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A Little Book of Lies (or Penguin Gynaecology for Beginners) Paperback – 3 Feb 2006
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Eighteen hundred amusing lies and not a scrap of truth to be seen. Judged as being "extraordinarily witty" by The Revd. Charles Chlamydia (1823-1881) while Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) said "I don't get it, and anyway I've been dead 113 years, why are you asking me?"
From the Author
STEVE SAYS: Rich and I first met in the mid Nineties in a pub called the King Edward VII in Stratford, E15. Recognising in each other the exulted art of Talking Utter Bollocks we started writing our own book - Rich set up a website that was little more than a drop point for ideas, to be tidied up in the editing.
When it was deemed ready (1800 ish lies or 50,000 words - we reckoned that was about 200 pages), I started hawking it round publishers, but it became clear that without an agent, no-one was interested, and agents 'weren't taking anyone on, love'.
The moment of revelation came in the humour department of Waterstones on Piccadilly in London; 90+% of the books in there were, frankly, shit. Books with one joke repeated ad nauseam, lousy full page single gag comics, all sorts of crap - and it got published! One can only assume the authors had an 'in' to the market. Suffice to say, the publishers didn't seem to be interested, so we found out how to do it ourselves instead, simply because our book is funnier than the vast majority of the potential landfill on the shelves out there. We took the attitude that if the publishers won't play with us, we'll play with ourselves instead. Hang on, can I rewrite that bit?
Originally published in 2006 and then reissued in a second edition in (apparently) late 2008 but really in early 2009, this book had been subject of many rejection letters from publishing houses and agents alike, which is a shame because it's really very funny. It does seem to be a bit Marmite; you'll lve it or hate it.
If you find the version with the cow on the front, that's the second edition. Buy that one.See all Product description
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The best place to read this is in a public place. On the train into work I was laughing so much I felt duty bound to explain why to my fellow passengers. As well as bringing a little ray of sunshine into your otherwise dull lives, The Little Book of Lies also cures overcrowding on public transport. After a few pages I had the whole carriage to my self. And the guard didn't even approach me to sell me a ticket. Amazing.
If you read this while on the can though, be warned. You'll start flicking through and reading a few random untruths but it's one of those books you can't put down. Before you know it, 25 minutes will have passed and you'll have pins and needles in your feet and aching sides. It really is very funny. Embarrassment at your length of stay will force you to go and buy your own copy so get it here and now and read it in safety before it's too late.
I liked it so much, I purchased a second copy for my sister.
Caution should be taken, however!
It is quite possible that you'll laugh in such an eye watering hysterical fashion, the puddle of tears which form at your feet as a result may lead to an incident of drowning.
If you like complete and utter nonsense, this book is perfect for you! What are you waiting for? Buy it!