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Can't Be Arsed [Hardcover]

Richard Wilson
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Book Description

15 Sep 2008
Books, television shows and websites are forever ordering us around - 100 things to do before you're 30; 50 albums you must own; this year's must-have handbag; change your life in two weeks. Why - is this an increasingly desperate search for happiness? What is this obsession with lists, and why should we care? Canâ t Be Arsed is a hilarious diatribe from the head of comedy at Hat Trick (producers of Have I Got News For You, Room 101 and Father Ted) that takes a detailed look at the alternative side of the 101 most frequently cited must do's, revealing the ugly details that most of these guidebooks conveniently ignore. It gives off-putting facts and statistics to quote at holier-than-thou thrillseekers, so the next time somebody tells you that you simply must swim with dolphins, read Kafka in Prague, or go skydiving, you can tell them exactly where to get off. Here, at last, is the timely antidote to the plethora of '101 things' books so beloved by vaunting adventurers, to finally make them stop telling us how to live. Wish-fulfilment lists take heed...

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Portico (15 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906032378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906032371
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.6 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I'd like to say that this is a funny, intelligent, thorough account of not bothering to expand your horizons, but I can't be ar**d." --Paul Merton "A terrific blow for freedom. Richly comic." --Boris Johnson "A funny book from the man behind some of Britain's funniest TV shows. Quite an achievement for such a miserable old ba****d." --John O'Farrell

"A terrific blow for freedom. Richly comic." --Boris Johnson

"A funny book from the man behind some of Britain's funniest TV shows. Quite an achievement for such a miserable old ba****d."

" This is properly funny. I've even put it in a seldom-used toilet." --Jeremy Clarkson --John O'Farrell

"A terrific blow for freedom. Richly comic." --Boris Johnson

"A funny book from the man behind some of Britain's funniest TV shows. Quite an achievement for such a miserable old ba****d." --John O'Farrell

"A terrific blow for freedom. Richly comic." --Boris Johnson

"A funny book from the man behind some of Britain's funniest TV shows. Quite an achievement for such a miserable old ba****d." --John O'Farrell

About the Author

Richard Wilson is head of comedy for Hat Trick Productions (Have I Got News For You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly funny 21 July 2011
By Mr G
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This is a splendid manifesto for those who would prefer a nice sit-down and a hobnob to gallivanting around the globe in search if dubiously entitled thrills. The authors intelligence and wit make it essential reading,
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Title Says It All! 18 Jun 2009
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Ever screwed up your Sunday newspaper in rage as yet another lazy journalist fills column inches with the indispensable hundred things to do, places to go, restaurants to eat in, books to read, etc, before you die? Then this is the book for you. The author Richard Wilson (not that Richard Wilson - this one is the producer of TV's Have I got News For You) has put the lists together in this slim volume along with reasons (including scientific but totally bogus graphs) showing why you shouldn't do any of them.

Enjoy dipping into Can't Be Arsed and laughing at people you know who take these bucket lists seriously - Richard Wilson certainly doesn't. A dose of humour in a dreary world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's your life - live it! 29 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover
This book is a send-up of those patronising "100 places/things you must see/eat/do before you die" -type books. The message is: it's your life, and you need not feel obliged to canoe down the Amazon, swim with dolphins, or ride down the Grand Canyon on a mule just because everyone else down at the tennis club has done it. If you prefer to curl up on sofa with a DVD box set and a large glass of chilled white wine (and, let's face it, who doesn't?) then that is perfectly fine. There are a few laugh-out-loud moments in the book - I particularly enjoyed the experience of the nervous Dutch bungee-jumper - but principally this is a book about just being you and living life for yourself without following the herd. It's a refreshing point of view and, once you've read it, it can serve as a coffee-table (or downstairs loo) book for visitors to dip into and enjoy. Recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
To quote from page 184:
"Most men know that you don't actually need to spend a fortune to achieve total relaxation and inner peace - all you need is an armachair, some cans and a television."
My biggest dilemma at the moment is whether to give my copy of this book to a friend or keep it myself. Perhaps he's not that good a friend? I haven't laughed so much for ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Jemma S
Format:Hardcover
I thought it was brilliantly funny and I finished it in no time. Which might be one of the disadvantages of this book - it's a bit too easy to read, and before you know it the 207 pages are at an end.

For anyone considering buying it, I'd suggest you read the first page of the 'Visit Machu Picchu' entry (it's free to view on Amazon - just click 'look inside') and see if you like that type of humour. The rest of the book is written in a similar style, so if you hate this page, you're going to hate the rest of the book.
The style of humour is very definitely aimed at men, and is seriously London-based. It's pitched somewhere between Have I Got News For You and Loaded, and is gleefully cynical about just about everything that a certain brand of snob holds dear. I suspect the snobs that Wilson is insulting are the dinner-party fraternity of the West London media circus - being a TV producer, he probably knows loads. I don't know any, but I still did a lot of chuckling, quite a lot of nodding in agreement, and a bit of laughing-out-loud from time to time.

In among the silliness and cynicism there are a few points that really make you stop and wonder. One of my favourite passages, about visiting Auschwitz so you 'don't forget':

"If you are going to visit a concentration camp for the purpose of making a vow, you already know all you need to know and you're indulging in nothing more than grief tourism."

Makes you think, eh?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another teenager 22 Jan 2013
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This is one of my 17-year old grandson's favoured expressions as he lounges about the place doing nothing very much. He laughed out loud when he received this as a Christms gift. I don't know yet though if he "can be arsed" to read it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good book 28 Jan 2012
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This was a christmas present for my friends son, I wish I had one myself, very funny and well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 1 Jan 2012
By Jess
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I bought this for my dad. It arrived fairly quickly, and in a decent condition. And the bits that I actually read were really funny.
I'm sure my dad will love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and thought provoking
Bought as a gift which was well received and caused a lot of amusement in the family who were treated to snippets read out loud.
Published 9 days ago by L A Markham
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
really enjoy every page of this book and would recommend it to everyone to read, gunna pass on when read again
Published 2 months ago by sharon holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a stocking stuffer!
As it is a stocking stuffer for my son, so I shall not read it. But I did like the title - it summed up so well my son's attitude to things.

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Published 5 months ago by mtb
5.0 out of 5 stars Still laughing
Victor Meldrew srikes!! Richard Wilson has a hilarious take on all the 'things to do before you die'. It's great to check out the things you've done, or would like to do. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Red Hummingbird
3.0 out of 5 stars only just ok
I bought this book hoping for a good laugh but half the time i didnt find it very amusing some of the short stories were funny but some were quite boring usually i have a good... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sylvia Chapman
4.0 out of 5 stars An anti-annoying-snob manifesto
Cynical couch potatoes of the world unite! Well, that would be too much to ask probably. Instead, enjoy this book. Read more
Published on 12 April 2012 by Dr Dombo
3.0 out of 5 stars Well I CAN be arsed - to write a good review!
Can't Be Arsed
Can't be Arsed asks `why do we put ourselves through the pain and so called excitement of bungy jumping (why indeed) and what drives us to go and see the Great... Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2012 by Susan from Find The Real You
5.0 out of 5 stars I am being arsed - to write this.
Good read. I share many of the sentiments, although some to be taken with a pinch of salt. Excellent bathroom read.
Published on 1 Jan 2012 by A. Brothwell
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