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How Not to Grow Up: A Coming of Age Memoir. Sort of. Paperback – 6 May 2010
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"A thoroughly entertaining confessional... cheeky, self-deprecating and very human" (Metro)
"If you've ever secretly wondered when you're going to grow up, How Not To Grow Up is one for you..." (Lauren Laverne Grazia)
"Razor sharp and very funny" (Shortlist Magazine)
The misadventures of an immature man in an adult worldSee all Product description
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By the time you get to 40, you're meant to have it all worked out - where your life is going, what the purpose of it is, and probably settled down, married up, and bred - but life just doesn't always work out like that. (There is a plus side, Herring hasn't had a relationship longer than 2 years and that means he's never been divorced and never had to pay obscene amounts of money to an ex-wife, but that is hardly compensated by a life where your best friend is your DVD collection.. or is it?). Where this book differs from yoru standard run-of-the-mill Middle-Aged-Lad-Dad-Dick-Lit is that Herring has a moral compass, a context in which his mistakes are analysed and understood.
As most people never quite managed to live the life he has, and ended up accidentally a grown up with kids and a job, in one respect the self-imposed exile of indulgence sounds like a paradise when I, for example, have to battle a five year not to watch "Ben Ten And The Amazing Monsters" for the 3,742nd time in a day, there is also somewhat of a void, a lack of a narrative that provides a direction for the journey.Read more ›
The last part of the book is given over to a drippy, overwritten account of his final salvation - falling in love. It's so incredibly awful, cliched, flowery and over written, that I kept waiting for a punchline that never came. Terrible.
And I nearly got it.
Richard is approaching 40- and is struggling. All his previous misdemeanors and success's- including fights and sexual conquests- are relived and analyzed in an attempt to hold back the time.
This is a funny book, with serious (and sometimes sad and thoughtful) conclusions. Richard is a more intellectual Danny Wallace, with bigger words and deeper meaning. He is more self introspective in this approach- and the book reaches a suitable ending.
Why not 5 stars? It does have an underlying theme of sadness and desperation which really makes you both feel for AND slap Richard. It's this slapping which stops it being a 5 star for me.
However, it is worth the money, and will make you think and laugh. Out loud. Especially the bit about his previous fights.
Oh go on, get it. You will end up comparing it against your life; and you know you will come out better off.
it's a cliché that all good things must come to an end, and it seems richard herring is well on the slide from worthwhile, funny and satirical comedian into the boring, scatologically-obsessed joke he once parodied.
but clearly he believes he is being very clever at the same time. oh dear.
anyway, the book itself is written in a sickly child-like prose which becomes dull and irritating after a few chapters, while the self-aggrandising (but all the while insisting that they're self-deprecating) encounters are dull and not nearly as insight-worthy as the author seems to want us to think.
even the champagne-bottle-up-the-arse threesome moment was written so badly as to completely undermine the impact.
two stars (it isn't absolutely terrible, merely very bad) is a fair review for this product and unless you can get it for less than a pound, steer clear.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read this book before but after a lending my paper back to a friend and never getting it back I decided to purchase a copy for my kindle. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Adam30
Always liked Richard Herring. It made me laugh....I suppose that's the highest praise you can give.Published 17 months ago by All at sea
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started reading this book but found it really enjoyable. Richard Herring speaks with a blunt honesty about his romantic quests, his... Read morePublished 21 months ago by elaine kirkup
I admit to being a big fan of Richard Herring: his comedy, his podcasts and his book. It’s interesting to read about the man behind the comedy. Read morePublished 23 months ago by MM
Awesome book for anyone approaching 40 .... or anyone who's not aswell. Therefore pretty much an awesome book really. Read.Published on 7 Mar. 2015 by C.Palmer
Richard Herring is an excellent writer, immensely silly while still extremely clever. This is a most enjoyable comic memoir which I'd heartily recommend.Published on 19 Feb. 2015 by Alan Brown