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Best Dad I Can Be

Best Dad I Can Be [Kindle Edition]

Mark Richards
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Product Description

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From party bags, nativity plays and the sheer joy that’s a family changing room at the swimming pool – to teenage angst, slamming doors and boyfriends it’s best Dad doesn’t know about…

Based on nine years and 250,000 words of newspaper columns, The ‘Best Dad I Can Be' series hilariously charts everyday life in an ordinary family.

“Mark Richards humorously (extremely humorously!) chronicles life with his children. Each short column takes a snapshot of normal life be it computer games, expensive consoles, football, the cat, Christmas or just life in general. You won't regret buying this book... ever! Give it as a gift, use it as a pick me up or leave it in your will to the kids (just to remind them what they were like!)”

This is the sample book – 27 of the most popular columns covering the years from 2003 to 2012 and tackling the essential questions all parents have to face:

What do you do when your seven year old is arrested as a terrorist?

How do you react the first time your teenage son comes home drunk?

And how do you explain to a 16 year old girl who’s heavily into rock n’ roll that one day she’ll be just as heavily into growing her own vegetables?

“Genius, Mark. Thank you for this - it has so brightened my day.”

Over the next 12 months all nine books in the series will be published on the Kindle. If you want to laugh out loud at the everyday trivialities of family life – or you need to be reassured that you’re not the only parent hiding chocolate biscuits in the tumble dryer – then the ‘Best Dad I Can Be’ series is exactly what you’ve been waiting for.

“This book is quite simply one of the funniest I have ever read.”

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 145 KB
  • Print Length: 68 pages
  • Publisher: SimpleWords Limited (24 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EM5DCQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,458 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Humour, for a rapid world... 29 Dec 2012
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You have to wonder; if secretly, all families are the same - there are definitely hints of mine in here. This is a teaser book of collected columns from Marks "Best Dad I can Be" Submissions. Not quite laugh out loud, but enough to encourage a wry chuckle.

Well written, and paced for an easy read over a cup of tea :) or a glass of red! Some of these 77p Kindle wonders leave you wondering if the author is actually English or proof read anything but not in this case. Go on, take a chance, if you don't smile at least once then you have not experienced the joys of children in the house.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, light hearted reading 27 Feb 2014
By Dan
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Bought this book as I was looking for some dad type anecdotes which I could relate to.
I wasn't disappointed. It was full of extremely funny and real life experiences which I just couldn't put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for anyone who's ever been a parent 18 Nov 2013
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Pangs of hilarious, cringe-worthy recognition on every page and perfect for anyone who's ever been a parent! Although divided into 27 separate columns, I read this in just one sitting over a glass of red wine and reminisced over the snapshots of family life that most of us have been through at some point. At the end I was left there any such thing as a normal family? I guess not! Refreshingly honest and worth downloading at only 77p!
Looking forward to the next instalment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LAUGH OUT LOUD! 17 Aug 2013
By DeeDee
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Great laugh and so true for every parent, fathers everywhere should read it, makes you realise that we are all in it together :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Humorous Look at Family Life 27 Jun 2013
By Diane
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I enjoyed this humorous look at family life and, with two teenagers of my own, I could definitely relate to it. I think the fact that so many of the scenarios ring true for most parents is what makes this book really appealing, and there were some laugh out load moments. I particularly enjoyed the part about apples. The book also makes you realise that there are some things we do automatically without thinking about them in order to fit in with today's norm, which is vastly different to the norm of my childhood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Richards you are a genius! 7 Mar 2013
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This book is amazing - a laugh a minute! Better to read if you are a parent, but even remembering how funny the teenage years were when we went through it is all relateable - The author is so clever, witty and punchy! Well worth a read even if it was 4 or 5 times the low purchase price! I will be reading this again and again, thanks for sharing your stories Mark - GIANT FIVE STARS FROM ME! 5*****
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous book all parents should read 28 Nov 2012
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From the very first paragraph of this fabulous book I knew I was onto something special. It is a humorous and insightful look at family life that all parents will relate to. The author has taken his favourite newspaper columns, that he has been writing since 2003 and put them into this first book of ten. This is great news because after reading this one you will definitely want to read the rest.
This book covers a multitude of topics, from the contents of party goody bags that can make or break a party through to some unfortunate but very funny incidents at a play park. There are so many subjects the author writes about that resound with my own childhood memories. Who can forget their first pet goldfish that ended up being flushed down the toilet!
Mark Richards also introduces the reader to what he calls `Front Door Tax', a phenomenon dads and mums alike will doubtless have suffered, where just as you are about to leave the house you end up digging deep into your pockets for unexpected tax demands from your children. (Hilarious).
This beautifully written book has just the right mix of funny and more serious insights and I would highly recommend it to all parents. I shall certainly be buying the rest of the series as they come out.
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