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The Little Book of Sham: More secrets than "The Secret" Funnier than "The Tibetan Book of the dead" More urgent than the "Power of Now" by [Martin, Keith]
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About the Author

Keith Martin is a librarian in his hometown of Westport, Ireland. He has enjoyed writer residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and the Heinrich Boll cottage. His hobby is writing film screenplays no-one wants to produce. He served as a Councillor on Westport Town Council from 2004 until 2014, when the council was abolished. He accepts no responsibility whatsoever for its abolition. He was also Deputy Mayor of Westport from 2009 to 2010. He lives alone, by choice, but would like to point out that it was someone else's choice, not his. The Little Book of Sham is his first book. It is also, very probably, his last. Keith is on Facebook and Twitter and you can learn more about him on www.about.me/thekeithmartin

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 331 KB
  • Print Length: 116 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0995520909
  • Publisher: Big In Japan Publications; 1 edition (24 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01ERT2H2I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #437,471 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rating this book could have been really awkward given that I'm related to the author. Fortunately I didn't have to agonise over whether there was a familial obligation to give a good review, as it's a genuinely funny read. I've recommended it to friends, I'd recommend it to anyone.
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Jun. 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a fairly amusing little collection of jokily adapted "inspirational" and "motivational" sayings which is a sort of parody of things like The Little Book Of Calm. Keith Martin has included an epigraph from Wittgenstein: “A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.” Well, this is not a philosophical work and the jokes are OK but often not brilliant, but it's worth a look I'd say.

Some "aphorisms", it has to be said, are pretty familiar, but there's a decent smattering of original stuff here. I'd say that it's likely to induce a wry smile rather than provoke loud laughter. To give a flavour, a few random (and clean!) selections are:

"Life is short and often brutal like a job interview. So be yourself. On no account be Piers Morgan."

"Nothing lasts forever, except sofa sales"

"Idle hands used to do the 'devil's work'. Today they post updates on Facebook.
Though it may be the same thing."

This is a book to dip into from time to time for a few pages, which will amuse, I think. Reading the whole lot at once gets a bit much, but I can recommend it as an entertaining little collection.

(I was sent a free e-copy for review.)
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Format: Paperback
Really enjoyed this book!! When you think you have heard all the funny one liners you can rely on this book to give you lots more...... I have to admit I have been BORROWING many of them and sliding them into conversations with great success. It had me giggling like a 12 year old girl even though I'm a middle aged .... and a man !!! Def a great stocking filler
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Liked it, but didn't Love it, a good quick read. Quite funny in parts, but less funny (or maybe less clever) in others. There are some unique gems in here though that lift it above similar self publisheds, I'll be lending this to others with a "Go on, you might like this..."
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I like this book. I didn't know what to expect but I knew it would be different. It turned out to be a funny read. I enjoyed it and it made me smile and gave me a few laughs. It's kind of a parody on self-help books like The Little Book of Calm except it's more cynical and amusing. It's a little book of sayings. That's about the only way to describe it. Fun quick read.
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Keith has really reached out, in this little book, and grabbed some of the whirring thoughts which occupy even the most open mind, analysed them and peppered them with his own unique blend of humour. Both charming and witty, with lots of laugh out loud moments. Excellent! Looking forward to reading more from this very naturally talented Author.
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good, but i want to know when the emoji edition is being printed
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Definitely had a wry smile after reading this book. It is witty and overall a fun read. If you are bored or just have a couple of minutes to spare - grab this book and you'll be entertained!
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