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Shakespeare My Butt!: Marsupial Elvis to No Place ... Ramblings, Meanderings, Digressions... and a Dog [Paperback]

John Donoghue
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4 July 2008
A charming tale of a year in the life of a serial 'pointless project' addict. Written with a warmth and depth, interspresed with humorous childhood memories, witty recollections of military service and unorthodox observations on life.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Matador; 3Rev Ed edition (4 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906510598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906510596
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Donoghue never set out to be to be a writer ... he wanted to be a sailor ...and a soldier ...and a policeman.

When he left school, he ran away to sea ...or more accurately, caught the train and joined the Royal Navy. After six years on the high seas, he transferred to the Army, serving Queen and Country throughout the Cold War.

However, when it began to thaw, he took this as my cue to move on. Leaving the army as a Captain, he joined an international security organisation, although it was more budgets and spread-sheets than James Bond and Pussy Galore.

Bored, and in search of more fun and excitement, he handed back his company car, expense account and keys to the executive toilets and joined the police force where he is currently a serving police officer.


He has written three books.

'Police, Crime & 999' covers a year in his life as a front line response officer.

'Police, Lies & Alibis' is the follow up, following the further adventures of 'E' shift.

"We are the cops who respond initially to the 999 (911) calls with the blue lights flashing and sirens blaring. It's your all access view behind the scenes of what REALLY happens in the police."

Both police books have won the coveted People's Book Awards - voted for by members of the public.

Genre: Humour, True crime, Autobiography

'Shakespeare My Butt!' is the tale of his military service on land and sea, how he played Moses to the dog world with 'The Ten Commandments of Dog' and finally, his odyssey around the bizarre named places in Britain - towns and villages with names such as 'No Place', 'Pity Me', 'Wetwang' and 'Twatt'.

Genre: Humour, Military, Travel, Autobiography (NOTE: make sure you get the updated version with Che Sweep on the cover)

It was infamously described in a review as 'Bill Bryson on magic mushrooms'.

John is on twitter @JohnDonoghue64


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"If you had primed Bill Bryson with a couple of helpings of magic mushrooms you wouldn't have come up with anything half so funny as John Donoghue's marvellously funny meanderings along the highways and byways of Britain... It's a fun book - even for those without a sense of humour - and will have you laughing out loud." Northern Echo Irreverent and real, with moments of unselfconscious poignancy, this is a fantastically funny book whether you start at the beginning, the middle or the end The Crack

About the Author

John Donoghue has travelled the world as a sailor and soldier whilst pursuing a host of stupid projects. In between enraging Russians in the Arctic Circle and corrupting Cowgirls in New Orleans, he has collected a wealth of humorous anecdotes.This is the man who wrote 'The Ten Commandments of Dog', invented a titanic new text language (it sunk without a trace), went on an odyssey around the bizarre named places in the UK (No Place, Pity Me, Wetwang...) along with his companion Barney the Labrador and more...much more!

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By H
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Where do l start? The laugh out loud items perhaps or maybe the parts that made me giggle so much my little Yorkshire terrier thought l was ill. Well, l will start with the fabulous style of writing which makes you want to read on, even when the clock says "time for bed". The way the author winds his many stories together and the many digresses only makes for a need to read more, and more!
Barney, his dog, is undoubtedly the star of this tome - ahh, a puppy who knows his place: or does he?
The many, many hilarious town/village names, albeit it helped by black tape, which you try and locate on the map just in case he's winding you up. His tales of life in the forces and his understanding of history of words/sayings.
As l'm sure you can tell, I REALLY ENJOYED this book and would HIGHLY RECOMMEND it to you.
Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fans will love 8 Aug 2013
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John Donoghue's debut book.this funny and endearing book tells more of the authors life rather than the usual mix of nutters he deals with on a regular basis in his other works.a lovely,warm insight into what makes this brilliantly weird and funny man tick.Fans will thoroughly enjoy tales of Barney the dog & co and his rather eccentric hobbies.find out where it all began sit back and have your heart warmed and ribs tickled by one of many people's favourite nonsense talker.Oh, one more thing.it's definitely NOT about shakespeare
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Read 13 May 2013
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A very funny and light hearted view of an average blokes take on the world around him. Many of the thing I could relate to. Also nice to read some funny totally UN-PC thoughts ('cos well all think them).

I would also highly recommend 'Police, Crime & 999' by Mr Donoghue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 Aug 2014
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Love this book! Such a great read! What a sense of humour. :0)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare My Butt Review 19 Oct 2013
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This book made me dizzy it was like the writer had ADHD racing from one part of his life to the next. It was so well written that I was there on this wild journey with him through the highs and lows of his life. It made for an addictive read and I literally could not put the book down. Not only will I never look at my daughters gold fish in the same light but I now need to made it my mission in life to visit some of the bizarrely named place mentioned in the book! I need a lie down first though. This book is a must read :D
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 25 Sep 2013
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Read the two other books by this author, though this takes a slightly different tack than the others, still good read, well written and very funny, laugh out loud funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny book! 21 May 2013
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After seeing a picture of the author's dog on twitter and him telling me that the lovely dog was in this book I purchased it. I started reading it in the advert breaks of the tv show is was watching but soon ended up reading all through the programme as well! The author tells his story of getting and training his lovely black Labrador Barney and his very funny quest to make a calendar of amusing place names. would definitely recommend this book to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If Bill Bryson liked dogs... 20 Feb 2013
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I don't claim any originality in comparing this book to Bill Bryson's, but it strikes me as the best way to convey its style. A thoroughly enjoyable, humorous book of anecdotes. The author reminisces about his childhood, life in the armed forces and takes us on a tour of the North East of England, with his gorgeous Labrador as companion and source of further amusement. The title and cover picture do not really convey the light-hearted warmth that this book holds. Loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love this, very funny outlook on life
Published 4 days ago by Kathy Gaule
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny & quick witted. You can't help but laugh out loud.
John's personality just shines through in his writing. Funny, crazy & very quick witted - you can't help but laugh out loud. Read more
Published 15 days ago by MISS SJ HAWKINS
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & hilarious ramblings
A brilliant read from start to finish. Each chapter gives you a giggle, laugh or guffaw in one way shape or form. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but his other books are much better.
Prefer his other books.
Published 1 month ago by Brendan
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious
Well worth the read. I couldn't put it down in some places ...not even to balance a wobbly table ha! :)
Published 1 month ago by Ms. L. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Does not disappoint
After having read John Donoghue's other two books I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but once again John has delivered a fantastic, well written and endearing book which... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Laura Turton
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud
I loved this fast paced, funny book. Lots of laughs and strange looks off other commuters. Definetley going to read the authors 999 books too. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patricia brain
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed all the way through this book
I loved the humour in this book and laughed my way through it. Some lovely tales that are very well written. You feel you are part of the fun. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Von
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
This book had me laughing almost straight away. 'Shakespeare My Butt' is hilarious from start to finish, a must read!
Published 6 months ago by MRS H
5.0 out of 5 stars waiting for the next one
read 3 John Donoghue books now and cant wait for the next one, its great to laugh out loud while enjoying a good read
Published 6 months ago by Poppy
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