it from him and read it myself), and he was surprised and excited when he received it. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Åse
5.0 out of 5 stars got to love it
I am a massive fan of the podcast, having recently being introduced to it, so thought I'd try the book version and yeah it didn't disappoint!
Published 24 months ago by Mahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Helen and Olly at their finest!
A must-buy for any AMT fans.
I'm guessing the pictures work better in the physical form than in the Kindle ebook - the formatting could do with some tweaking. Read more
Published on 7 Feb. 2013 by Ruth George
5.0 out of 5 stars Mann and Zaltzman excellence
I loved this book!
Great writing style, and very funny (it had me laughing out loud in inappropriate circumstances) I'd certainly recommend it to my friends. Read more
Published on 6 Jan. 2013 by HR
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
bought this as an xmas for my brother who's also a fan of the podcast, and i ended up stealing it for most of xmas day, probably subconsciously planned this. A very funny read.
Published on 29 Dec. 2012 by estábienpadre
5.0 out of 5 stars More questions answered than a pub brawl between the Eggheads and the...
I recently became addicted to Helen and Olly's podcast and in an effort to ensure they are able to buy more Chupa Chup lollies I decided to buy this book. Read more
Published on 30 Aug. 2012 by Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
A brilliant podcast eloquently translated into literary form for your reading pleasure. Raises a smile (or sometimes an eyebrow) and is a genuinely good light read :)
Published on 7 Feb. 2012 by Seb
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