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Greeting the 500 [Paperback]

Jules Segal
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Book Description

20 July 2007
Chris Martin agreed. Wayne Rooney declined. Joan Collins
didn't bother to reply.When Jules Segal makes a bet with his mate over a
few pints in his local his main aim is to prove that celebrities aren't the
self-obsessed egocentrics that we all believe them to be. His secondary one
is to avoid the unpleasant list of forfeits he will have to endure should
he fail in his quest.

The task is simple: meet and shake hands with as many celebrities from a
pre-agreed list as possible - while avoiding being thrown into prison on
grounds of stalking. Easy, right? But did Jules succeed in his mission? Or
did he spend the next twelve months cleaning the loo in his mate's bachelor
pad as punishment for his failure?

Join our star-struck author as he travels the length and breadth of the
country in search of celebrities and their hands...

Special guest stars include Cherie Blair, Alan Titchmarsh, Andrew Marr, Bob
Holness, Chris Martin, Derren Brown, Iain Banks, Gary Lineker, Jimmy Carr,
John Major, Jonathan Ross, Mike Leigh, Richard Hammond, Sir Ian McKellen,
Tom Baker and many, many more.

Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project Limited (20 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905548591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905548590
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,171,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.8 out of 5 stars
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If you're a fan of Tony Hawks or Dave Gorman and their random activities, then you'll be a fan of Jules Segal's latest attempt to prove his old friend Michael wrong, this time regarding the arena of celebrities and their altruism (or lack thereof) to their fellow humankind. Disturbingly addictive, I read this in three sittings and often laughing out loud. A definite buy and great for the summer holidays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable! 4 Oct 2007
By M & L
One man's mission to prove that celebrity doesn't necessarily mean ego with (amongst other things) the threat of facing your fears whilst carrying out numerous scary (and downright humiliating) forfeits.

A fools errand? Perhaps, but Jules' account of his attempt to win a drunken pub bet to shake the hands of 100 or more of 500 famous Brits makes for a fine read. Jules' writing style is very easy going and I read the book in under 2 days. There are numerous funny moments in the book which will make you chuckle as you race to the end and find out whether he wins the bet (or whether he has to face his fears and ride Britain's highest roller coaster).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Stuff! Not my words... 22 Aug 2007
This book made me chuckle aloud on a number of occasions. How Jules managed to hold down his job at the same time as scurrying all over the country meeting random celebrities I'll never know, but as the tale moves along one finds oneself rooting for our young self-effacing hero in his quest to prove his know-it-all mate wrong. And the 'individuals of note in their profession' prove themselves to be nice and normal, with many of them cheerily getting into the spirit of the thing.

It is worth reading for Will Self's rejection letter alone.

Four stars from me (one star taken off for the shocking abundance of typos).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed, I nearly Shat 26 July 2007
Hysterically funny book. I'd forgotten about this guy, but remembered being an avid reader of his website whilst he was involved in the bet.

Glad to see that he didnt let me down and actually made it all sound even funnier. An ideal buy for anyone who is fascinated by the present day Celebrity Culture. And wants to laugh at it!
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