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John Birmingham
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5 Oct 1998

In the sequel to He Died With A Felafel In His Hand, John Birmingham guides us through a rip-roaring tale of house-sharing hell.

When John Birmingham and his flatmates took in the new guy they had their doubts. The Celine Dion albums, the hordes of fluffy stuffed animals and the plastic-covered floral-pattern love seat should have set their threat detectors singing. Within days their house had become a swirling maelstrom of junkies, stolen goods and hired goons, Tasmanian Babes and Karate Dykes. And then the new guy did a runner – taking their money and possessions with him.

Now the flatmates have just one week to sober up, find two thousand dollars and catch the runaway before the government, the cops, crims and their landlord tear their house down and jump on their bones.


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Flamingo (5 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006551300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006551300
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,024,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘If The Young Ones is one of your favourite TV shows… Birmingham’s sequel to He Died With A Felafel In His Hand is what you’ve been waiting for’
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SEQUEL TO ' HE DIED WITH A FELAFEL IN HIS HAND '

When JB and his flatmates took in the new guy they had their doubts. The Celine Dion albums, the hordes of fluffy stuffed animals and the plastic-covered floral-patterned love seat should have set the alarm bells ringing. But nobody was paying attention. Within days their house had become a swirling maelstrom of heavy metal junkies, stolen goods, evil yuppies, karate dykes and Tasmanian Babes.

Now the flatmates have one week to sober up, find two thousand dollars and catch the runaway new guy before the government, the cops, the crims, their landlords and some very angry lesbians tear their house down.

Praise for 'He died with a felafel in his hand'.

“ a very entertaining freak show…deserves to be a hit”
NICHOLAS LEZARD’S ‘pick of the week’, ' The Guardian '.

“This year’s funniest book…You’ll read it with horrified amusement and, if you’ve ever shared a flat, the occasional wince of recognition.”
TERRY PRATCHET


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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it twice in a week. 13 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is probably one of the funniest books I've read in the past year. If you've ever lived in student housing or flat-shared with a few people, you'll know exactly what he's talking about. Most of the scenes gave me flashbacks to my own demented home-share days, and the characters are more like caricatures in one way or another of somebody you know or have known. Had me laughing out loud on the train at 6 in the morning. Quite an achievement... I'll be ordering his other books pretty soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flatshare from Hell 14 July 2000
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What a great, funny book, I couldn't read it on the tube as I was worried about the looks I was getting from my fellow passengers. Make sure you read this is company who will appreciate you rolling on the floor. It makes any flatshare seem bearable. Although run for your life if you find your vinal hotpants have gone missing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to get into but worth persevering 1 Feb 2001
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I read his first book "He Died with a Felafel in his Hand" and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is very similar but has more structure than the motley assortment of stories in the previous book. Having said that I thought this book was less funny, although it does have its laugh out loud moments. I thought it was slow to start and I found trouble warming to the characters, but about half way through things picked up pace and I never looked back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest book I have read since 'felafel' 12 April 2000
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Absolutely superb. I can't say anything bad about this book at all. Buy it, read it, love it, never flat share with anyone else ever again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars you will love this book. I promise 31 Mar 2000
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Format:Paperback
this book is a hoot! I bought it last summer when i was travelling around new zealand and it was a terrific light hilarious read . If you have ever had a house situation of 4 or more , you WILL appriciate this book! just try to keep up with all the housemates. also, be prepared to do a lot of reading aloud as you bust up laughing and everyone wonders what in the sam hill you are laughing at.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Sharehousing in Brisbane 3 Nov 2000
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Tassie Babes is one of the few books I have read and read again. Two reasons - I laugh every time I read it and second - A good cure for home sickness......I lived not far from York street about the time John was writting this book and belive me this book contains alot of fact - its only about 50% fiction. Some of the characters John writes about are real people - Believe it or not! Absolutely hilarious book - fantastically written.
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