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Karlology [Paperback]

Karl Pilkington
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1 May 2009
This is a voyage through the strange yet mesmerising mind of cult author Karl Pilkington, now in paperback. By his own admission Karl Pilkington left formal education behind with only an E in History to his name and not much else. Ever since, his thirst for knowledge has nagged. With this in mind, Karl has embarked on a tour of discovery to make up for the lost years of learning, and to find out more stuff. "Karlology" is the result.So what exactly has Karl Pilkington learned so far? This is a man, it should be noted, who thinks owning 1,777 acres of the moon is a good idea, and believes that the human testicles should be relocated to the earlobes. Maybe he's right. Perhaps his unique brand of wisdom and insight is what the world has been waiting for? Judge for yourself: observe, enjoy, and become a Karlologist. Illuminated by Karl Pilkington's own cartoons with extra wisdom from Ricky Gervais, Russell Brand, David Baddiel, Noel Fielding and others.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; 1st. Edition edition (1 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140533746X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405337465
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karl Pilkington's accidental path to fame began in 1989 when a trip to a Manchester hospital inspired him to become a hospital radio DJ. After filling news bulletins with strange-but-true stories and using the transmitter to broadcast pirate radio, Pilkington was sacked and moved to Manchester's Piccadilly Radio, where he hosted a late-night show filled with impenetrably cryptic puzzles. He then moved to Xfm in London, where he was producer and later a star of Xfm's Ricky Gervais Show, forerunner of the podcasts. Pilkington says that his favourite job to date was his paper round.

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"This book is hilarious' Zoo Magazine on Happyslapped by a Jellyfish 'The funniest man on the planet' Spectator on Happyslapped by a Jellyfish'

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As a hospital radio DJ, Karl filled news bulletins with strange-but-true stories and used the transmitter to broadcast pirate radio, so was sacked and moved to Manchester's Piccadilly Radio, where he hosted a late-night show filled with impenetrably cryptic puzzles. He then moved to Xfm in London, where he was producer and later a star of Xfm's Ricky Gervais Show, forerunner of the legendary world-record-breaking podcasts.

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the 3rd Book from the mind of Karl Pilkington and in my opinion the best yet.

For those who aren't familiar with the antics Mr Pilkington, he is one of Ricky Gervais friends who he likes to describe as a village idiot of sorts. The fame started on the radio station XFM when Ricky had his own time slot , in which he featured among other things the ramblings, theories and insights of Karl who was the producer of the show at the time.
More recent mainstream fame was continued on Ricky Gervais Podcast Show , which the insanity continued.

Now Mr Pilkington writes books and I must say there's nothing better to do at the end of the day , than to read his random musings before drifting off at bedtime.

This book focuses on Karl expanding his knowledge of the world.
Laugh and be amused as the bald little Manc continues in broadening his mind and enriching his soul.
Infact I find this book somewhat inspiring since I stopped education long ago and he's writing about his latest endeavors in picking it back up and learning new stuff where he can. Maybe Mr Pilkington has inspired me to take up writing too.

You will enjoy the simple , but thought provoking view points he expresses.
A lot of what his says make sense and a lot of he says will make you smile, because it's all written in good, honest,humble, simple straight forward humanity. ( I like his writing style, as he just writes how he speak it in real life, which makes the books that much more fun to read )
Also he goes off on many funny and random tangents as his mind wanders and many of them will provoke the biggest laughs from you.

chapters include visits to the Natural History Museum, London Aquarium, a day at the Library and many more !
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read. 20 Oct 2010
By Tom_D
Format:Paperback
I'm new to the world of Karl Pilkington. I was flicking TV channels one night and noticed 'An Idiot Abroad' was on. I watched it and ever since then I've been watching, reading and listening to him. He's one of the funniest thinkers I've ever seen and his humor style is a welcome change.

Karlology is an hilarious read, recommended to all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 8 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
Very funny book, I bought it for my boyfriend for Christmas, but when it arrived I had a little flick through and it had me laughing out loud, I just HAD to give him it!
He loves the book, he barely puts it down, and often reads out quotes that put me in fits of giggles.

Karl Pilkington is a genius!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Karl must be a God 28 Nov 2008
Format:Hardcover
One of the funniest books I have read in a long time.
Simple humor... You can sometines see whats coming but still make you laugh.
Karls outlook on life and views are so simple, it makes you wonder if he is actually correct in what he says... scary!
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book So Far 15 Oct 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've only just started this book and already it promises to be the best book so far. Just a little excerpt I think should be known:

"I have a theory that the brain might have come from another planet where brains ruled. A planet where there was no atmosphere and the brains just floated around thinking about stuff all day. They quickly became advanced because of the amount of thinking being done. Then, somehow, they came to planet Earth but found they were useless because they couldn't move about by floating any more. So one of the brainier ones got into a monkey's head ... and the rest is history. Like I say, it's just a theory."

I dare anyone to attempt to understand the psychology behind that!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A unique voice 26 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Karl's voice echoes from the pages - you can imagine the trademark, simian half-grimace as the words trip slowly from his lips. There are some genuine guffaws as he rambles across a wide variety of subjects in the wonderful parallel universe of Karl-world. Well worth a try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hillarious 25 July 2010
By Hannah
Format:Hardcover
Really really funny book. Includes great illustrations and amusing facts throughout. If you like 'Karl's Diary' readings from the Ricky Gervais Show - You will love this book. Karl mentions everyday things but turns them into a whole new perspective, probably without even meaning to. Great buy.
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i am a huge fan of karl and have seen all his tv programmes and podcasts and was looking for untapped material. i knew he had written books but had no idea how cheap they were! i chose this because it had just about the highest ratings, and i was unsure if the idiot abroad/ moaning of life books overlapped stuff he says in the show (probably not tbf). the book itself is a bit like "the simpsons" in the sense that it can be a bit flat for a page or 2 but but then every now and then laughing incredibly hard. this book is at its funniest when he talks about his past, school, family and people who grew up on his estate; he needs a book dedicated purely to these things as these are the factors of why karl is like he is. the funny thing with this book is you read but in his voice in your head!
value for money = 5 star
quality= 4 star
i think the reason i may be being harsh on the book is im not much of a reader, but for portability it has still been worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality!
Great laughs.
Published 8 days ago by Aaron cork
5.0 out of 5 stars good
good
Published 10 days ago by miss ma jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny book, laugh out loud kind
Couldn't put it down and read in one session. Fantastic a good book to read on the plane, couldn't stop chuckling to myself
Published 10 days ago by Daniela
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Definitely worth buying if you're a Pilkie fan!
Published 13 days ago by RichYPE
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good reals and funny
Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical karl
So funny but a bit too short. Wish it lasted forever. Has me giggling from start to finish. Going to read another of his books asap.
Published 2 months ago by christie law
5.0 out of 5 stars brill
bought this for my partner while he was in afghan and he loved it. when he got home, i then read it and thoroughly enjoyed it. the delivery was fast and fab.
Published 3 months ago by rachel
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical Karl book
I have read his Idiot Abroad series and thought this would be more Karl-moaning but it's not. Just as enjoyable, this takes an intelligent take on a trip to London. Read more
Published 3 months ago by pepsimax40
5.0 out of 5 stars needs no introduction
if you love the orange headed man then you'll know what to expect
read all his books (over and over again) and still laugh
Published 3 months ago by Book Worm
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious selfie of middle aged man
Don’t under estimate this little book as it is packed with witty anecdotes and even some useful hard facts. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Timothy W. Dumble
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