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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Abridged edition edition (2 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405501871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405501873
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1.2 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,323,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Lowe and Alan McArthur are the authors of IS IT JUST ME OR IS EVERYTHING SHIT? Volumes 1 and 2 and BLIGHTY. Steve Lowe lives in Brighton and Alan McArthur lives in London.

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There are perky self-help books and then theirs is IS IT JUST ME OR IS EVERYTHING SHIT?, an A-Z rant about the naffness of modern life that's so relentlessly bitter it's actually rather uplifting. Dissing everything from Keane ("Tom Chaplin's face has no edges") to cardboard-tasting paninis to the overuse of Manolo Blahniks as a metaphor it's, dare we say it, more piercing than a Manolo heel (MARIE CLAIRE)

Bilious old-codgering taken to the highest possible level as authors vent anger over the crassness and mediocrity of modern life cf. "juice drinks", Otis Ferry, Kabbalah, foot spas, Sam Taylor-Wood and pubs playing "mellow dance grooves". Excellent entry (TIME OUT)

A life-affirming guide to the modern world (ESQUIRE)

One of the many things that irritates these guys is rave reviews: so I'll just say it's very funny and recommend you to buy it. Unless of course you're a big fan of the Daily Mail (Stewart Prebble, author of Grumpy Old Men)

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* An irreverent and hilarious reference guide to all the people, ideas and institutions that pollute our lives. Because you don't have to be old to be grumpy.
* Read by the stars of Channel 4's GREEN WING


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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By S. R. M. Penney on 23 Mar. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Please forgive the "Grumpy Old Men" reference but when I was given this book for Christmas I was expecting the usual tirade against the trivial problems of life; traffic wardens, modern music, political correctness etc. All very entertaining but all a bit early '00s. What a pleasant surprise to discover that IIJMOIES goes a little deeper. Wearing their leftiness on their sleeves the book has a real go at such things as The Daily Mail, politicians (New Labour and Tory) and ineffective trade union leaders. You might think that this all sound a bit worthy and, well, unfunny but you would be wrong.

The book, whilst making some serious points, still manages to be very funny. And it's very rude in places which won't be to everyone's taste but I found the swearing both big and clever. It also cleverly turns on its head traditional targets for ridicule; for example motorists who consider themselves an oppressed minority. The book's targets are not all serious by any means. Other subjects to be attacked include TV ads, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chue Guevera merchandise. In fact one of the joys of this book is discovering that you are not, after all, the only person in the world to get worked up about, say, the phrase "hard-working families". Which is quite a comfort.

I didn't agree with all the views expressed in the book - for instance I am a big fan of Keane and am not afraid to admit it! - but the authors write with such humour and conviction it's hard to be offended.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Mark VINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
The title of this book chimed quite well with my outlook, so I was delighted to receive it as a gift.

After reading it for a while I commented to a colleague that it read like extracts from a "lad's mag" and he told me that there was the origin of the idea and background of the authors.

I will say that a few times I was laughing out loud alone when I read some of the entries, some are truly hillarious, but, sadly, too many rely on a string of expletives (well used they can be humourous, but just repeating one 10 times just shows you were hung over the day you wrote that entry) to poke fun, rather than actually being insightful satire.

I notice there's now a Vol 2 - I won't be rushing out to buy it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. G. King on 8 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
OK, so it's not going to be a prize winning book or something that everyone loves, but it is excellent for a quick 30 minute read when you fancy being cheared up. It's not amzingly funny, but some of the rants do raise a chuckle fairly often, and sometimes I find myself laughing out loud to it.

Some of the views are very similar to Jeremy Clarkson's, who I have always found very entertaining.

Overall, it's a great book if you just want something light hearted. I know i'll be buying it for a few people's birthdays over the coming months.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DOPPLEGANGER TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Nov. 2010
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From a relatively young age most men (and a few women if there is money on offer from television programme makers and publishers) are prone at 'a drop of a hat' to engage in cynical and mainly derogatory verbal outpourings on just about any topic or product known to mankind. It is known as 'ranting', the motivation for which is succinctly summarised by Samuel Johnson "Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense." (The Idler 1759)

'Ranting' is the yellow-brick-road to that illusory castle, rife with self-grandiosity and pomposity. I certainly suffer from the rant syndrome but am bought down to earth by my wife saying "Shut up you miserable Old Git, nobody is interested in your bigoted diatribe!"

Even as a self-proclaimed ranter I could not get hooked into this book which is just a production line of multiple moans and lost all interest after no more than a dozen or so pages. Just one moan after another becomes tedious and makes one wonder why the authors want to live on this planet. Pity their wives/partners did not deliver them a reality check as mine does to me.

PS. My nearest and dearest has now suggested that my review (or rant as she insists on calling it) is like 'the pot calling the kettle black' when criticising this book and that I was as 'moany' and 'self-opinionated' as the authors. The fundamental point that she is missing is that I'm not trying to flog my views under the guise of a rant-loaded book in return for a 'greasing of the palms'! My 'rants' come gratis!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pj on 31 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
The title of the book sounded as if it would be funny and it is in two or three places. It reads like a diatribe rather than an amusing twist on things or observational humour.

Just my opinion, but I expected something more obviously funny.
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It is good, particularly liked the silly baby pictures in the local magazine. That's one of my pet hates. Liked the bit about Tracy Emin. Over hyped. As for hotdesks, they are away of saving money too. In one company I worked for, they even used to number them.

Shit things that are shit in 2013 - some of mine:

1) Mainstream media putting about royal headlines, (doesn't matter how trivial) above the main headlines
2) Farmer's Markets - where local farmers are banned because they stock the same stuff as a farmer 20miles away who comes to their market.
3) Surburban people who have shotguns to 'kill rabbits' in their tiny garden
4) How everyone is supposed to have a Twitter account and how it ruins their career.
5) Charity shops managers who wear several gold rings
6) Planning corruption
7) Rip Off Merchant Artists charging say £3000 just for scribbling a few words, and with a rubbish frame
8) Football - how football is always in the main sports news, even though cycling is our Sport now

9) Left Wing Rockstars/Politicians who have massive properties, and many cars
10)Rural Transport - how old people and disabled who can't get tothe village shop as there is no pavement/bus stop/seating
11)Tower blocks destroying the view of St Pauls, and the River Thames
12) Fawning of royals in local newspapers
13) British Journalism - How qualified journalists are reduced to recycling news or writing about trivia
14) Butter - why are there about 30 butters in a supermarket aisle.
15) Porn mags - always been sold at petrol stations and it is always for the man only too.
16) Dogs cannot wag their tail, as they're docked.
17) How contactless cards are 'safe', this will change after a few months of course..
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