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The Book of Heroic Failures: The Official Handbook of the Not Terribly Good Club of Great Britain Paperback – 1 Oct 1980

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Product details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Futura Publications, London; New edition edition (1 Oct. 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708819087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708819081
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I encountered a copy of this book lying about in a pub some years ago and spent a rather entertaining afternoon reading through it. Quite frankly, it was the best thing since Mother's Pride sliced bread. Unfortunately, some vagabond has swiped it by the time of my next visit and, having forgotten the title, I spent a few years trying in vain to locate a copy. Upon finally tracking it down online, I arranged for delivery. As luck would have it, I was careless enough to have it sent to a former address and never received it. Still, I suppose that some things just weren't meant to be...
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I can't rightly recall the number of times I've read this book, an old favourite in my dad's book collection. A production of the Not Terribly Good Club of Great Britain dating to 1980 (apparently no longer in existence since as a direct result of the book the club gained a sizeable influx of membership and became a roaring success, forcing them to close down), The Book of Heroic Failures casts aside the modern pressures of success and celebrates the wide variety of inadequacies and failures of human endeavour. Whilst the book, at 32 years old, is now a little out of date and cannot bring readers the latest hilarious anecdotes of man-made catastrophe, Pile draws together both historical and more recent tales of disaster on a global scale, and Einstein's reflection upon the constancy of human stupidity is vividly illustrated in a lively and genial writing style. The Book of Heroic Failures has always been good for a laugh in our household.

8 out of 10.
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this book has had me in tears since i first read it about 30 years ago, this will about the forth time I have bought this book as I don't seem to learn by my mistakes, I keep loaning the book out but it never gets returned and I can't remember who I loaned it out too, it's an age thing. I f you are ever feeling down this is the book to pick you again.
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I bought this book for my husband. He had owned the book back in the Eighties and had misplaced it. It is hilarious, a definite one to read. Book was in very good condition for the year.
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By Phil on 7 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
Lost my copy of this some years ago - old book but still very funny - had my wife in fits of giggles for hours!
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Format: Hardcover
A very good reminder of our fallibility as humans, in the trend towards defining success/achievement by streamlined milestones. Don't take life too seriously; you're not getting out of it alive anyway.
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Had a copy of this book many years ago and bought this as a replacement,my father featured in the book and I thought I should have a copy on hand .
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Seriously it's a penny. Just buy it, it's brilliant
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