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I Lick My Cheese and Other Notes: from the Frontline of Flatsharing [Hardcover]

Oonagh O'Hagan
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

11 Oct 2007
'I needed that ham. Really needed it.' 'I pay the rent. What do you do?' 'I hate you more than life itself.' Flatsharing - it's not for the fainthearted. It doesn't matter how friendly and considerate everyone is to begin with, something always goes wrong. Food gets stolen. Loos get blocked. Sleep gets broken. Unmentionable things happen in the living room. At times like this there's only one thing a flatmate can do: write a note. Acclaimed designer Oonagh O'Hagan has collected together over 120 notes in one hilarious and endlessly entertaining package. Ranging from the sweet to the dirty to the downright furious, they will strike a chord with anyone who has ever shared their home with another person. Especially if they stole your ham.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (11 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847441289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847441287
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I Lick My Cheese is a collection of nasty notes and petty Post-its that will strike a chord with anyone who's ever shared a flat with a borderline OCD sufferer, or found an unidentified pube in their toothbrush and been moved to action.' ESQUIRE 'I Lick My Cheese is hilarious, revealing some of the odd truths about co-habiting' ELLE 'hilarious and disturbing' The SUN 'Bitter accusations about cornflakes, tooth-grinding, resentment over borrowed clothes, feuds over gas bills, savage observations about personal hygiene - all flat-sharing life is here in this collection of eloquent scribbled messages' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

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A hilarious guide to flatmates, in all their weirdness, told through the notes they leave for each other - the good, the bad and the highly antisocial --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh the memories this brought back ... 24 Nov 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What a brilliant little coffee table/loo book. It brought back all the frustrations over other people's domestic (or non-domestic) habits from my student days. The sheer indignation when, arriving home at stupid o'clock in the morning full of alcohol-induced self-righteousness, I found that a flatmate had nicked the last of my bread. Hell had no fury like a woman de-breaded. The passage of time has allowed me to see the funny side of these scenarios and to marvel at how entrenched in petty squabbles I could get.

This book does what it says on the tin. It presents a vast collection of notes (I can't believe that they're real, but they're certainly plausible) along with a little background and commentary. It's a laugh a minute and a great stocking filler this year for anyone who's ever lived with someone other than their parents.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest book i've read in a really long time! 7 Nov 2007
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book on a whim this afternoon and i have been chuckling ever since. I even laughed out loud in the coffee shop several times! This is a fantastic book that really bought back memories from my student days and the joys of the angry notes left to housemates for 'unforgiveable' actions!

It is organised into rooms (where the notes are left), each with an introduction. There are then copies of the notes and then (very humourous)comments on each by the author.

I throughly recommend this book to anyone who has flat shared - it would make a great gift too!

Fantastic!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Student life 28 Dec 2007
Format:Hardcover
This was broughtas a small present for my student daughter and was the only thing she read immediately and completly. Most of her friends have been phoned up and had extracts read to them. Certainly one for students and other flat sharers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking 26 Dec 2007
Format:Hardcover
I HATE cheese and that is why my hubby thought this would be a good book for me (gee thanks!) Anyway it is hysterical and shows how petty/selfish and dishonest some people can be. It brings back memories of labelling food in Uni halls then finding drunken "mates" scoffing it in the early hours of the morning grrrrrrrrr!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on for those Christmas stockings! 26 Nov 2007
Format:Hardcover
Anyone who has ever shared a flat (particularly if they didn't get on perfectly with their flatmates!) will immediately get this book. A collection of notes that range from the funny to the poignant, this book shows just what living in close confines with virtual strangers can do to people's minds. A great Christmas novelty book for pretty much anyone in the family. Buy it now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Christmas Present 25 Dec 2007
Format:Hardcover
I got this today (Christmas) and I havent stopped laughing since I opened it.
There are some crazy notes in there and is a really entertaining book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit cheesy but still fun 20 May 2009
Format:Paperback
An archetypal 'toilet windowsill book', this amusing little tome is full of 'notes' left for flatmates and is extremely well-observed. You'll squirm when you read some of them, as they'll no doubt bring back best forgotten memories; there are a few duds but most of the notes will make you groan and laugh at the same time. Great Christmas gift - for your old flatmates!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful 9 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Purchased for someone sharing rooms at Uni she found it helpful in dealing with with the every day issues of sharing with others and helped her deal with them and realise that nothing is new
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
Well it simple, this book rocks. nice bit of dry humour to make those bad days go bye bye. Highly Recommend as a gift.
Published 7 months ago by Bruce
4.0 out of 5 stars Good coffee table book
Enjoyed dipping in and out of this book. Some of it is so true. Not missing my flat sharing days!
Published 10 months ago by Lucy Dorman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back many house-sharing memories...
Reading this, I was immediately reminded of my student days and sharing accomodation with various nice (& not-so-nice) housemates. Read more
Published 14 months ago by PeteMat
4.0 out of 5 stars Wet your pant funny
This book is amazing; if you have ever house shared you will look at these entries and think... "I'm sure that is my note"
Published 19 months ago by Travelling Gavel
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for a new student
I purchased this book for my neice who is leaving home next week to go to university. I am sure it will bring her hours of amusement and maybe she'll add a few of her own!!!
Published 19 months ago by Diane x
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant; witty and full of laugh-out-louds!
Luckily I never lived in a flatshare with anyone that had inclination to write such notes but this captured all the annoyances and frustrations that we had with each other... Read more
Published 19 months ago by hula-girl12
5.0 out of 5 stars My flat mate wanted to share cheese
Leave it in the bathroom and it will get your point across, when you have just brought and grated into sealed bags a massive block of cheese. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2012 by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly amusing
This is a great book for a laugh, particularly if you've had any flat-sharing experience yourself. It's not so much a book you'd sit down and read all in one go, but nice to pick... Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2012 by SaraB
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheesey Fun
Ok this is on one level a great hoot for students and young people and holds a mirror up to them of how to deal with people who have different values and standards to their own. Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2011 by Stephen Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant little book
I read this book accidentally when I was visiting my sister in Germany and looking for something to read in English. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2011 by giorginka
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