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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (24 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340936754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340936757
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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Brilliantly funny (Daily Mail)

A book guaranteed to appeal to disorganised slackers everywhere (Mail on Sunday)

'You'll laugh out loud throughout this brilliant and utterly hilarious read' ***** (Closer)

I gave this to my chick-lit reader not realising it was non-fiction. She loved it, quite fell for Mike and was inspired to make her own list. I tell you this to reassure you his fiction fans will love it. (Sarah Broadhurst, Bookseller)

Give it to your boyfriend straight away (Look)

A book guaranteed to appeal to disorganised slackers everywhere (Mail on Sunday)

A hilarious tale of a man's struggle to maturity (Now)

It's a bright read for any dull winter's day (News Of The World)

A funny, inspirational book (Daily Record)

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New, non-fiction departure from number 1 bestselling fiction author Mike Gayle

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Mike Gayle does not 'gild the lily' and paint himself favourably in this year-in-the-life of a writer who decides to make a list of every thing he's ever intended to do and actually DO them.

Some of Mike's items are those we all recognise - clear out the attic, spend more time with children, lose weight, go green - and some are a little more unique to him. Mike feels like an everyman as he struggles with the trials we all do - dieting, exercising, getting rid of his old junk.

Claire, Mike's long-suffering wife sometimes comes across as a little shrewish in the audiobook, though she grew on me through the book, and Mike himself also showed himself as the book progressed to be a loving father (he starts his to-do list just as his wife is due their second daughter).

It's the sort of personal journey every reader can identify with - improving yourself, doing all those jobs you've put off for more important ones. Some of his 1277 items are quite moving ones, some mundane, others mountainous in the commitment required to complete them. I loved reading this, and the audiobook narrator made it a pleasure.

Mike Gayle is a well-known writer, and we get glimpses of the life of a writer through this, as well as that of a regular husband and father, though Mike quite guilelessly shows his own flighty nature (half-finished jobs his calling card). Can this man actually finish something he starts, persevere and learning something from his endeavours?

I found this inspirational, being a list person myself (though not to this extent!), and a very entertaining listen. Mike's voice is honest and down-to-earth. I've read a few of his fiction titles previously and love hearing the 'male point of view' he puts across so well.

One day soon, I might even do something similar of my own... I just hope it isn't quite as long as Mike's!
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This is such a fun read, and a unique idea for a book. Author Mike Gayle decides to make a list of all the things that he has been meaning to do for ages. Unfortunately, his list gets rather large (1,277 items) and he sets out on a quest to tick off all the items.

There are many twists and turns along the way, as Mike struggles with certain aspects, and almost gives up more than once, but this is an uplifting book showing what people can achieve when they put their mind to it.

It's also really funny, and had me laughing out loud on several occasions. I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy this book, as I tend to read mostly fiction, but this is just as good as Mike Gayle's novels and is a very entertaining read. It also reminded me how much I like a good to-do list (and the pleasure of crossing off items on it)! Highly recommended.
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This book is a slight departure by Mike Gayle as he is writing fact rather than his usual fiction. It is about what happens when a man ( Gayle ) decides on the eve of his Birthday to make a list of all of the things he needs to do to be a 'grown up' or like the next door neighbours who are always having posh dinner parties and seem too grown up for words.
The items on the list range from 'Clean up milk from under the fridge' to 'Can double denim ever work' with random subjects in between!
This book is not just a random lists book as Mike Gayle finds out a lot about himself and his interactions between friends , family and life in general.
This is a great book but I wish that Mike had included a brief description of some of the tasks not fully covered in the book along side the list of items at the back of the book!
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By DubaiReader VINE VOICE on 31 Aug. 2011
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Having read and enjoyed Mike Gayle's, Dinner For Two, I had expected a similar light read from The To-Do List. I hadn't expected exactly what the title had warned me - a book about a 30-something guy, attempting to complete a 1277 item to-do list. (Which he must have repeated at least 1,277 times!). The first third of the book was not even about said list - it was about trying to find reasons why he shouldn't actually attempt the list at all!

This was another book that I would have abandoned if I hadn't been listening to an audible version, expertly read by Dave John. Dave just about kept me listening until Mike finally decided he would attempt the list and the book became slightly more interesting.
Assuming that the family members were Mike's true family, then I was left in supreme awe of his wife Claire, who must be the most long-suffering wife on the planet. She put up with her husband's irratic, frustrating, idiotic behaviour with never more than a rolling of the eyes!

On the positive side, the book is a happy book, upbeat, which seems to be a rare enough quality in literature these days. I was also very relieved that he managed to lose his list at one point - because I have never yet to write a list that didn't get lost before completion!
I would consider reading another book by this author, but I'd check that it was a book of fiction before embarking on it.
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Despite the fact that this is the type of book that only published authors would ever get paid to write, there is something oddly compelling about sneaking a peek at another's 'to-do list'. In it, Gayle writes a list of everything he has ever wanted or needed to do and sets about getting it all done before his next birthday, enlisting the help of his friends as referees. Watching him try to complete it, particularly when he frequently appears to teeter on the brink of failure, is quite addictive. A mundane topic but surprisingly able to hold the attention.
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