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5.0 out of 5 stars completely addictive, 23 Oct 2006
This review is from: Places to Hide (Hardcover)
There are lots of so-called 'humorous' writers out there but in the case of many such books (eg. Lynne Truss), the humour wanes pretty quickly and/or becomes repetitive/obvious/forced/generally boring/silly.

Not so Places to Hide, which doesn't pretend to do anything except take itself utterly seriously. The directory-style format of this book doesn't necessarily make for an easy through-read experience - at first it seems it's more of an amusing loo-break pick-up - but the writing is curiously addictive, and once you've started reading some of the entries, you'll find yourself spending hours on the bog (appropriately enough for a hideout book): 'just one more, then I'll get on with the day'.

Dixe Wills has a knack of taking a perfectly ordinary subject and turning it into a batty parallel universe. Forget Irony for Dummies: this is a masterclass in how to get away with the ludicrous by being completely hilarious. In fact, the scenarios he creates are so funny that when someone hammers on the door and asks how long you're going to be, you realise how boring normal life really is.

I defy anyone to read this and not to laugh at least once.
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Initial post: 26 Mar 2009 21:23:26 GMT
This is not ludicrous. Although the book has a humorous aspect *, that is not its primary function, or at least not as far as I am concerned. Its purpose is to provide a gazetteer of places suitable to hide in. It is perfectly serious in that regard, and these are all real places. It caught my eye, actually, because I have visited the building pictured on the front cover, the disused WW2 pillbox type structure near Burnham-on-Crouch.

* If anything I find the humour side of it a bit irritating. The writer comes across as some kind of Urban75 type sub-hippie. I don't know if he is that kind of person but it certainly seems like the same kind of sense of humour that those people often have.
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