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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847678637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847678638
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 15.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Funny, profound and surprising all at the same time (Harry Hill)

A brilliant new volume (Scotland on Sunday)

Consistently funny (Daily Telegraph)

[A] master of modern surrealism . . . a must for fans of the absurd (Evening Standard)

On the kink of his line Shrigley can shift effortlessly from pathos to paranoia. And his work is funny - very funny - his timing devastatingly effective. (Will Self)

Weird, funny, abject, wise, silly, savage, moral and engaging. (Independent)

David Shrigley is probably the funniest gallery-type artist who ever lived. (Dave Eggers)

With a casual gesture Shrigley points to that hideous shape whose name I've never known - and then he names it. And the name is profoundly, embarrassingly familiar. I'm laughing while frantically searching for a pen, so desperate to capture the feeling he has unearthed in me. (Miranda July)

Shrigley's comedy appears to confirm the belief of great humourists (from Laurence Sterne to Woody Allen) that laughter is synonymous with hope. In the arena of contemporary art, Shrigley's work maintains a dualism, which is rare, rewarding and ultimately generous. (Frieze)

David Shrigley is a rare thing in the art world: someone whose work people - normal(ish) people - actually love (The Skinny)

The Glasgow-based artist's scribbly drawings and witty captions have inspired a cult following and a celebrity fanbase including Will Self and Franz Ferdinand. (X Magazine)

David Shrigley's wonderfully skewed cartoons (The Glasgow Herald)

Shrigley specialises in the humour of a horny teenage boy crossed with an uptight conservative wrangling with modern moral dilemmas. Needless to say, we are in love. (The Gay Times)

a must for fans of the absurd (ES magazine)

Half man, half legend (Skinny)

Over the 300 or so pages, Shrigley mines a mordant, scatological seam, conjuring up the dark tradition of British humour that threw up Tony Hancock and Chris Morris (The Times)

Of his 20-odd books, this is by far the best. Plus, he's really famous now, so this might be the only way you'll ever own anything he's drawn (X Magazine)

A massive yellow compendium of paintings, writings, sculptures and scrawlings from an artist touched by comic genius and something like full-blown lunacy (The Lady)

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The definitive collection of the work of cult artist David Shrigley, who has been nominated for the Turner Prize 2013

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sorrowful investigator on 9 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I sat in the bookshop literally laughing my head off at this book, which of course caused some mess and consternation. Dave Shrigley has a weird, dark and sometimes childlike imagination that triggers both deep thought and belly laughs. An artist/cartoonist/whatever he is has no right to be so expletively talented, yet still as poor as a church mouse, I assume, when compared with that pretentious bloke who does sharks. Give it to all your depressed friends at Christmas - the gift of highly original therapeutic humour - so you can feel duly self-righteous.

Professor Colin Feltham
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 5142BY on 30 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
An excellent collection of both old and new stuff (mainly new I think) by the amusingly disturbing artist David Shrigley. Even the pieces which have appeared elsewhere before are worth seeing again in a bigger, bolder and brighter format. A must for any collector of David Shrigley material, and a great introduction for anyone not yet aware of his work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Funbags on 18 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Shrigley is probably my fave modern artist - his perspective is brilliantly twisted, and his admixture of high concept and low format (scribbles, crossing out and ruled lines form part of his lexicon) is right on the money. This is art with a sense of humour; often satirical, always left of centre. This book offers an overview of Shrigley's work, including photographic and sculptural pieces. His work is ideally suited to a book format - you aren't losing anything by not seeing the original in most cases (as you would with a printed photo of a painting, for instance) and being able to soak it all in en masse definitely helps to get you into 'Shrigley mode'. As weird as it is his work has great popular appeal...I guess people find cartoons non-threatening or something. Check it out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elma Law on 8 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Hyperbole perhaps, but ultimately true. This book is brilliant. Shrigley manages to be entertaing and funny yet there underneath the absurd belly of his work lies something truly dark and serious. His work is thought provoking and direct and deceptivley simple and a joy. While some contemporary art may seem hard to connect with and maybe a bit distant, Shrigley's work has an honesty and humour about it that makes it irrestible and inviting.
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By Big Rich on 16 Sept. 2012
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I was about to ignore the request to review this - being a scientist I didn't feel I was qualified to comment on an artist's work. But I think good art is probably like a good scientific theory, it reveals something fundamental about the universe in a way you'd perhaps not considered before. This book is a wonderful collection of pieces, which reveal much about his universe, with a dark humour that succeeds in genuinely making me "LOL". I've seen many of David Shrigley's cartoons before, but funnily enough it was his "Forced to speak with others" CD that led me to this book, which in turn I'd discovered thanks to BBC 6 Music playing "Don'ts" (have a listen to that one on YouTube). Thinking about writing a review caused me to pick it up and leaf through it again and an hour just disappeared, but what a great way to lose it. My favourite item? Possibly inspired by "Don'ts", it is an almost child-like drawing of a volcano erupting, with a hand reaching out to it and the warning: Don't touch the volcano - it's hot! If that image raises so much as a smile you need to own this book :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By neil_armstrong@hotmail.com on 14 Dec. 2010
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This book is immense. I bought it as a present, but think I'll get one for myself too! It arrived at the office, I had a sneaky look and a girl in the office saw it and we both had a giggle. We both knew most people in the office would probably find a lot of the drawings offensive and disturbing, but we shared the same humour and this book is just pure, simple brilliance.
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Hit-and-miss, but the hits are excellent. Probably this book could be about a quarter of the size, if you were just going for the very best stuff, although perhaps just most of it goes over my head! Still, that's art for you! I really enjoyed it though. Took me a couple of happy hours to get through.
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By JCB on 22 Jan. 2012
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It was ordered by me as a present for a relative so I haven't done the book justice. But I did have a browse through it before wrapping it up and enjoyed the quick ready wit the outrageous drawings. A super outlandish book for those who seek the unusual and have a sense of humour
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