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Areas of great hilarity, with padding.
on 1 July 2016
I bought this after reading some of the examples as tweets ~ it began as a Twitter profile, but became so popular, so quickly, that Rob Temple put his witticisms into a book.
I found it quite funny rather than hilarious; some of the sections are spot on (the train and office chapters, for instance, and the historical items are well thought out). Others are weaker; the drinking one should be entitled 'problems faced by serious drinkers',, though; indeed, the whole book does rather take the viewpoint that all English people are non-assertive, regular pub goers. Yes, yes, I get that it's funny snapshots rather than serious social comment! Then there were the observations that I loved but were repeated over and over in slightly different guises. The 'seeing someone you vaguely know and pretending to be absorbed in something on your phone' idea, for instance, must have been done at least 20 times.
Generally, I think I'd have been a bit disappointed by the amount of content if I'd bought this not knowing it came from a Twitter profile; it's padded out with cartoons and repetition to make a whole book, and sometimes there was only one short paragraph on a page. But for £1.49 it won't break the bank, and the funny bits are very funny indeed.