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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007460902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007460908
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (527 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jon Richardson is a stand up comedian from Lancaster. His first solo Edinburgh show about his obsessive compulsive personality disorder was nominated for the Best Newcomer award at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival. His 2009 show about his resulting perfectionism was nominated in the Best Show category. 2011 has seen him join the 8 out of 10 cats team along with host Jimmy Carr and Sean Lock.

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‘Richardson is an OCD-afflicted, grumpy young man who can spin a brilliant routine and could well be the best comic of his generation.’ The Herald

‘Boldly funny and expertly written, it’s a look at dark subjects deftly handled by an engaging comic talent.’ Shortlist

‘Written in his unique style, Jon's quest is a hilarious eye-opener into the mind of a neat freak.’ The Sun

‘I loved Jon’s book. It’s even better than the real thing because you can’t hear his voice.’ Michael McIntyre

‘Jon’s book is just like him. Funny, enjoyable and short.’ Alan Carr

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‘I loved Jon’s book. It’s even better than the real thing because you can’t hear his voice.’ Michael McIntyre

‘Jon’s book is just like him. Funny enjoyable and short.’ Alan Carr --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
Do not buy this book if you're just looking for laughs from cover to cover. This book is far more than that.

There are some brilliant 'laugh out loud' moments in this book, don't read it in public if you're easily embarrassed! However, this book is not just a series of funny anecdotes, it's Jon showing a very personal part of himself with great honesty and candour.

I went to see Jon at the Edinburgh Fringe; he did an hour's book reading of this - you truly get inside the real Jon Richardson, not just the comedy ...and that is what this book is all about. I had the privelege of meeting Jon afterwards, and he truly is just as he writes. His writing is naturally him, no flourishes or gloss, just real Jon Richardson.

This book is a must buy, try it, you won't be disappointed (as long as you heed my opening sentence).
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I've read a lot of books by comedians that try to transfer their stage style to paper and struggle. They have enough comedy to last them 10 minutes on a comedy roadshow, but they can't stretch it out for 300 pages.

Meet Jon Richardson, a perfectionist who finds fault in things he sees that are not quite right, and he sees them everywhere.

He tries to explain why he's been single for eight years, against the backdrop of trying to woo, or not, someone he's taken a fancy to.

It's well thought out, and very enjoyable to read. Those familiar with his dry wit from "8 out of 10 cats" will feel the frustration in his tone as he battles with the "quiet" carriage, but will also cringe at his obsession with seeing, or missing, a mileometer milestone.

It's a real surprise that such an unassuming character, and a relative newcomer to the comedy panel circuit, could produce such a fine book.
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Obsessed as I am by the private thoughts of comedians these days I thought I'd read this offering from stand-up comic Jon Richardson, somebody I've spotted on various panel shows where he's mentioned his OCDish tendencies and how they affect his life - doing the washing up prior to eating? Huh? Anyway this book takes us on a journey of the travelling comedians' life as he drives to a gig, stays in a B&B eats at various places and generally obsesses about a waitress whom he met in his local carvery and whether the first tentative steps towards gaining a partner could succeed. It's full of self-deprecating humour throughout and in many ways is the tale of a slightly depressed individual. I did appreciate the `private Jon/outgoing Jonny' psyche, a thing which most of us, if we're totally honest, could relate to.

At times the prose got a little tedious and I did find myself skipping over certain bits but generally the book was very readable. I especially loved the scene set on the Swindon-London train in which he challenges a fellow boorish commuter with a hugely amusing message. I did find myself feeling very sorry for him at times and hoping that he'd seek professional help as I believe it would be a tall order finding him the perfect woman at the moment.
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I enjoyed Jon's honesty throughout the book but by the end I felt like shaking him. Worth reading with quite a few laugh out loud moments.
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I became attracted to this book through a spell of binge watching 8 out of 10 cats does Countdown a couple of months back and loving it. My back up plan is to become a stand-up comedian if the job of a television show-runner eludes me, so any chance to watch Britain’s best comedians taking turns to say funny stuff makes me happy. Through this binge, it became evident that there was something very human about Jon Richardson’s comedy in that his idiosyncrasies are responsible for a lot of his material. There is something behind the humour that is rooted in Jon as a person and I was interested to discover how he characterised this. I watched a bunch of his stand-up on YouTube and found some hilarious podcasts by him and Russell Howard before stumbling upon this book in Waterstones one afternoon. I dived into it a week ago.

The general message that Jon prefaces before delving into the meat of the book is that it is definitely not an autobiography that copiously recites the milestones of his life. It is in fact a much more magnified and specific documentation of his compulsive behaviour and how it prevents him from finding a partner; thus allowing hilarity to ensue, which it does. This book was written when Jon was in his late 20s (although he is now in his early 30s) and at this time in his life, he had gone eight years without sex or any kind of relationship and with that, had come a comfort and security in his own company. He keeps things tidy and properly placed in his flat in Swindon and is quite content without the company of a woman, or so he has persuaded himself.

What follows is the citation of four of five days wherein Jon juggles meetings, bed and breakfasts and a potential date with a girl named Gemma.
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I've been dying to read this book since I first saw it published as I've been a fan of Jon Richardson since accidentally discovering BBC radio 6 podcasts many years ago. I made the mistake of telling my mum though who decided she would buy it for me for Christmas so I had a somewhat self-imposed ban on reading it until excitedly unwrapping it & then throwing myself into it the moment I had the chance on Boxing Day. It was worth the wait!

I don't want to spoil any of the witty anecdotes for anyone wanting to buy this book but rest assured they are many and they are entirely entertaining but what was a really lovely surprise is that it is also very touching and honest as well. I agree with other reviewers that you will love it all the more if you see yourself in the tweaks and habits being written about (I too love multiples of 5 and have developed very logical methods to do the most simple tasks much to the dismay of my family and partner!) but even without this, the stories will make you see every day life in a whole new light and I challenge anyone not to admit to at least one of the thoughts he describes in the book!

My only worry is that, as it turns out, I am rather identical with my habits and mild disdain for humanity and am now concerned that my lovely and accepting (substitute that for 'long-suffering' if I'm being very honest) boyfriend will run away/get massacred with a frying pan for not loading the dishwasher the way I like. I asked him this having read him some excerpts from the book and he agreed that it did indicate how challenging life with someone like me was - who knows if that's a good thing or not!

In summery, buy this book and enjoy it because it is like you/like someone you know/nothing like you at all, and sod the consequences!
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