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5.0 out of 5 stars May's Humour Fails To Disapoint
James May's elequent style of writing shines through in this book.

Although it is advised you never undertake any of the tasks outlined in the book, it is undoubtedly a very amusing read.

Topics range from:

How to build an escape tunnel from that unholiest of places, Bultins
How to avoid pointless and expensive litigation by fighting...
Published on 24 Mar 2011 by Seán Ward

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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny in parts
May must be quite off his head! Found parts of it quite funny, how to escape from Butlins and how to invade the Isle of Wight, but others less so. Lots of pages diagrams or pictures so less real pages than the actual page count. Quick to read. But you never know when you might need to deliver twins! Probably the only chapter you might remember something from!
Published on 15 April 2011 by CDW


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May's Humour Fails To Disapoint, 24 Mar 2011
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Seán Ward (Worthing, England) - See all my reviews
James May's elequent style of writing shines through in this book.

Although it is advised you never undertake any of the tasks outlined in the book, it is undoubtedly a very amusing read.

Topics range from:

How to build an escape tunnel from that unholiest of places, Bultins
How to avoid pointless and expensive litigation by fighting a duel
How to deliver twins without making a fool of yourself, or worse, killing anyone
How to drive a Peppercorn Class A1 4-6-2 Pacific Locamotive 'Tornado'
How to invade the Isle of White
How to eat your sadly departed best mate in times of peril
How to defuse an unexploded present from the 'Jerries', i.e. a World War Two bomb
How to woo a woman by playing the First Movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C-Sharp Minor... Opus 27... No. 2... Quasi Una Fantasia... 'The Moonlight'... With no previous experience.
And finally, as the title suggests, how to land an airbus A330

In the course of reading this book, you may get slighlty confused, particularly when he outlines the flight controls for the Airbus, but, by giving James your undivided attention, you will come away from this book feeling happy at the new, so called, "man skills" you have aqquired.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny in parts, 15 April 2011
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May must be quite off his head! Found parts of it quite funny, how to escape from Butlins and how to invade the Isle of Wight, but others less so. Lots of pages diagrams or pictures so less real pages than the actual page count. Quick to read. But you never know when you might need to deliver twins! Probably the only chapter you might remember something from!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, 23 Feb 2011
Great service. And the book is just as you would expect. It's like watching Top Gear when James explains something but Clarkson's voiceover interrupts, only there is no voiceover and the explanation is finished. It's not all a complete joke though, but an enlightening read it certainly is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read and a worthwhile present, 14 Oct 2010
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If you are looking for a stocking filler type Christmas present to suit the more mature - say over 30's - this is ideal.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars `Do not actually do any of this. This book is intended for male fantasy entertainment purposes only.', 14 Jan 2011
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Jennifer Cameron-Smith "Expect the Unexpected" (ACT, Australia) - See all my reviews
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Yes, you should judge this book by its cover. And take, very seriously, this advice:

`Neither the author nor the publisher can accept any legal responsibility or liability for any harm arising from the techniques, advice or situations described in this book.'

But if you want step-by-step instructions on how to land an A330 Airbus in an emergency, how to fight a duel, or invade the Isle of Wight then this may well be the book for you. Especially if you are a man who reads (and follows) step-by-step instructions. You may (or may not) be enlightened by the chapters telling you how to drive the Peppercorn Class A1 4-6-2 Pacific Locomotive `Tornado' and how to deliver twins, and I certainly wouldn't suggest defusing an unexploded World War II German bomb, or preparing and eating your best mate. The other two chapters tell you how to escape from Butlins and how to play the first movement of Beethoven's `Moonlight' sonata.

I enjoyed the first chapter most, and liked the underlying idea that the book came about because James May was bored with the portrayal of men as endearingly hopeless and that there was a need for a book like this which showed men how to do really useful things instead of things like tying a bow tie in fifty different ways in less than 30 seconds.

Whether or not you find this book funny will depend a lot on your sense of humour. I found some parts funny but thought that others were too silly to be funny. But, then, I'm not really part of the target audience.

`The chances that you will ever meet with the circumstances outlined here are, frankly, very remote.'

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny and Well Written, 31 Aug 2010
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Wobette (The Wild West) - See all my reviews
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I brought this as an anniversary present for the man in my life... he is not a great reader but enjoys light hearted stuff and with chapters on invading the Isle of Wight and Eatting your Best Mate I knew this would be right up his street...

James has chosen a number of things that interest him as well as the silly (steam trains, music) and provides hints and tips for the modern man including the use of cover bands to aid in your escape from butlins...

It is not the most densely typed book you will buy this year and there are a lot of well placed diagrams and pictures which break the text up even further.... so a good pick up and flick through book...

And you never know when you will need to challenge someone to a dual if they spill their pint on you in the pub
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read, 31 Jan 2014
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excellent read. my teanage son recomends its need a present for an avid reader. this is it . well done .
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slow Read, 30 Nov 2013
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Thought it was going to be a funny read but it was very slow and hard to get in to.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted read, 12 Sep 2013
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Its fun to pass a few hours, lighthearted irrelevant and in some ways quite interesting, Written in typical James May tongue in cheek style.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 20 Aug 2013
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Very good. Found it to be interesting and funny. First book I have read by this author but will definitely consider buying further books by James May.
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