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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: 1.9 x 14 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,864 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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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 By Low-Quality on 6 Feb 2009
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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 By Tom_D on 20 Oct 2010
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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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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sid Roberts on 15 Oct 2008
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daley Dee on 8 Nov 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Aug 2009
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This is Karl's third book! He's written as many books as he's read! Well, he's done it again. Another corking book filled with the drivel we've all come to love to read on the can.

Some of the genius is missing as Ricky and Steves' voices are absent and when the three are together the drivel reaches bold new heights of idiocy. But Karl's lone voice speaking his theories uninterrupted without Ricky's voice saying "Karl, Karl, Karl - where did you get this from? What do you mean the monkey drove to Spain?!" make for a much stranger but still brilliant read.

In this book Karl goes for a MENSA test, goes to an exhibition of the human body featuring real life (dead) human bodies, and we get the confrontation we've all been waiting for - Karl meets his brain! And of course, there's also some monkey news thrown in.

If you've been following Karl through all the media over the years (XFM, podcasts, audiobooks, the occasional documentary) some of the stuff in here are things he's already mentioned however here he's allowed to elaborate on his thoughts and also poses some new ones too. His drawings are always charming and the design of this book is really top notch. Suzanne even throws in a touching afterword. "He makes me laugh every day" she says. Long live Karl!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Guiver on 28 Nov 2008
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dash Riprock on 26 Jan 2011
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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 By Hannah on 25 July 2010
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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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