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The To-do List [Paperback]

Mike Gayle
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24 Dec 2009

Would a proper adult ignore the spilt milk under the fridge for weeks?

Would a proper adult take three years to post a solitary Christmas card?

Would a proper adult have decades-old underwear in active service?

Mike Gayle is nowhere near being a proper adult - even though his tenth wedding anniversary is looming; his second child is due any moment; and in less than twenty-four hours he is going to be officially closer to forty than he is to thirty.

Appalled by this lack of maturity, Mike draws up a To-Do list containing every single item he's been meaning to do but just keeps putting off...

He's got a lot of stuff that needs doing. But unlike previous To-Do lists, he promises himself that this one will actually get DONE. And along the way, Mike will learn stuff about life (323), love (999), friends (1004) and family (9) and finally work out what it means to be a grown up (846).

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (24 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340936754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340936757
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 12.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Previously an Agony Uncle, Mike Gayle is a freelance journalist who has contributed to a variety of magazines including FHM, Sunday Times Style and Cosmopolitan. He is the author of eight previous bestselling novels.

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Brilliantly funny (Daily Mail)

A book guaranteed to appeal to disorganised slackers everywhere (Mail on Sunday)

'You'll laugh out loud throughout this brilliant and utterly hilarious read' ***** (Closer)

I gave this to my chick-lit reader not realising it was non-fiction. She loved it, quite fell for Mike and was inspired to make her own list. I tell you this to reassure you his fiction fans will love it. (Sarah Broadhurst, Bookseller)

Give it to your boyfriend straight away (Look)

A book guaranteed to appeal to disorganised slackers everywhere (Mail on Sunday)

A hilarious tale of a man's struggle to maturity (Now)

It's a bright read for any dull winter's day (News Of The World)

A funny, inspirational book (Daily Record)

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New, non-fiction departure from number 1 bestselling fiction author Mike Gayle

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Mrs. Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
The To Do List is a delightfully friendly, positive and life affirming read. It is generously populated with Mike Gayle's many friends and family - a lovely crowd - I felt more than pleased to spend time with them all. Underneath the challenge of completing his long languishing dreams of self improvement, resolutions and ambitions, there is strong thread of the warm, tolerant understanding between Mike and his wife Claire that I especially enjoyed. This provides great humour - deliciously sharp. The list of over a thousand 'to do' items at the back of the book is exhaustive; sensibly he didn't write about every single aim. Love of his family beams through the prose together with abundant comfortable fellow feelings that cheer and encourage. The book is amusing, sympathetic and bereft of moans. Somehow he is able to get through the year without mentioning any real shortage of funds so hopefully he is doing well with his writing of all kinds. A contemporary theme of somehow not being quite up to the mark, will strike a chord with a good number of readers. What a clever, tidy ending, too, the perfect finale!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hit form MIke Gayle! 15 Jan 2009
By petleg9
This book is a slight departure by Mike Gayle as he is writing fact rather than his usual fiction. It is about what happens when a man ( Gayle ) decides on the eve of his Birthday to make a list of all of the things he needs to do to be a 'grown up' or like the next door neighbours who are always having posh dinner parties and seem too grown up for words.
The items on the list range from 'Clean up milk from under the fridge' to 'Can double denim ever work' with random subjects in between!
This book is not just a random lists book as Mike Gayle finds out a lot about himself and his interactions between friends , family and life in general.
This is a great book but I wish that Mike had included a brief description of some of the tasks not fully covered in the book along side the list of items at the back of the book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Simple idea, surprisingly compelling 15 Oct 2010
Despite the fact that this is the type of book that only published authors would ever get paid to write, there is something oddly compelling about sneaking a peek at another's 'to-do list'. In it, Gayle writes a list of everything he has ever wanted or needed to do and sets about getting it all done before his next birthday, enlisting the help of his friends as referees. Watching him try to complete it, particularly when he frequently appears to teeter on the brink of failure, is quite addictive. A mundane topic but surprisingly able to hold the attention.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but instructive too 28 Dec 2008
I have to declare an interest in this book because I am the "time management guru" whom Mike Gayle consults at the beginning of his efforts to complete his 1,277 item to-do list.

He writes in a very engaging and entertaining style, but there is a serious purpose too. The to-do list starts to take on a life of its own, and even when he tries to give it up he still finds himself mentally ticking off items. By the end he has discovered a lot about himself and about what is really important in life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Idea but.... 3 Dec 2013
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It was an autobiography, which I'm not a great lover of ! I have been reading Mike Gayle for years, and love his books, but not quite so keen on this one, and .....he had over a THOUSAND items to do on his list, and did them all I think, put me to shame !
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I loved this story and the humour in it. I could relate to a lot of things in it and I was inspired to something similar - quite cleansing :-)
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3.0 out of 5 stars okay 5 April 2013
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this was more enjoyable as an audio book than a read, quite long and although interesting and funny, sometimes easy to get lost.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average 18 Feb 2013
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Not up to Mike Gayle's usual standard in my opinion but it was still readable. Could relate to the list of things we all should do/get around to. Okay, but not brilliant.
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3.0 out of 5 stars BOOK
Published 11 months ago by Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Mike Gayle is one of my favourite writers, so I looked forward to reading this book - I wasn't disappointed and was inspired to try to write my own 'to-do' list - which I am still... Read more
Published 15 months ago by yasmark
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
excellent birthday present and i have been told its a great read, nothing better i could have asked for came on time
Published 15 months ago by mark
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea.........
I thought the idea behind the book was interesting and it was an enjoyable enough read just felt it was lacking in excitement for me. His To-Do list could have been more exciting.
Published 20 months ago by JennyWilson83
5.0 out of 5 stars An uplifting read
Having read several of Mike Gayle's books I was pleasantly surprised by this book as it is fact rather than his usual fiction. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Julie-Tulip
4.0 out of 5 stars Off to make a list now ...
In appropriate list form, this book is:

1. Not a novel - it is a non-fiction account of the author's attempts to complete a 1277 item to-do list.
2. Funny
3. Read more
Published on 19 April 2012 by Mike N
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, enjoyable and inspirational!
I absolutely loved this book - it was so relatable to my life in so many ways, that I actually went and compiled my own "To Do List" with a few hundred items. Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2011 by Rymanani
2.0 out of 5 stars Monotonous
Having read and enjoyed Mike Gayle's, Dinner For Two, I had expected a similar light read from The To-Do List. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2011 by DubaiReader
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy, fun read!
Having announced I was starting a 50 day, 50 task challenge due to a mid-life 'reawakening', I was told to read this book. Duly bought and read - fabulous! Read more
Published on 26 May 2011 by Debs4344
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