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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 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 www.ShedSimove.com...

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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 By Mr. S. Whitehead on 23 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Jacobs on 11 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
Honestly the best book I have ever read. In fact, I don't think I'm going to bother reading anything ever again, this book is the pinnacle of human creation and has completed me.

okay, exaggerations aside, here's the truth:

- my copy of the book arrived this morning
- I woke up at twelve and started reading, instantly hooked
- it's now 3am and I've just finished it
- tomorrow I will wake up at twelve and probably read it again

Shed has an intriguing writing style which will draw you into a story to the point where you are completely hypnotized by the ups and downs, this guy has had an incredible life, and it makes for a very interesting read.
The sheer amount of wacky creations within the pages is immense, and the way they are presented is enough to make anybody feel that they could do the same. He goes through his thought processes methodically and gives explanations as to why he thinks/says/does or imagines what he does.
He believes heavily in the power of dreams a person's ability to make them happen if they try hard enough. At some points the book may seem as though it borders on self help, but it's definitely not the main focus and is purely what comes across through Shed's obvious passion for everything he does.

If you want an inspiring, funny, clever, and above all thought provoking read, buy this book!! I for one am eagerly awaiting his next release...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Goldsmith on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Favourite Aunty on 14 Jun. 2009
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There are two kinds of reader for "Ideas Man": the first will be intrigued to know what goes on in the mind of a powerfully ideas-oriented person. This person will be entertained and educated and will marvel at Shed's persistence and ingenuity. The second will identify themselves in Sheridan Simove and will be utterly unable to put the book down for fear of missing a moment of his tales. I read the book in three sittings because frankly, real life has a way of creeping in and interrupting valuable thought processes. If I was lacking inspiration before, it's back, baby! And all thanks to a clever, driven, creative genius known as Shed. I physically felt the lows of his rejection, and caughtt my reflection in the window pane to see my face contorted with delight when he triumphed. This is a book I could have written ... if I'd had the courage to never worry what people would think of my ideas. Shed has now ignited a "little engine that could" (or will). Buy this book to be inspired, entertained and motivated and to cheer on the guy who, if taken seriously, could move mountains!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Y. Martini on 21 Mar. 2009
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Quite simply the best read I have had for ages.

And how uplifting!

If you're finding yourself at one of life's crossroads, then buy this book and find a few hours of quiet time to indulge yourself. You'll feel a whole lot better about everything in life once you're through reading.

Simove oozes the sort of gutsy determination that every business / project / charity / endeavour requires in order to thrive and his book often leaves you wondering "if he can do all these great things, what about me?"

It's a call to action.

Some of what he actually achieves beggars belief. There were times where I had to remind myself that this wasn't a fictional piece, but a true life story.

Ideas seem to constantly tumble out of his head however, unlike the vast majority out there who have great ideas and then do nothing about them, Simove follows through and turns his dreams into reality.

This is an insightful tale of his personal voyage of discovery. Simove learns from his adventures and hopefully I'll learn from mine.

Can't wait to get started!

Brilliant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on 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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