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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project Limited (20 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905548591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905548590
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,656,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Contentcritic on 14 Aug. 2007
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M & L on 4 Oct. 2007
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pedantic Prudence on 22 Aug. 2007
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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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By R. Lowther on 11 Feb. 2010
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Tony Hawkes, Dave Gorman and Danny Wallace have a lot to answer for. Between them they developed the 'bar bet' into a literary form, taking one silly bet and expanding on it in a very humours manner, often with laugh out moments that caused the reader as much embarrassment on the train to work, as the forfeit would have caused the author had they lost their bets.

Unfortunately they encouraged the less talented to write about their drunken antics; for every Tony, Dave or Danny there is a Jules. His madcap 'bar bet' feels contrived and his writing style is that of a second rate Bob Monkhouse, with poor one-line jokes on nearly every page. These and his other off topic diatribes distract from any interest you may have had in seeing if his quest was successful.

After the first few pages, I bet that you will to skip through the pages to the end to see if he is successful rather than continue to read a book that really could have done with a really good editor, to reduce it in length and to focus the author on the matter in hand.

No wonder I found the book in the bargain bin of my local bookshop
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