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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (5 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333908198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333908198
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 912,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This rather fine novel will not just appeal to males' -- Times Play Magazine

...choc-a-bloc with dark humour to leave you chortling into your pillow long after you've shut the book. -- Ice Magazine

It will have you both laughing out loud and wincing at its pathos, while women readers will gain something of an insight into the male psyche... -- Waterstone's Books Quarterly

Raw, funny, edgy and uncomfortable... with plenty of gallows humour, this book could beat up anything by Tony Parsons. -- FHM

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Phil Robinson is the former deputy editor of Loaded. He lives in London with his wife, Anna Maxted. Charlie Big Potatoes is his first novel.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn on 21 July 2002
Format: Paperback
I can't speak highly enough of this book - at last, someone who doesn't treat the reader like an idiot or a client or a 'follower'; a book that speaks the truth about the highs and lows of love, drugs, and the bittersweetness of life. This is a book that has characters who do nice and nasty things, senseless and loving things. So often in books characters and stories are written larger and suffer because of it but in CBP you go inside the mind of a normal person being twisted by his own fears and the expectations of the 'normal' people around him. It is endearing and brave, and for me, works wonders.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
Unlike so many 'Dick Lit' books these days, Charlie Big Potatoes makes you stop and think. Not content to follow a simple 'beer, booze and babes' formula, this book has something to say about the stresses and strains of the modern world - we chase only pleasure, we get only pain; at some point we must step back and look at the big picture. That's not to say it's 'worthy' or dull - it isn't. The plot moves along at speed, and there's plenty to make you laugh out loud or weep in despair. And all for less than the price of a budget cd. Mind you the author looks a bit scary on the back cover!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Jarvis on 27 Feb. 2010
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This book is fantastic - I don't often award five stars. The author has clearly dont his 'research' when in comes to drugs, paranoid freak-outs and psychiatric hospitals, but is able to keep such a dark and funny slant on the whole mess. The writing style is superb, disjointed and hard to follow through the drug fuzz, and bell-clear when Charlie's mind is sober. Charlie's thoughts are put onto the paper in such a realistic manner, written in the moment. The asides are funny, sometimes hilarious, and the innocence with which Charlie greets his mates' cynicism is painful. The journey that the reader is taken on through the book forces a certain amount of introspection - not something that would normally set off a 'Dick Lit' comedy, but it really puts the icing on the cake, brining home Charlie's struggle with addiction and mental illness. This book is fab, and gives the reader everything they want and more.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 July 2002
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My girlfriend bought this book and read it in one sitting, laughing and crying picked the book up after her, expecting a kind of Mike Gayle, Nick Hornby thing, but this book comes with a great deal more edge. Which surprised because usually these books are quite whiney and a little dull. But this was funny, full of cool liners while maintaining a cynical and realistic edge with some darkly comic suburban moments worthy of a Mike Leigh film. I liked the central charcter even though I wanted to strangle him sometimes (he's kind of naive but destructive at the same time) and liked the way the author has seen through the "lad lifestyle" and turned it on it's head and shows it for what it is. It even made me think about my own situation with my job and my girlfriend, which I didn't expect at all. A really good read. Five stars!
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