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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782111549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782111542
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karl Pilkington's accidental path to fame began in 1989 when a trip to a Manchester hospital inspired him to become a hospital radio DJ. After filling news bulletins with strange-but-true stories and using the transmitter to broadcast pirate radio, Pilkington was sacked and moved to Manchester's Piccadilly Radio, where he hosted a late-night show filled with impenetrably cryptic puzzles. He then moved to Xfm in London, where he was producer and later a star of Xfm's Ricky Gervais Show, forerunner of the podcasts. Pilkington says that his favourite job to date was his paper round.

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"The funniest man on the planet" (Spectator)

"Funniest show on TV? No contest" (Mail on Sunday on An Idiot Abroad)

"He's a moron. A completely round, empty-headed, part-chimp Manc" (Ricky Gervais)

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The official tie-in to the major new Sky 1 TV series and follow up to the massive bestseller An Idiot Abroad

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By batforthecure on 3 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback
This book is just an inkling of Karl's insightful thoughts of the different main prospects of life; marriage, children, happiness and death. It is essentially a memoir of his own thoughts as he once again embarks an ambitious journey to explore different cultures and sees how different parts of the world goes about it.
He visits India to see the true meaning of happiness in an arranged marriage and how both families actually go through with deciding why someone is perfect for their daughter.
Then he meets a lot more strange faces throughout America and takes note that there are very different and alternative people across the world who go to extreme lengths to achieve their happiness, some stories are very much unbelievable and the book was good enough to include photo's to help is understand what exactly we are reading because sometimes it is a little gross.

But once again, Karl manages to get you to see life differently and even turn something negative such as death into something more positive- although he may be the morbid, waiting for death kind, you'd be surprised to know he actually enjoys life, he just sees it in a different way and he comes out with some very cracking points and quotes which really nails it.
Sometimes I feel the title An Idiot Abroad series make him come across as an actual idiot and he might have not enjoyed it before, I can tell he's really taken his new experiences on board and produced this amazingly delightful and easy to read autobiography because in actual fact he is really wise.

It'll have you laughing and dying with laughter in no time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Owen on 6 Jun. 2014
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Great Book that is a bargain price of £3.50 when i bought it, Karl is a Genius, but going from the recent youtube review of this book he needs to get his lines on his head filled in again, hopefully some of the proceeds from this book sale can pay towards more botox for you Karl.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bgk on 1 Jun. 2014
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Read in 2 days and watched the programme as well. Had its funny moments and also interesting facts . Well enjoyed it .100% would recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Roberts on 9 Dec. 2014
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Karl's persona in the book is so much nicer, funnier and less moany than he appears on tv. I laughed out loud at many of his comments and have to agree with much of his outlook on life. Different type of travel writing where a topic takes him to a place to study it in more detail. That twix double coffin is amazing. My husband and I prefer giant chocolate buttons so not sure how that would work....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Colin R. Crossman on 19 Mar. 2014
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brilliant reading material my partner loves it as well she says I,m a bit like karl so can relate to it just as good as watching the program get it now
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Danielle C. on 27 Mar. 2014
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very funny man, I've read all of his books and he's not dull that's for sure, well done on another great read
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Wilkinson on 23 April 2014
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Great book. Bought it as a present for my son, he was very happy and couldn't wait to read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dezza on 12 Mar. 2014
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This book is a must have to accompany the DVD as it just allows you to delve deeper into the mind of the round headed buffoon that is Karl Pilkington, it allows to see more of his thoughts from his travel around the world looking at how different countries handle different aspects of like such as death and marriage. Great read and really funny much like the Idiot Abroad Travel Diaries !!
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