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How Not to Grow Up: A Coming of Age Memoir. Sort of. [Kindle Edition]

Richard Herring
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Comedian Richard Herring has a major problem. He's about to turn 40 and hasn't seen it coming. He's not married, doesn't have a proper job or 2.4 children. But now, finally, it looks as if the world expects him to be a grown up - and he's completely unprepared for it.

As the momentous and terrifying event approaches (his birthday), Richard notices a steep decline in his own behaviour. Inexplicably he begins to behave more childishly - hanging out with 22-year-olds, developing an unhealthy addiction to Flumps and even getting into a ludicrous fight.

How Not to Grow Up is the funny story of how a self-confessed perpetual Big Kid deals with his greatest fear - getting older - and is the perfect book for everyone who, deep down, still thinks that they're 18.

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"A thoroughly entertaining confessional... cheeky, self-deprecating and very human" (Metro)

"If you've ever secretly wondered when you're going to grow up, How Not To Grow Up is one for you..." (Lauren Laverne Grazia)

"Razor sharp and very funny" (Shortlist Magazine)

Book Description

The misadventures of an immature man in an adult world

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 803 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (14 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038AUYVY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly not what I expected... 30 Aug. 2010
As a long-time fan of Richard Herring (yes, I was at the Lee and Herring live recording all those years ago...), I was really looking forward to reading this book. And it gave me everything I wanted, albeit not in the way I was expecting it. I anticipated a peek into Richard's private and professional life - which I got - but not the amount of self-doubt, soul-searching and downright personal feeling that the book is filled with. I can't remember reading an autobiography with such honesty before - honesty that doesn't always paint Richard in the kindest of lights. And that's where you'll be surprised, possibly shocked. If you're expecting a showbiz biog about how great and blessed a life the subject has enjoyed - look elsewhere. But if you want to know what life is like for a single man approaching what he's always been told is the age he should have everything sorted by - you'll keep turning the pages as much as I did. My only disappointment was that I would have liked to have learned more about the ins and outs of Richard's career (the only glimpse we really get is of a fight in the office with Stewart Lee!) but I guess we'll get that when he's approaching 60! Great stuff!
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Never meet/read about your heros 15 Oct. 2010
Richard Herring has co written some of the best comedy of the last 20 years but somehow misses completely with this book. I was left feeling a bit sad after reading it, i felt that this man was a bit of a git. Never ever meet your heros or in this case read about them. Most of the book is filled up with references to his sexual conquests all of which seem to make him whine a lot. To conceal the fact he is a fanny rat he sprinkles a bit of self loathing over each ancedote but still gives you the impression hes a ladies man on the sly. If fans are mentioned in the book then they are only done so based on how attractive they are to him. Most males in the book are seen as annoying competition and just in the way of any potential shag. I felt most sad when he was refering to fans who try and chat with him about his work, he seems to hold them with contempt unless of course they are pretty girls who are willing to nosh him off. The most annoying thing about this book is i still like his work he is a genuinely funny person though in real life is probably an arsehole. I suppose after 20 years in show biz you get a bit up yourself i just feel that its a shame he had to tell us about it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment 19 July 2011
This was trying to tap into The Yes Man territory but despite the odd funny moment, it just didn't work and sometimes left a bad taste in the mouth. Disappointing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars unexpected 16 July 2011
I do like some of Richard Herrings comedy and quite liked him on various panel shows, so was curious how this book might be. It was ok but not really what I expected. It showcases 30 days, describing Richards life before turning 40.
I had no idea that he lived this quite excessive life, enjoying drinks and making out with very young woman who were mostly fans of his.
A lot of the time the book is actually rather sad and thoughtful and not particularly funny at all.
The most amusing moments happen when Richard talks about his parents, his naive, sweet talking mum and his sarcastic dad ( "are you famous yet?).
Richard had clearly a privileged upbringing and describes his failure to get to the very top of comedy fame, which he admits, is clearly down to his debaucherous life style.
There is a lot of self pitty which I find hard to relate to.
Therefore I find the book mediocre but not hugely entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only read one book this year... 21 Dec. 2013
If you only read one book this year, then you're a moron and I don't want anything to do with you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit too much pathos 7 July 2014
By larry
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Generally good and well written and, frankly, the fault in not really enjoying this hugely is down to me and my expectations of it. I really like Richard Herring but, being 29 and 353 days, engaged with a child I didn't really empathise too much with this Richard Keith character and found him slight whiney and introspective and not what I had hoped (again, the fault is with me rather than him). However, it was his memoir about a tough year and he was more honest and open that you would normally get in these things. It didn't help that I knew much of this having seen all his stand up shows and know he married the love of his life.

I would recommend this more to someone at a crossroads in their life as opposed to a Richard Herring fan as I think it's great in the first sense but disappointing in the latter.

Really, I wanted more dick jokes
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cut out the self-flagellation! 23 April 2010
By Danny
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I like Richard Herring. His DVD "Someone likes yoghurt" is one of the funniest stand-up routines I have ever seen. The clips on youtube, and the podcasts of his "As It Occurs To Me" sessions are also hilarious. So why didn't I like this book much?

Well, he spends far too much time beating himself in it and apologising. I phrased that slightly differently in my first review but it never made it past the Amazon censor machine. Suffice it to say that there are funny anecdotes here, but too much waffle about what a horrible human being he must be. If this book was half the size, had all the apologies removed and replaced with a big "I'm Sorry!" on one page, it would be a five star read. As it stands, the apologetic tone gets irritating very quickly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars As it occurs to me
I admit to being a big fan of Richard Herring: his comedy, his podcasts and his book. It’s interesting to read about the man behind the comedy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MM
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it !
Awesome book for anyone approaching 40 .... or anyone who's not aswell. Therefore pretty much an awesome book really. Read.
Published 2 months ago by C.Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable. Very, very funny.
Richard Herring is an excellent writer, immensely silly while still extremely clever. This is a most enjoyable comic memoir which I'd heartily recommend.
Published 3 months ago by Alan Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was pretty good, enjoyable if you like Richard Herring. Terrible cover!
Published 6 months ago by Kathleen Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book very honest
Published 7 months ago by k mccshuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Eventually Sweet, But A Teeny Bit Sleazy And Lost First...
This is ideal for anyone approaching their fortieth birthday with less than enthusiasm and also for those who have experienced this supposedly milestone birthday and now smugly... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sarah Tipper
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, insightful and just plain daft in equal measure
Richard Herring quite clearly has funny bones. This is a witty book, interspersed with some truly touching moments. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Robert A. Young
4.0 out of 5 stars How not to grow up
Warning: This is not a self-help book!

What starts out as quite a sordid tale of the year Richard Herring turns forty becomes a very sweet tale by the end. Read more
Published 21 months ago by anon
5.0 out of 5 stars Funnier than being trapped in a lift with Billy Connolly
But probably not as funny as being trapped in a lift with Brian Conley. Maybe.
Richard Herring wrote a book, I didn't fall asleep reading it, and while I'm not ACTUALLY... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Denise
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but it peters out...
How Not to Grow Up is a very enjoyable book - for the first two thirds anyway - but the final few chapters are much less compelling; once Herring actually does start to 'grow up'... Read more
Published on 19 July 2011 by houndtang
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