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Man Skills [Hardcover]

Nick Harper
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19 Oct 2006
Like many modern men, Nick Harper was useless when it came to knowing how to 'do' manly stuff. Yes, he could do all the modern nonsense like sending an email, downloading music and setting the video so it came on at the right time, but when it came to life's proper skills - the ones all good dads seem to know off by heart - he was left scratching his head. He couldn't wire a plug or bleed a radiator. He couldn't navigate by the stars or catch a fish with just a piece of string. And he couldn't rip a phone book in half using just his bare hands. But rather than feel sorry for himself, he decided to do something about it. Several months and a number of cuts and bruises later, the result is "Man Skills", a book which does exactly what it says on the cover. Read it and you'll learn how to shake hands like a man...carve a Sunday roast...tie a bow tie...change a baby's nappy...toss a caber...undo a bra with only one a phone book in half...gut a fish...fix a dripping properly...and make a million pounds in five working days or your money back. They're all covered (apart from that last one), plus many, many more. The result is an amusing and essential guide to being just a bit less crap. You can't afford not to, quite frankly.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd; 1st Edition edition (19 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843172305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843172307
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 13 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Indispensable, we say...' -- Sport, 27 Oct, 2006

'Where has this book been all our lives?'
5 stars -- Zoo, November, 2006

'a hugely entertaining guide to modern manhood.' -- Men's Health, November, 2006

Ladies, this could be the best money you ever spend. -- Scottish Daily Record, 25 Nov 06

About the Author

Nick Harper is a tall journalist with a light beard who writes stuff for a living. In recent times he has written for Men's Health, The Guardian, FHM, FourFourTwo and Sport. He is married, to his wife, and lives in London, in a house.

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If you don't learn any other skill in the book, make sure you master this one; the most basic requirement of any man. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 Dec 2006
I bought this book for my boyfriend but have ended up reading it myself. It is beautifully written and it works (I can now whistle through my fingers!) I'm keeping this copy for myself and have bought him another, I look forward to him practising how to undo a bra with one hand!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 25 Oct 2006
There are a few of these books around at the moment and I didn't know which one to choose, but I went for this one, mainly because I recognised the author from The Guardian's Fiver, and I'm glad I did. This is a ridiculously useful book, full of things every man should know how to do - and very, very funny with it. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 19 Oct 2006
This man is a genius. This is one of the funniest, most original books I have ever read. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Forget Ben Elton, forget Stephen Fry - there is a new wit on the block.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Skills! 27 Oct 2006
I bought this on impulse - and was glad I did: the title says it all. It has pride of place in our bathroom and is mandatory reading for those sit down jobs... Really actually quite useful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars used 29 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Was supposed to be a joke gift and the book itself is fine but it was obviously used as it was dedicated to "Colin on his 60th birthday"... happy birthday Colin!
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