James May's Man Lab: The Book of Usefulness Paperback – 7 Jun 2012
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If you are looking for a DIY book which tackles basic household repairs and projects, consider this one. May's wit and genuine interest makes the book a delight to read. (Manly Daily, Australia)
Accompanying James May's 6 part prime time TV series - his mission to save modern man...See all Product Description
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His DVD with the same title is amusing and - yes - informative. May wants to make real men out of us men. He designs sinks out of concrete, he deaktivates an old german bomb, he builds a cinema and and so on... (This DVD is a must-have for every May-fan.)
So his DVD is like a benchmark for his book. Sadly, the book can't reach the high standard of the DVD.
This book is a lifeless and not very funny book for home handymen. How do I repair a toaster or a water tap? What is a hammer? You see, not very absorbing... The few articles with real "thrilling" headlines (haunted houses in Great Britain, how do I bring the football in the goal during a spot kick...) aren't very funny nor very informative.
But although as a guide for handymen you can't use this book. The articles are to short and I doubt you can use this book while repairing your water tap.
James May is imho one of the best tv-moderators. That's his terrain, there he could be funny, there he could show his countless talents. Writing isn't his ability. Therefore this book is one of the countless average books on the market. A middle-rate book out of a high-standard tv-concept.
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I genuinely love May, but this book is just a big crap.Published 13 months ago by Jorge Belenguer Ferrer
Huge hit with my husband. He reads it whilst on the loo! It has pride of place on our bathroom shelf. It must be very humorous judging by the laughter that comes from the bathroom!Published 21 months ago by Kate85
I'm sure this book is great, but I lent it to a sick friend in hospital and now even though they made a full recovery they will not give it back to me. Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2014 by andy
It's a book. A very good book. Good condition with only a little tear on the front cover, otherwise fine. Quick delivery. Love James May.Published on 26 Dec. 2013 by AS
Great price & delivery. Would buy again if required. Running out of things to write - it's a pressie so haven't read it.Published on 6 Sept. 2013 by RogerS