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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (7 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091896738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091896737
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Danny Wallace is a Sunday Times-bestselling author who lives in London. His first book, Join Me, was described as a 'word-of-mouth phenomenon' by The Bookseller and 'one of the funniest stories you will ever read' by the Daily Mail. His second book, Yes Man - in which he decided to say 'Yes' to everything - became a hugely successful film with Jim Carrey in the lead role.

His column in ShortList magazine reaches more than 1.3 million readers weekly. He was the PPA Columnist of the Year 2011 and the Arqiva Radio Presenter of the Year 2012 for his work as the host of the triple Sony Award-winning Xfm Breakfast Show with Danny Wallace. GQ magazine has called him: 'One of Britain's great writing talents'.

www.dannywallace.com

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"'Danny Wallace does things few other people would and writes about them in ways that few people could. He's as funny as Bill Bryson used to be.' Nicholas Barber, Independent on Sunday 'The funniest writer of his generation. Apart from me.' Dom Joly"

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The amazing tale of what happens when you decide to say... YES (2004-06-24) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Captain Joe Boston on 2 July 2008
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honestly one of my favourite books of all time. Really changed my attitude to be even more positive, and do things that you may not particularly feel like doing, cos it will usually be brilliant. inspiring, and all round brilliant. can't recommend it enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Patel on 2 Feb 2008
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This book is something special. It will make you laugh out loud, it might even make you cry, and what's probably more important, it can teach you, as it taught me, something very important about life.

I don't think most people know or ever think about how a decision they make today can impact on their lives in 2 or 3 months time. I know I've never thought about life in those terms before.

It's a very enjoyable read and a real adventure, so no wonder it's being made into a film starring Jim Carrey. I only hope the film does the book justice. According to Danny, who's already read the script, it does. So I can't wait to see it.

Something else: after you've read this book, you'll become incredibly self conscious of saying "no" to things.

As well as entertaining me for many hours, I think this book has probably affected me to an extent I won't know of for several months or years.

I'm glad I said yes to buying it and I eagerly await the movie!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Book Republik on 22 May 2011
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When he met a man on the bus that told him to say `yes' more, Danny Wallace decided to embark on a project. If you've read Are You Dave Gorman? or Join Me then you will be well acquainted with the obsessive extent that Danny applies himself to such projects as well as his excellent ability to tell a good tale. Yes Man is no different: one hell of an inspirational tale of a remarkably silly yet brilliant idea.

He had been stuck in a rut, his girlfriend had left him and he was becoming a recluse. Persistent nay-saying had started to impact on his health, happiness and friendships; his life fast becoming a cycle or work, television and tea. The man on the bus had sparked a change and had inspired Danny to write The Yes Manifesto: say `yes' to every suggestion, proposal and invitation until the end of the year. That's yes to everything, no matter how ridiculous a yes may be.

With only a single friend holding knowledge of his plans, and a cruel forfeit looming should he fail, a farcical tale ensues to the point where the reader knows not whether to laugh, cringe or cry. Ranging from the innocent extra pints in the pub to a rather sinister trip to Amsterdam to meet a Nigerian bank scammer; Danny's life soon becomes consumed by the lack of power over his decisions.

One dimensional this tale is not. Like every good story, there is a bad guy on the scene. A third-party who becomes aware of his tactics and, in the guise of The Challenger, sets him on quests which he must say `yes' to. Unrelenting, Danny sticks to the manifesto and aims to see his task through several months until the stroke of midnight at New Year.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Somerville-large on 21 Aug 2006
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This book is great! its starts off with danny. our hero of this tale. however at the start, he is rather dull, and seems to lost his love for life, while taking a bus home, a strange man tells him to " say yes more" and in true danny wallace fashion, he does exactly that, which leads him all around the world. and leads to some very funny situations!
In danny's "yess manifesto" it says he has to say yes to everything, including all invites and requests etc.

so when danny has ges a span email from " the son of a murdered sultan" danny see's the positive side of it, and ends up trying to help him out! eventually he ends up in amsterdam, and I wont spoil that escapade for you!

this is a highly enjoyable book, which is easy going, and makes great light reading! it also ends up giving you a whole new outlook on life, and renember! si a Todo!
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I've always liked Danny Wallace's style, and the challenges he sets himself. I've never read his books before, but I'd watched the TV show about starting his own country in his flat, and heard about how he started his own cult. I'd also been aware that one of his books, Yes Man, had been made into a film. I haven't seen the film but found the book in Waterstones and though it sounded worth a try.

I was basically looking for a holiday read, and I think I got my selection SPOT ON, if I do say so myself. On holiday you feel really optimistic, relaxed, positive etc. This book is all those things too, so it's the perfect fit. I easily bolted through the pages and before I knew it had knocked off the first 100+ pages on day 1. And, by the way, I wasn't say by a pool all day - this was in the afternoon whilst we were all chilling out after a day in the pool, out visiting the local town etc etc.

The book is so easy to read it's ridiculous. But that doesn't mean it's without substance. To my surprise, there were really insightful and interesting learning points from this experiment, and his reflections on what it had revealed about his life and personality were really good to read - it was honest, confessional in places and very genuine. Not everything went right by any means, and he got himself into a couple of sticky situations, not least in an Amsterdam gay club.

It was funny, sad, cringeworthy and lots of other things.

The big surprise was that, by the very end, it almost felt like I'd read an actual novel - the way it all turns out is surprisingly circular to start with, but there's also an nice ending that could have come straight from the pages of a book you'd buy at the airport. Plus, of course, it's been made into a film.
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