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How to Get a Grip - Forget namby-pampy, wishy washy, self-help drivel. This is the book you need

How to Get a Grip - Forget namby-pampy, wishy washy, self-help drivel. This is the book you need [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Kimberley
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)

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"amusing debut instruction manual"--Kirkus Reviews

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Do you want to get your life back on track? Are you treading water in your career? Does your relationship need a lift? Are you more fat than fit? Well, Get a Grip then! This is the self-help manual for people who hate self-help.You know the key to having more energy has nothing to do with crystals and chakras and everything to do with how much sleep you get. But you still choose reruns of Desperate Housewives over a good night's shut-eye. You know that neglecting your friends will leave you destitute and lonely but you're still too damn lazy to pick up the phone and get in touch. You know you could get through your to-do list in half the time -- yet you're still stalking your ex on Facebook. You know you need a kick up the backside -- and that's what you'll find within the pages of this book. If you're sick of being mollycoddled by self-help that deals in platitudes and endless steps for a new you, join How to Get a Grip in its campaign to help you get your life back on track by telling you what you already know. Implement How to Get a Grip's idiot-proof instructions to morph, overnight from being a friendless, wimpy and subservient doormat, perpetually vexed by the iniquities and raw deals that life throws at you, to being a total superhero. And what's more -- you'll have fun while you do it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 336 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1843583283
  • Publisher: AdLib (4 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079Q01XE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,339 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Matthew Kimberley was born in the UK. He lived there until he left, aged 18, and moved around the world. After stints in Malaysia, Belgium and Italy, he settled in Malta and will be there until something else comes up.

Matthew can't discuss the most interesting thing that ever happened to him, on account of signing the British Official Secrets Act.

However, his blog - How To Get A Grip - upon which his "entertaining debut" work is based, enjoyed massive overnight success before returning to languish in the dark, dank depths of the internet.

A prolific polymath, Matthew is able to type with four fingers and drink with two hands.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could swear here but I can't 7 July 2011
By Rob Collins VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the funniest book I have read in a long time. It's about time that someone slammed together the self-help and comedy genres. The book certainly takes its own advice and doesn't take itself too seriously.

I too have grown tired of self-help books that take 200 pages to explain a simple concept. They might give you a short-term mood boost, but it's soon over and you're back to square one. Part of the problem is that it's hard to hold lots of complicated advice in your head at the same time during your day to day life. But HTGAG's advice is nice and simple, and the humour helped it to stick inside my brain rather nicely. Sometimes the simplicity is a problem because some of the issues are handled a little *too* lightly for my liking. But combine this book with a few others (I have 4 favourite self-help books that together I think are a perfect package) and I think anyone can be turned into a superhero.

Before reading, I was a bit worried that if this book's advice is all common sense, won't I just find it obvious and boring? Not at all. While reading the book, I had multiple, "Aha!" moments, even though I've read somewhere between 10-20 books in this genre. It hasn't been hard work at all - it's just like someone telling you the answer to a maths problem you've been struggling over for a while.

I preferred the first half of the book. The second half is still good, but I found the humour to be a little less engaging and the advice a little more obvious (therefore less useful).

Summary: I loved this book, it made me cry with laughter several times. I bought several copies for my friends and have been recommending it to many more. So you should buy it too.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I got a grip! 4 Jan 2013
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I bought this book on a whim for the grand sum of 99 English pence, and I can say it's one of the best reads I have had in a long time. I, at 35, have never written a book review (less at school,many moons ago) as usually I can't be arsed! But after reading this I thought sod it. Also I would usually worry if people read this that they may pick me up for grammar etc, but after reading this book I don't care what anyone may think.
If your a 30 something who "can't be arsed" then read this book!! It will change your life, at least a little bit.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 13 Oct 2011
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The most direct and simple book on getting yourself sorted out that you will ever read. Have already read it twice.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting a grip and making it stick 9 July 2013
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At this point in my life I decided I needed some tough love, I needed a swift kick up the bazooka.
So I bought "How to Get a grip" by Mr Matthew Kimberley and, well, he tells it like it is, basically: Get over yourself, suck it up, stop whinging and get your ass moving forward.

Matthew tells us all to focus on the big picture things: health, family and relationships.
He warns that all too often we get buried in the details, then wake up and go `what the frack happened to my life?'
Matthew sates you are the cause of most of your problems, which means that you are also the solution, so stop getting in your own way! Dag nab it! (Ok, he doesn't say Dag Nab it but he should, it's funny)

What's great is that most of Matthew's advice is common sense, we just need to be reminded every now and then, he's really funny and there's no soft, gooey cotton candy or fluff here. Just simple, straightforward honesty.

If you respond to tough talk, then this is for you. If you need a reminder of the grit and crust of what really matters in life, then this is for you.
I'm not giving it 5 stars because as it turns out I didn't really respond to tough love, I need gentle encouragement, sweet talk and goo - but that's just me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping stuff 17 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A very intriging and down to earth book. The expletives were a little over-done and became slightly tedious hence the four star rating.

It did however make good sense and was a pleasant change from the over-priced 'Great Guru' rubbish so often foisted onto one. You know the stuff I mean, the sort of guff that has you trying to do things that don't come naturally to you (Or anyone else for that matter)and then heaping self loathing upon your own head when you fail to make it work because you forgot to implement chapter twelve para 34 sub practice 14(iii) every night before sleeping. None of that sort of nonsense here I'm glad to say.

Unpretentious and a pleasant change from the norm. worthy of a read.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny guy 5 Oct 2012
By charlie
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I regret buying this on my Kindle; in paperback, it would be the perfect book to add to my downstairs loo collection (and I mean this as a compliment). How To Get A Grip is hilarious and yet full of excellent advice for a more fulfilling, laid-back life.

There are some niggles; the author's tone is full-on north American - yet he was born and raised in the UK - and he seems to have his own continuing insecurities as, according to my Kindle, the first 8% of the book is a sales-pitch/justification of the merits of his book. The demographic addressed is narrowly heterosexual and middle-class - and there's a surprisingly indulgent approach to drinking and (worse) smoking. But perhaps I nit-pick as the belly-laughs will, for many readers, be more than reward enough.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
laugh out loud good and is surprisingly helpful
Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book. Some originality but a lot of fluff
I liked "Get a grip"genuinely. The only problem I have with books in this category of self help is the fluff they contain. A few points with a lot of filler.
Published 24 days ago by Don Riser
4.0 out of 5 stars Agreeable truths.. somewhat irresponsible recommendations
I enjoyed this book. For a self help book it was entertaining and self-reflective in equal measures. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TT
5.0 out of 5 stars Pastures new
Hooked from the first page. I was directed to this book by a friend because I felt the world was against me. Read the first page and not looked back
Published 1 month ago by Charlotte
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Common Sense - Yet We Need Reminding
The book admittedly is just full of glaringly obvious tips to help change your life. However, it seems we do need reminding of these things sometimes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hollie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny and quite true when you think about it.
Published 2 months ago by D. L. Gahan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
First Chapters are good, then loses it's way a bit. But enjoyed it
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay.
Not a bad. Straight to the point.
Published 2 months ago by MagicMan
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing
I enjoyed this book, people definitely do need to take more responsibility for their lives, I love the firm approach.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute must read unless your a prude
Best book that I have ever read. It's hilarious and as I read it, I was constantly shouting out sections of it to whoever was in the house at the time, because everything in it is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gemma
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