There are many humerous books in 'The Little Book of...' series. Their content covers diverse subjects and in this book is found a collection of 'excuses' that are funny because they appear to fly in the face of logic, and are motivated by the pure egotistical considerations. These type of excuse does not even try to appear plausible and is often a product of a rushed response to over-whelming, difficult, or surprising circumstance. As a consequence hese excuses are termed 'crap'.
The paperback (2001) edition is pocket sized and contains 93 numbered pages. The excuses vary in length, but each page usually contains more than one excuse. There is no Contents page and no Index, but haphazardly spread throughout the book are expedient headings such as:
A Note From Your Mother...
Eat Then Cheat
It Just Came Out of Nowhere...
You've Never Had It So Good
I'd Love To But...
Biblical ExcusesExcuses for Dialling 999
Is That The Time?
We Was Robbed, etc.
The backcover contains something of an Introduction written by the author - Michael Powell. This explains that we all make mistakes but often lack the skill to react coherently. Incoherent responses become 'crap excuses' For instance, the backcover quotes the following:
'I haven't committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.' (David Dinkins, former Mayor of New York City)
At the end of the book the author thanks all those who have contributed via email to the content of this book, but regrets the fact that individual contributions can not be acknowledged. An interesting read.