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- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 23 Jun. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0057XQVWQ
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It's Not Me, It's You: Impossible perfectionist, 27, seeks very very very tidy woman Audio Download – Abridged
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Top Customer Reviews
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).
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love John Richardson, Thank you too him for letting us into his personality. I am sure he gives validation to the perfectionists we need in a balanced world. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Dave
I was really looking forward to reading this book after seeing the documentary on Channel 4 that Richardson made about OCD, and seeing a few of his stand-up routines on TV. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Dons fan
I'm a big fan of John's stand up. Although this falls some short of that it's still a good read.Published 10 days ago by alan rolfe
Very honest often hilarious and occasionally worrying account by Jon. Tho roughly enjoyed it start to finish. I do think he needs to see a mental health expert though.Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Recommend this book to anyone who thinks too much about unimportant every day occurrences, he makes me feel normal! Genius!Published 1 month ago by Jodie Jones
I like him on telly, but boy is he a cynical writer. A bit too negative for me. I stopped reading a third the way thoughPublished 1 month ago by pete the feet
If you've ever enjoyed any of Jon's appearances on TV, or have been lucky enough to see him in stand-up, I'd highly recommend this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David K