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A Little Book of Lies (or Penguin Gynaecology for Beginners) Paperback – 3 Feb 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher:; First Edition edition (3 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411675819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411675810
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,057,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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