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Time For Bed [Paperback]

David Baddiel
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5 Oct 2000

Gabriel Jacoby can't get to sleep. In fact, he can't get anywhere at all, either in his Triumph Dolomite or his life. Everything around him, from his large collection of coffee-machines to his balding Bradford-born flatmate, is breaking down. Not that Gabriel is bothered; he's too busy being in love with his intensely happily married brother's wife. Which is why Gabriel chooses to waste all his time - because he knows that whatever else he might achieve, it won't be happiness. There's no way there, when you're in love with your brother's wife.

Unless you remember your brother's wife has a sister...

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (5 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349113556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349113555
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very, very funny, but it also manages to stay on the right side of realistic... I thought the book was terrific. (Roddy Doyle)

A sharp, funny and hugely entertaining insight into the male psyche with the most convincing female orgasm since "When Harry Met Sally" (Helen Fielding)

One of the best things I have ever read about the nature of mad, obsessive love... funny, sad and horribly, painfully true. (Tony Parsons)

Inventive and hilarious... a wonderful comedy shadowed and complicated by tenderness. (SUNDAY TIMES)

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* First, highly acclaimed and bestselling novel by writer/comedian David Baddiel - 'a novel about sleep, sex and skewed clocks'.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly brilliant 19 Nov 2002
I have just been reading some of the very mixed reviews for this book, and just felt that I had to comment. Like another reader I bought this book because I loved his stand-up comedy, but had no idea what to expect from the book. Having also read a fair amount of Tony Parsons and Nick Hornby's work, I can honestly say that David Baddiel is on a par with, if not sometimes better than the other two.
His observations are so adept it can be quite scary, plus he manages to combine vulgar humour with some quite heart-wrenchingly touching moments. I also found it quite endearing that Baddiel's own life was so visible through the plot- it meant the whole book felt both honest and personal.
I would recommend that anyone gave this book a try- if only to enjoy the many 'laugh-out-loud' moments.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-Provoking 8 Mar 1999
By A Customer
When I picked up the book and read that the author was David Baddiel the word comedy entered my mind. I chose the book as I thought that it would be a very light hearted one liner kind of tale that would pass the minutes on the train. I was fortunately very wrong. Although this book is funny, it is written in a very dry ironic style, it makes you think. The story line is involved with twists that keep making you turn the pages.
The novel revolves around mainly Gabriel (the main characters) lust for his brother's wife. In fact the word lust is an understatement, the guy eat breaths and dreams the woman. Well actually he does not dream the woman as he can't. He is an insomniac, hence the book's title 'Time for Bed'. These feelings are made more complicated when the woman of his desires(Alice) announces that her sister is comming to stay with her from America. Gabriels dream to find his own 'Alice' are made more hopeful and twists and turns of their unsual relationship is at times both funny and sad.
Baddiel deals with jewish religion with such zest that it would make Woody Allen smile. Although there is no doubt that the male writting this novel would put 'Men Behaving Badly`s' Neil Morrisey and Martin Clunes to shame on the subject of football and pornography there are some very touching sentiment towards relationships and desires.
This book is a joy to read and will leave you wanting to know more....!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From one insomniac to another 13 Dec 2003
By Laura
I read this book after reading Baddiel's second novel, 'Whatever Love Means' and was expecting the same idea all over again: tragedy, comedy, death, sex and lots of twists and turns, and I got it. I was really surprised at the style of 'Time for Bed' as it's very different to his second novel, but it's a book which delivers. I was impressed by Baddiel's knowledge of insomnia and unrequited love, both of which I have suffered from, and also by his ability to take the utterly mundane and make it interesting, funny and touching. Brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly brilliant 10 Aug 2001
By A Customer
When i bought this book i was unsure of what to expect from it. I am a fan of his stand up and so was not sure how well he would transgress to writing. By half way through the book i really couldnt put it down, i just had to find out what happened to these characters. DB has written a very well planned book with plenty of one liners and thought provoking moments to keep you awake. Truly this is a great book with a good plot and some excellent characterisation, my only greivance is with the ending which seems a little rushed. Definately worth reading, if only for the frog moment!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Side Splitting 21 Sep 2006
I was a little dubious about this read, Id always been more of a Skinner than Baddiel fan. My views have changed! I laughed on ever turn of the page with this book and can say it's the funniest thing I ever read. The explicit content (which had me laughing my head off) means I would recommend this to everyone except my own family members. They'd be too embarrassed at some of the content. I LOVED it!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time for Baddiel? 12 Jun 2011
A friend of mine bought this book for me over ten years ago and I've only just got around to reading it. The plot concerns the life and loves of Gabriel Jacoby, an indolent, unemployed man living in north London with his strange flatmate Nick. Gabriel is secretly in love with his sister-in-law Alice who's married to his older brother Ben; to confuse the mix Alice's sister Dina returns from the UK after a disasterous and somewhat fatal relationship and has an on/off relationship with Gabriel. The themes which run through the book are family, being Jewish and mental illness (Nick develops a rather extreme reaction to cannabis) - all of which are dealt with in an interesting and informative way.

