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Never Push When it Says Pull: Small Rules for Little Problems [Paperback]

Guy Browning
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 Mar 2010
Guy Browning's Christmas bestseller is finally available in paperback. Just imagine how much easier life would be if you knew what you were doing. Wouldn't it be great to have clear, precise instructions for all those things you normally mess up? Here, for the first time in a perfectly portable paperback, are the essential rules for handling life's unavoidable little problems - handy, practical tips such as: what to do with your arm when you've failed to hail a taxi; how to share a romantic bath while avoiding the taps; how to give clear directions to a place you've never heard of; and the politest place to look in a full-length mirror. "Never Push When It Says Pull" will help eliminate minor social embarrassment, ease social intercourse, and prevent night sweats.

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184887376X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848873766
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'A brilliant one-off, in which everyday matters... are skewered with deadpan style and deadly accuracy' Caroline Gascoigne, Sunday Times Christmas Books"

About the Author

Guy Browning wrote the 'How to...' and 'Office Politics' columns in the Guardian 'Weekend' magazine until 2009. He is the author of Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade, Never Push When It Says Pull and Maps of My Life. He is also a business consultant specialising in creativity. He lives quietly in Oxfordshire.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect bedside read 5 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Guy Browning is the funniest columnist in the Guardian and this is a collection of his best pieces.
I laughed a lot, but I have really come to like the ingenuity and style of the short columns. Every one is an exercise in verbal pyrotechnics.
'Bitter people aren't glass half full or glass half empty people. To their minds, some malicious bastard has drunk the other half of their glass.'
'Occasionally, a barber will ask you whether you want something for the weekend. By this he doesn't mean a bag of charcoal briquettes.'
I find he always seems to fix on that detail you've always wanted to draw attention to, but never quite managed to put it into words. It's really difficult to get through a novel if you've got a busy job, so reading one or two of these pieces before you go to sleep at night is a real joy.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nose-to-tail laughs 25 Sep 2005
I'd seen the author's previous book at a friends and rudely chuckled for an afternoon when I should have been making conversation so when I saw this I couldn't help but get a copy immediately and I'd advise you to do the same. It's a smart little book and Browning's good-natured dry wit highlights the funny truth of many everyday events. For example he points out that 'Bank robberies happen a lot more than you think. The technical term for them is personal loans.' And he suggests 'Whenever you get the feeling that mankind is at the top of the evolutionary tree and that our civilization is a great and wonderful thing, see if you can change a duvet cover without looking like a complete idiot.' So true.
This book is applicable to all so a great present for absolutely everyone - and how often can you say that? Though as it is written in handy two-page bites and it'll fit snugly into a pocket or little handbag, it should come with a warning that you'll be crying with laughter on the bus. Other than that, I just can't recommend it enough.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly witty 22 Mar 2006
By C. Chambers VINE VOICE
This is one of those books that periodically has you laughing helplessly and is a great de-stresser after a hard day! As so often with the best in comedy, it is the observances of the bizarre in everyday life that gives this its strength. You read it and think "YES - I do that!" or if you don't, you know someone who does!
Each little chapter covers one subject such as "how to queue", "how to parallel park" "how to sunbathe" and each piece is only around 2 pages long, so it is easy to dip into. There is a wealth of wit in these pages. Get yourself a copy and enjoy!
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd like to offer you two pieces of advice... 30 Nov 2005
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
.... the first is DO NOT read this book in any place where laughing could get you into trouble, eg libraries, funerals, or while your maths class are doing an algebra test!!
the second piece of advice is buy this book.
If you enjoyed (like i did) the little excerpt regarding 'lifts' on Amazon you will not be disappointed with the rest of the book. I particularly liked the sections on how to run a bath and how to keep tidy. Seriously funny!!
Are you still reading? It's simple - click the 'buy' button and enjoy a very funny book
nuff said?
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guy Browning is very funny - buy this! 6 Oct 2005
By H Jaine
Guy Browning is one of the few writers in the world guaranteed to make me laugh. Every Saturday I read his How To... column in the Guardian, laughing in an irritating way to myself. Then I usually read it aloud to whoever I can find around the house. Then I often cut the column out and stick it on the fridge. This book is a perfect way to enjoy his wise and hilarious words whenever you feel like it - which I think you often will. A great book to have about the place.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take One Chapter, Three Times a Day. 15 Nov 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase

Short pithy chapters on the subject of life. Guy Browning is very observant, and is able to make fun of the silly things that we all do. A lovely antidote to a miserable day.

I found some chapters much funnier than others, but every one made me smile and some keep me giggling for the entire day.

Each chapter be read in a matter of minutes. I find it best to read just a few chapters at a time - reading too much at once makes me somewhat immune to the humour, which is a shame, because it really is very witty. A good book for the smallest room.

In places a little sarcastic and/or infantile, but this is not a constant theme. Mostly just very funny.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dont think just buy it! 11 May 2006
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I can honestly say this is one of the funniest books i have ever read and contains such witty observations on life - the sort of stuff we all experience. I bought it to read on a long aeroplane journey and i am sure i must have had the other passengers wondering what on earth i was laughing at - i kept having to show my partner the relevant sections so he could share the hilarity. Believe me it is well worth purchasing, you definitely wont regret it, and on the strength of my experience i will be buying lots more stuff by Guy Browning
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 19 July 2006
This book will make your day. It is really really really good, it is really difficult to keep a straight face and read this book. I really liked 'How to Study' and '...Jury duty' they were really good.

You must get this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not as good as "never hit a jellyfish with a spade"
Published 1 month ago by puppetsal
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Push When it Says Pull: Small Rules for Little Problems
Well worth a read. Loved it. Light, funny and ideal for a quick read when bored.
A daft read and ideal for the toilet library.
Published 7 months ago by S. Hooper
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Laugh
Read Never hit a Jellyfish with a Spade which was in a holiday apartment and have never laughed so much reading a book I just had to buy this which is just as funny
Published 13 months ago by hazdaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy Genius
Guy Browning has a way of taking the mundane and injecting it with deadpan hilarity. In this book he examines everyday scenarios, from attempting to change a duvet cover to buying... Read more
Published 16 months ago by The Alpha Parent
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY!
This is book is so funny, a great read! Such clever observations and great humor. The perfect Christmas or Birthday gift.
Published 23 months ago by Satu
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Book - guaranteed to make me smile.
I dipped into this book when visiting a relative and found it compulsive reading. The observations of life's everyday situations are so astute with gentle humour. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2010 by C. M. Hurford
5.0 out of 5 stars laugh out loud!
Don't read this book on the bus as you'll be laughing out loud.
Takes everyday situations and highlights the funny side eg how to take a bath! Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2009 by P. Whiting
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
A little gem of a book; the kind that litter the market just before Christmas and apppear half-price on January 2nd. Read more
Published on 6 May 2009 by Captain Pugwash
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This
I bought this book ages ago and am now on to buy another for a friend, this will be the 4th copy I have bought. Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2008 by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny!
A mixture of real life observation and nonsense, this book is very funny and ideal for those with a short attention span or those who like to pick up a book from time to time, just... Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2008 by Baggiesfaninessex
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