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Ideas Man [Paperback]

Sheridan Simove , Shed Simove
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Book Description

30 Jan 2009

Learn secrets for success and how to unlock your creativity with a book that contains tips on how to achieve anything you desire, and charts the extraordinary and hilarious real-life adventures of Britain's most inspirational IDEAS MAN.

Sheridan 'Shed' Simove is a modern day creative genius. He lives and breathes ideas. Every day of his life dozens of new ideas spring from his astonishingly active mind. The ideas can relate to pretty much anything - TV shows, ranges of sweets, executive toys, greeting cards, money-making schemes - the list is endless. And if an idea hasn't been done before, then Shed is sure to attempt it...

IDEAS MAN is the true story of this visionary maverick's amazing adventures. At breakneck speed, Shed describes how dozens of his ideas came to be, how they succeed or sometimes disastrously fail. Some of Shed's ideas include: a range of adult sweets called 'Clitoris Allsorts', a groundbreaking documentary that involved him going undercover as a 16-year-old schoolboy (when he was 30) and the launch of his own currency - the 'EGO'.

IDEAS MAN is a unique book written by a completely extraordinary character. A hilarious and inspirational real-life tale of eccentricity and enthusiasm, it's perfect for anyone who's ever had a dream and wondered how to make it come true. Shed is living proof that you really can make it happen...

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (30 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552155500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552155502
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sheridan 'Shed' Simove is a performer, author and serial entrepreneur. As well as a successful career in television production, Shed has forged a highly innovative merchandising empire - creating novelty gifts, executive toys, best-selling adult sweets, books, greetings cards, and even his own currency. He's sold over a million novelty gifts worldwide and has also won 'Gift Of The Year' twice for two of his creations - a range of birthday candles that spelt "You're Old" and the hugely popular 'Sound Machine'. His book, 'What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex' reached number 44 on the Amazon chart, despite being totally blank inside. To see Shed's creations and find out his latest news, visit

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The extraordinary true story of the world's most enthusiastic inventor

From the Author

Hello, Shed here. I'll send a thank you present to the first
thirty people who write a review of Ideas Man. I'll post each reviewer one of my limited edition One Ego banknotes (often traded on eBay) and once you've posted your review send me an email through my IDEAS MAN uk site,
making sure you include your address. Thanks for your interest and have a great day, Shed.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange stories peppered with helpful hints 23 Feb 2009
This book is good value for money. Not only do you get a thoroughly readable and fascinating autobiography of a rather unusual individual, but also practical tips on how to capture ideas and turn them into adventures, as Shed himself has done. Taking a trip into Shed's bizarre world, you will discover what it takes to break into the world of television, the novelty (often naughty!) product business, authorship, art...

The secret is simple - take Shed's recipe for idea generation, find the right people to help and add a dash of eccentricity, a heapful of bravery and a ton of perseverance. It's not for everyone, but which of us wants to be "everyone"? This book itself is one of Shed's idea experiments, so you may well end up playing a part in his strange and wonderful story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You gotta admire his tenacity 10 Aug 2008
I had the advantage of meeting Shed and watching his presentation at Borders in Kingston yesterday. He signed my copy of his book (with a stamp) and I took it home to read. I just finished it.
I found the book well written, inspirational and in general an adventure into the world of ideas creation and the entrepreneurial spirit. Some readers may mistake and ego for what I think is passion and doggedness to succeed and and undying belief in his own dreams.
One of the reasons I choose to live in England is that just occasionally you stumble on an eccentric like Shed and with this book I was able to jump along for the ride, if just for a while.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Persistence pays 7 July 2008
It is interesting, and it is inspiring too.
Relax, open your mind, and read it for what it is, not for what you expected it to be, reviewers.
Shed is telling you how he did things, not necessarily how you should; but I find that there are a lot of good tips in there.
That's it.
Thanks Shed, a good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual inspiration 23 Jun 2008
I loved this book.

Shed differs from most people in that he not only has a lot of ideas, he actually does something about them.

To be honest, some of his madcap ideas would have been better left on the drawing board, but it's still fascinating to read how he beavered away for months to bring products like Clitoris Allsorts and the Pubic's Cube to life.