Baddiel writes with zest, his dialogue is commendable and this novel pretty much captured the zeitgiest of the early millennium. I sometimes got the impression that he was re-using some of his TV/stand up material throughout, but I suppose that's only to be expected. I really enjoyed this novel and will try and read some of this other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baddiel is a funny and talented writer 15 Nov 2010
This is a brilliant debut novel written by a very fine writer and comedian. Time for Bed is a great book about sex, lack of sleep, being a 'new lad' and unusual microwave clocks. The main character Gabriel Jacoby is in love with his brother's wife -which leads to great comedy and awkward situations at the beginning of the novel. Gabriel shares a flat with his mate Nick who enjoys pie sandwiches and is a big supporter of Bradford City. The novel is beautifully plotted and you really identify with Gabriel's cynicism and world weariness. There are some very funny and moving situations in the novel. David Baddiel writes very well and you are quickly engrossed in all of the fun and absurdity of Gabriel's turbulent life. I love this novel and I would put it in the same league as Nick Hornby's 'High Fidelity'.
A must read and hugely enjoyable. Check out 'Whatever love means' too.
5 stars
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Wacky
Strange but unique writing, very graphic and a punchy surprise ending that you'd never guess.
Very like Dave. Don't read if you're easily offended or shocked
Published 18 months ago by Yaki Toni
5.0 out of 5 stars It has it all
If you are looking for a novel that is both comedy and tragedy then this is the book for you. It is lighthearted and funny but it does also strike a chord in you. Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2010 by M. K. Addison
3.0 out of 5 stars Time For Bed
This was OK, but not a patch on Whatever Love Means. On the positive side, it is quite funny in places (I loved Gabriel's dad) but on the other, the characters are not very... Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2008 by gerty guinea
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny but not a great tale
I laughed out loud at least five times (v. good).
The story itself isn't that enthralling (not so good). There's no real ending as such.
That's it.
Published on 16 Oct 2007 by JB Reeves
4.0 out of 5 stars A great surprise
I hadn't really thought of reading a book by someone who is in essence a TV star but I was bought this for Christmas a few years back and thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2006 by Nostromo
5.0 out of 5 stars Gut bustingly funny
I absolutely LOVED this book. I took it on holiday for a rare break from reality without the kids. I laughed until I cried. Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2003 by wilks
2.0 out of 5 stars Baddiel finding his feet, let us forgive him
I found this book a burden to read, but was convinced that it would get better and end well. Sadly not! Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2002 by Jez W.
5.0 out of 5 stars ball-bouncingly funny
This is a book what is great. David Bladdibub quite clearly is one of life's great observationists - almost everything he had his main character, Gabriel, thinking, made me think,... Read more
Published on 9 April 2002 by A. M. Knight
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