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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ad Lib (4 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843583283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843583288
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book on a whim for the grand sum of 99 English pence, and I can say it's one of the best reads I have had in a long time. I, at 35, have never written a book review (less at school,many moons ago) as usually I can't be arsed! But after reading this I thought sod it. Also I would usually worry if people read this that they may pick me up for grammar etc, but after reading this book I don't care what anyone may think.
If your a 30 something who "can't be arsed" then read this book!! It will change your life, at least a little bit.
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At this point in my life I decided I needed some tough love, I needed a swift kick up the bazooka.
So I bought "How to Get a grip" by Mr Matthew Kimberley and, well, he tells it like it is, basically: Get over yourself, suck it up, stop whinging and get your ass moving forward.

Matthew tells us all to focus on the big picture things: health, family and relationships.
He warns that all too often we get buried in the details, then wake up and go `what the frack happened to my life?'
Matthew sates you are the cause of most of your problems, which means that you are also the solution, so stop getting in your own way! Dag nab it! (Ok, he doesn't say Dag Nab it but he should, it's funny)

What's great is that most of Matthew's advice is common sense, we just need to be reminded every now and then, he's really funny and there's no soft, gooey cotton candy or fluff here. Just simple, straightforward honesty.

If you respond to tough talk, then this is for you. If you need a reminder of the grit and crust of what really matters in life, then this is for you.
I'm not giving it 5 stars because as it turns out I didn't really respond to tough love, I need gentle encouragement, sweet talk and goo - but that's just me.
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This is the funniest book I have read in a long time. It's about time that someone slammed together the self-help and comedy genres. The book certainly takes its own advice and doesn't take itself too seriously.

I too have grown tired of self-help books that take 200 pages to explain a simple concept. They might give you a short-term mood boost, but it's soon over and you're back to square one. Part of the problem is that it's hard to hold lots of complicated advice in your head at the same time during your day to day life. But HTGAG's advice is nice and simple, and the humour helped it to stick inside my brain rather nicely. Sometimes the simplicity is a problem because some of the issues are handled a little *too* lightly for my liking. But combine this book with a few others (I have 4 favourite self-help books that together I think are a perfect package) and I think anyone can be turned into a superhero.

Before reading, I was a bit worried that if this book's advice is all common sense, won't I just find it obvious and boring? Not at all. While reading the book, I had multiple, "Aha!" moments, even though I've read somewhere between 10-20 books in this genre. It hasn't been hard work at all - it's just like someone telling you the answer to a maths problem you've been struggling over for a while.

I preferred the first half of the book. The second half is still good, but I found the humour to be a little less engaging and the advice a little more obvious (therefore less useful).

Summary: I loved this book, it made me cry with laughter several times. I bought several copies for my friends and have been recommending it to many more. So you should buy it too.
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The most direct and simple book on getting yourself sorted out that you will ever read. Have already read it twice.
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I ordered the sample from kindle, and I liked it. The best part was the contents list. I looked at all of the chapter titles. "This," I thought, "is just what I need to get my life back on track. I'm a dreamer, disorganised and unmotivated. I need a roadmap of down-to-earth common sense to get myself sorted out.

But when I read the book all I found was great chapter titles filled with poor jokes, examples I felt weren't relevant to me, and stories I felt were a waste of time.

Perhaps I'll copy down the contents page and write my own book for myself?

I'm seriously disappointed because I really had high hopes for this book.
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For all those who have, at some point, fallen victim to the plethora of Self Help books, which invariably have the result of making you even more anxious, this book IS the answer. Esssentially, the message is an unequivocal "for heaven's sake just get on with it". At the end of the day, there are precious few things over which we do atually have any control, and 99% of that is over ourselves, and NOT other people or things, whatever we may have been trained to think. Responsibility for SELF (no blaming others, however tempting) is absolutely where it is at, and if we do this, life will be simpler and much more effective. It is also full of humour, as we all need this, and not to take ourselves so seriously, and we owe it to ourselves to enjoy ourselves more. Just do it.
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This has been the book I have been searching for many,many years. Like many people, I have navigated the labyrinth of books that have promised everything and delivered nothing. Books that add to the confusion and chaos that reside in our muddled heads. Mr Kimberley in a very engaging jokey and blokey style irons you out in a way that you never though possible. In just three weeks I have gone from hating/fearing my workplace into somebody who just lets it all wash over them. My house is pretty clean (who needs perfect!) instead of an unprepossessing and depressing dump.

It's possible that this is just what people that are self-help junkies (especially we females) are lacking - that inner 'simple Steve' cuts through all the cr*p and gets things done and saves the introspection for the projects that are actually going to move you forward in life. The only suggestion in the whole tome that jars is throwing out the telly - um ... never! But I've found that buying a midi for the living room so the radio/CD are on - and not turning the telly on is just as effective.

Please buy this book - I hope it does for you what it has done for me - Mr Kimberley you are ACE!
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