This is a must read for entrepreneurs who will be inspired by Shed's roller coaster journey, but it will also resonate with anyone who has ever had a crazy idea and wondered what might happen if they actually got off the sofa and did something about it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes You Get Up Off Your Backside 19 Jun 2008
I love this book. The other reviewers who have moaned about the simplicity of some of the ideas are totally missing the point. The author isn't claiming to be a contender for the next Nobel prize. Instead he is celebrating the kind of ideas all of us - every one of us - can and do have every day.
The difference between him and the rest of us is he doesn't just dream about it, he makes it happen. That's why this is a true inspiration. If this doesn't make you think "I could do that" then nothing will. Buy this book and turn those dreams into reality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheds the Man 21 Aug 2009
Having seen Sheds Advert on The Camvista Webcam @ Belushi's Bar in Edinburgh, directing me to search Google for Shed Simove, I did and was very interested in purchasing the Book after reading and watching some of the stunts Shed has done online on this site, 100 pages in and Im enjoying this book, and i did managed to meet the STAR at his show at the Edinburgh Festival and he signed and VIP stamped my book, very nice guy ;-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true tale of sheer ruddy persistence 7 Aug 2009
A true tale of sheer ruddy persistence.
Sheridan Simove wittily unfolds a number of his creative endeavors, detailing the rock bottom lows, knock backs, and often successes of bringing to life his eureka moments.
With a stand out chapter detailing his endeavors as a thirty something masquerading as a midlands schoolboy, baggy trousers and all, the book is an inspirational read, guaranteed to leave you feeling creative.

Simove undoubtedly proves "action is the foundational key to all success".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine book about an individual 16 Jun 2009
Really liked this book. From my perspective the difference between this book and many others is that you get a sense of what one individual needs to go through to get an idea off the ground which is often over-looked in business books who tend to focus to much on the back office process and ignore the actually "doing" aspect.

Examples of this is the way he has had difficulties in obtaining patents and the steps he went through to achieve this and source foreign suppliers in areas of business he had little/no prior experience.

All in all I really liked it as it is very open, and it gives an honest account of how time consuming and difficult pursuing your own ideas can be, but also how this ultimately makes it more rewarding if you achieve them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sheds teaches you that perseverance is the key, he didn't give up, and...
Sheds gives an honest account of his experiences in bringing fun ideas to life, which ultimately makes what should be work fun. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Neil Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Think, Develop, Create: it's all about ideas and making them happen.
This book is a gem: a mix between autobiography, anecdotes, suggestions, tips, humor, motivation and, of course, Ideas. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Undecumani
5.0 out of 5 stars Story of a most interesting life.
A completely engaging read. This book will appeal to anybody who's dreamed of turning an idea into reality. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Theo Hughes Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for people who are serious about getting Success and wanting...
I found it very difficult to get to the end of this book as each chapter just kept on inspiring me to want to get up and do something truly amazing! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jake Q
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fascinating story...
Ideas Man is a book that everyone should read if they class themselves as "creative", as possessing creativity isn't always enough - to be successful you have to implement that... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ben Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminds the reader that there is a world of possibility out there
Let's get one thing clear from the start. If people are rating this book based on the author's inventions, they're missing the point. Read more
Published 8 months ago by jakeone
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep the ideas rolling
Saw Shed do a talk at the NEC. Great to know that this country is still producing people and ideas that don't conform to the norm. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Gadgets Uk Internet Ltd
4.0 out of 5 stars Follow the Formula and get the same Results.
Take a second to look around you..
What you see is a manifestation of someone's idea.
From the chair you are sitting on, to the computer you are reading this review... Read more
Published 17 months ago by You Are What You Think
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I emailed Shed because I was so impressed with his book. This is some of what I said:

"I confess, at first I thought you were going to irritate me all the way through... Read more
Published 18 months ago by C. Dow
2.0 out of 5 stars Honest but blind of repercussions
Whilst Sheridan is able to account his ventures in a narrative, interesting way he fails to acknowledge the consequences of his actions. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lizzie Macdonald
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