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Danny Wallace
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Book Description

3 July 2008

Danny Wallace is about to turn thirty and his life has become a cliché. Recently married and living in a smart new area of town, he's swapped pints for lattes and had even contemplated buying coasters. Something wasn't right - he was feeling way too grown-up.

Until - Danny finds an old address book containing just twelve names. His best mates as a kid. Where are they now? Who are they now? And how are they coping with this scary concept of being grown-up?

And so begins a journey from A-Z, tracking down and meeting his old gang. He travels from Berlin to Tokyo, from Sydney to LA. He even goes to Loughborough. He meets Fijian chiefs. German rappers. Some ninjas. And a carvery manager who's managed to solve time travel. But how will they respond to a man they haven't seen in twenty years, turning up and asking if they're coming out to play?

Friends Like These is the story of what can happen when you track down your past, and of where the friendships you thought you'd outgrown can take you today...


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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (3 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091896762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091896768
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 13.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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'.

www.dannywallace.com

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"Danny writes in such an enthusiastic, excitable way that you can't help being swept up with the emotion of his quest" (Heat)

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Alarmed at the prospect of turning thirty and having to - gah! - grow up, bestselling author Danny Wallace sets off on a new quest: to track down his long-lost best mates... --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic from Mr. Wallace! 21 Jan 2009
Format:Paperback
I have to say that I'm surprised that some people struggled to get through this book as I found it un-put-downable(!) and read it in well under 48 hours. However, I found it did make me produce involuntary sounds akin to that of a squealing Pig at some very inopportune moments (on public transport etc.) and so I strongly advise you enjoy this books' more hilarious moments in a more private space).

As always, Wallace makes the most unbelievable stories seem perfectly normal and his writing style still makes you imagine that he is telling you the story one to one in the Pub. I personally love this style of informal writing and there are obvious similarities in this vein with Bill Bryson and Stuart Maconie. (Indeed, Maconie's 'Pies and Prejudice' is born out of a similar age realisation as Friends like these).

I think it almost certainly helps if you are between the age of 25 - 35, because there will be greater resonance with some of the chronology but if you are outside this age group - still please read it - you will not be disappointed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Danny Wallace, writer and TV presenter, is heading towards his 30th birthday and having an identity crisis. His friends all seem to be moving on and as he looks around his grown up house at his grown up display cushions, he starts to panic. One day he opens an old box of paraphernalia from his childhood and finds an address book. Realising he's lost touch with all his old childhood friends; he sets about tracking them down...

Friends Like These is a warm, funny, honest, heartwarming book about rekindling lost friendships and making the transition from being a twenty-something to a thirty-something. As someone who is only a year off doing just that, I could really relate to Danny's feelings. We all wonder what old friends are doing, and we now have the likes of Facebook and MySpace to keep us connected...but Wallace takes it a step further. He actually meets up with them all in person. Now he doesn't have your average group of friends to start with. He's godfather to Jamie Oliver's daughters; one of his best friends is the bass guitarist in a rock band and his girlfriend works on Big Brother! However, he came from ordinary beginnings and wonders if he will find that all his old friends have ended up working in IT! He wonders if they too are nervous about the impending milestone, and would like to make the transition easier by sharing it with friends who have had an impact on his life.

Friends Like These is very easy to read. Danny Wallace started his career as a journalist, so the style is punchy and witty, with nice bite-size sub-chapters. His observations on childhood, on growing up and on friendships really made me smile and the ending is quite poignant. This is one of those books that will make you sigh with satisfaction when you've turned the last page, and maybe feel a little warm inside too!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I liked this book. I did, really. Danny Wallace is an engaging enough writer and his tale of finding his childhood address book and tracking down the 12 people in it (not including the Michael Jackson fan club, though that features too) is often amusing and sometimes touching. But....

The trouble is, after the wonderfully life-affimring 'Yes Man' and the equally well-received 'Join Me', which I haven't read, this whole thing of a faux-naif modern man making the world a better place in his own small way is getting a bit overdone. Wallace knows it too: hence the many pointless digressions and often forced humour of this tale - Japanese English is a bit hilarious, isn't it, eh? The book is also dreadfully repetitive at times.

The other trouble is, it's all a bit too easy at times. Anyone can track a fair proportion of their old mates down these days what with Facebook, the net in general and a BBC expense acccount to fund flights to America, Australia and Japan in the space of a few weeks. Never once does Wallace admit the perfectly obvious truth that he saw this as his next book-writing project from the start. Nor does the premise that he has to do it all before turning 30 and becoming a boring middle-aged man ring true. His wife is clearly far too nice to force that on him.

I'll admit to a bit of jealousy here. I come from a generation where you inevitably lost touch with most of those friends who weren't reliable letter-writers if and when you moved away from your roots. Now that email has made letter-writers of us all and social networking keeps us in touch with everyone, that need not happen any more. Plus Wallace is obviously such an amiable man that he can get in touch with more lost friends than I ever had to lose in the first place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I wish Danny was a friend of mine 11 Aug 2013
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This book is an easy and fun read that, assuming you are of a certain generation, takes you back to your childhood with a fantastic nostalgic trip down memory lane. So many of the things he talks about mirrored my own childhood memories while at the same time taking you on a fantastic journey so typical of Wallace's books.
Maybe not quite up there with Join Me, it is still laugh-out-loud funny and typically poignant.
Great book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting, Positive, Fun! 6 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
This is such a feel good book. Danny is fast approaching 30 and is a little concerned about it, especially about owning 'display cushions'. His mum has sent him a box of his old things and when looking through it he discovers an old address book from his childhood. The address book contains the names and address of 12 of his best friends from when he was at school. Danny wants to know if they are feeling like him on their approach to 30 so takes on a quest to meet up with them all again and update his address book.

I absolutely loved this book. It was funny, sad, uplifting, positive and inspirational. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So funny and well written.
Published 29 days ago by James Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Embarrassingly funny
I say that because, like a previous reviewer I found myself snorting, and indeed crying with laughter whilst on various modes of transport and in company. Read more
Published 4 months ago by CJS
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy reader
Again this was recommended by a friend who said it was the best book she'd ever read!
It was a light read that was quite nostalgic, it was inoffensive but a bit more of a boys... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Miss L Holdstock
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
As with "join me: the true story of a man who started a cult by accident", it took me maybe 1/4 of the book to accept the concept. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Malin Anne Martinsen
4.0 out of 5 stars More thoughtful that other books of this type
I nicked borrowed this book off the boyfriend the other week when nothing on my kindle was inspiring me and I just fancied an easy read. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lucybird
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it, but...
Ok so I hate to be the bringer-downerer of this review section because you guys seem to have liked this book, as did I - overall. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ashleigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
Another great book from Danny Wallace but as usual never long enough! I would be happy to recommend to all avid readers
Published 18 months ago by Sarah P
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't finish it
I think I just don't like him. I read painfully through the first half of the book, but I just find him smug and annoying rather than funny. Read more
Published 18 months ago by M. S. Skeldon
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Danny Wallace
I went into this book thinking I wouldn't enjoy it as much as I had 'Are you Dave Gorman?' and 'Join Me', thinking that as the mad cap adventure this time seemed less structured... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Susan Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and touching
A great read it made me smile a lot, and a few times nearly cry. Well worth the money...yes thanks
Published 19 months ago by PS
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