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Awkward Situations for Men [Kindle Edition]

Danny Wallace
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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And a man is a very tricky thing to be these days.

Trouble is everywhere. Embarrassment follows closely behind.

Whether accidentally insulting a friend’s baby, being caught wearing pyjamas by his wife, or inadvertently following a woman down a very dark street, Danny is no stranger to awkward situations.

As we follow a year in Danny’s life in which he blunders from one bewildering social situation to the next, it becomes clear that here is a man who struggles even to look after himself properly. And then an even greater responsibility looms on the horizon...

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"Laugh out-loud reading. Prepare to guffaw at the brilliantly ridiculous thoughts that can cross a bloke's mind" (Heat)

"Very funny, very clever, very charming" (Jonathan Ross)

"Can't help but spread a smile across your face" (ShortList)

"Comedy genius" (Daily Record)

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Danny Wallace's Awkward Situations for Men is the funniest book by a UK writer for a decade

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Danny Wallace is a Sunday Times-bestselling author who lives in London. His first book, Join Me, was described as a 'word-of-mouth phenomenon' by The Bookseller and 'one of the funniest stories you will ever read' by the Daily Mail. His second book, Yes Man - in which he decided to say 'Yes' to everything - became a hugely successful film with Jim Carrey in the lead role.

His column in ShortList magazine reaches more than 1.3 million readers weekly. He was the PPA Columnist of the Year 2011 and the Arqiva Radio Presenter of the Year 2012 for his work as the host of the triple Sony Award-winning Xfm Breakfast Show with Danny Wallace. GQ magazine has called him: 'One of Britain's great writing talents'.

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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More charm and humour from Mr Wallace! 6 Jun. 2010
First of all, I am a lady, and I was in no way alienated by the title. I know what Danny's like. The Awkward Situations contained in this book, while written by a reputed Man, for other Men, are human experiences. I could absolutely relate. So if you happen to be in possession of a vagina, don't be scared off.

Secondly, this book starts slowly. My initial reaction was "Yes, but that could happen to anyone." It took a little while before I realised that was the point - these things can happen to anyone, and, consequentially, do happen to everyone. I don't know at what point Danny won me over, but by the bit with the canned tomatoes I was giggling so much that I was in serious danger of dropping my copy in the bath!

If you're not British and have always wondered about our peculiar attitude to manners, shame and dignity, this book will offer a valuable insight. If you are British, it will offer sympathy and companionship.

Danny writes with the usual charm and gentle wit that keeps me coming back to his books. Thoroughly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Jam
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I bought this having read the "sequel", What Not to Do (And How to Do It). That was a book that had been left by the pool on my holiday, and having picked up the sundried, glue-failed book (minus the first 25 pages which had come unstuck and disappeared), found I couldn't put it back down.

This earlier book is much the same. Made up of small anecdotal stories, Danny Wallace intentionally comes across as a naive, dopey, geeky social misfit. I think what that achieves is to nail those awkward moments most men find themselves in at some point in their lives perfectly, amplifies them, and concentrates them into a book. The fact that he comes up with such funny stories shows that in fact he's anything but stupid - clearly he is very intelligent. So you don't know how true the stories are, but it feels like they're based on real events, and simply well embellished.

The fact is, you don't mind that one iota, because while each story's conclusion becomes almost predictable, they are still unique, and what really makes you laugh out loud is not necessarily the final punchline of each story, but all the golden nugget lines that you find interspersed throughout. And I can tell you, both this and the sequel had me laugh out loud on numerous occasions.

Some stories are definitely better than others, and at one point, about quarter of the way in, it felt as though they were deteriorating into a bit-too-silly territory. But thankfully it bounced back and in the main, most of the book is very, very good - and the sequel even better.

Well worth getting for your holiday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The perfect book for your downstairs toilet 14 Sept. 2010
Awkward Situations for Men is a collection of weekly articles that Danny Wallace serialises in Shortlist magazine. The book is thrown together as a year in his life, but in reality the stories have largely nothing to do with each other with only one or two leading on from one another. They are a collection of everyday situations that most of us will have encountered and will empathise with our hapless man.

Danny has an uncanny knack of penning what we chaps are thinking, really hitting the nail on the head; I wasn't even aware anyone else had a rule for how frequently you can eat McD's!! From baby-expos to Hollywood sets to pub-chat, there is sure to be something you can relate to!

Each story is 2-3 pages long and has the same formulaic set-up; the premise - where Danny lays the situation out for us, the turn - where he introduces some sort of intrigue, drama or just plain awkwardness and finally, the resolution - which is often an anti-climactic statement, the laughs are largely derived from his hyberbolic rhetoric. This rise & fall of each individual tale is very methodical and provides a punch line and a laugh every couple of pages. But when trying to read this in a contiguous sitting it becomes very monotonous and you run the risk of losing the humour.

It is best picked up occasionally to read a couple of short tales then left alone for a bit, as a result it is a great coffee-table book or lavatory-literature. Recommended for a few laughs!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Danny Wallace then you'll like this.. 30 Aug. 2010
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As a fan of Danny Wallace's other books I was suprised to find this was in a slightly different format. It is set out as a set of short (just a few pages each) of observations and anecdotes from Danny. As Danny is roughly my age I found I could relate to a lot of his thoughts which at times made laugh and at other times squirm through recognition.
Having said that, I can imagine if you are from a different age group and have not yet read any of Danny's other books then this might not be the best one to read first. However, if you like Danny's adventures and are prepared to go with him away from his normal style (but still retaining his humour) then this is worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got to love this man 2 Mar. 2012
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I have loved Danny Wallace's books ever since "Join Me" and this book totally lived up to my expectations. I found myself laughing out loud at the ridiculous situations he finds himself in. The book is divided into chapters, all focusing on a different awkward situation Danny has found himself in. The chapter which made me laugh the most is the one where Danny organises for faxes to be sent to himself at a hotel so he seems important.

The reason why this book is so brilliant is that everyone has found themselves in awkward situations not too dissimilar to these so they can relate to them (although the book is "For Men", us ladies can also relate!). The funny parts come in Danny's reactions- he seems to react in a very unique way to these situations and inevitably makes things worse.

I have since convinced my mother to read Danny Wallace's books and she has completely fallen in love with them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive
Funny for about four columns and then very, very samey.
Published 21 days ago by HC1977
5.0 out of 5 stars Awkwardly fantastic
I became a fan of Danny Wallace after reading his articles in Shortlist several years ago. Since then I have read many of his books and was excited to start reading this one as it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended. Thank you
Arrived on time. Recommended. Thank you.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs Shirley Harris
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Published 7 months ago by james mcallister
5.0 out of 5 stars A Man Walks Into a Pub Story
If I wrote down every time I did something a bit awkward I would probably have a very full and depressing diary that I would not allow anyone to see. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sam Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
Really funny and one of the easiest writing styles to read. I'd also recommend "Yes Man" as another Danny Wallace book everyone should read.
Published 18 months ago by Rolo
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing
Nice short book with some amusing short stories. Makes you think of how awkward most social situations are. Already got the follow up.
Published 20 months ago by vaughs
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay ish
Not as funny as other books, easy reading. Glad I didn't pay full price for. Quick delivery, ok condition. A
Published 22 months ago by Audrey Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Finished it just so I could read something better
I'm glad I only paid £1 for this, as I'd have been furious if I'd spent more!

The 'situations' Danny Wallace finds himself in are only awkward if you're a wet... Read more
Published on 27 July 2013 by James Nunn
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