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"'A brilliant one-off, in which everyday matters... are skewered with deadpan style and deadly accuracy' Caroline Gascoigne, Sunday Times Christmas Books"
Guy Browning's Christmas bestseller is FINALLY available in paperback:
'A brilliant one-off, in which everyday matters... are skewered with deadpan style and deadly accuracy' Caroline Gascoigne, Sunday Times Christmas BooksSee all Product description
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I laughed a lot, but I have really come to like the ingenuity and style of the short columns. Every one is an exercise in verbal pyrotechnics.
'Bitter people aren't glass half full or glass half empty people. To their minds, some malicious bastard has drunk the other half of their glass.'
'Occasionally, a barber will ask you whether you want something for the weekend. By this he doesn't mean a bag of charcoal briquettes.'
I find he always seems to fix on that detail you've always wanted to draw attention to, but never quite managed to put it into words. It's really difficult to get through a novel if you've got a busy job, so reading one or two of these pieces before you go to sleep at night is a real joy.
This book is applicable to all so a great present for absolutely everyone - and how often can you say that? Though as it is written in handy two-page bites and it'll fit snugly into a pocket or little handbag, it should come with a warning that you'll be crying with laughter on the bus. Other than that, I just can't recommend it enough.
the second piece of advice is buy this book.
If you enjoyed (like i did) the little excerpt regarding 'lifts' on Amazon you will not be disappointed with the rest of the book. I particularly liked the sections on how to run a bath and how to keep tidy. Seriously funny!!
Are you still reading? It's simple - click the 'buy' button and enjoy a very funny book
Guy Browning’s series of five hundred How to… columns in the Saturday edition of the Guardian, which finished in 2009, remains one of my favourite columns of all time thanks its absurdist satirical view of everyday life. This book is the second collection of these columns – a follow-up of sorts to the previously released Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade.
The fact that I find each individual column laugh-out-loud funny means that the book is like a little bundle of hilarity. I read this pretty much in one sitting, but it’s also the perfect book for reading at random, in odd moments – after all, each column is only about 500 words, and each is an individual nugget of joy. Read it when you’re stressed at work and need some light relief, read it while relaxing on the beach, or read it on the toilet. All are decent options, although reading it at work might be inadvisable if this book makes you as prone to outbursts of laughter as it does me.
If you want a taster of what you’ll get in this book, all Browning’s columns are available on the Guardian website. You can read up on how to use a library (aka brothels of the mind), how to wiggle (after all, pleasure is wiggle shaped), or – if this review isn’t doing it for you – read up on how to sulk. I should confess that I’m writing this review in a coffee shop, and have attracted some strange looks thanks to the outbursts of laughter that re-reading those columns has produced.
I cannot give this book anything other than five stars. It might be the case that the slightly strange humour of this book passes you by, but for me, this is pure comedy gold, and I can only highly recommend it.
Short pithy chapters on the subject of life. Guy Browning is very observant, and is able to make fun of the silly things that we all do. A lovely antidote to a miserable day.
I found some chapters much funnier than others, but every one made me smile and some keep me giggling for the entire day.
Each chapter be read in a matter of minutes. I find it best to read just a few chapters at a time - reading too much at once makes me somewhat immune to the humour, which is a shame, because it really is very witty. A good book for the smallest room.
In places a little sarcastic and/or infantile, but this is not a constant theme. Mostly just very funny.
Each little chapter covers one subject such as "how to queue", "how to parallel park" "how to sunbathe" and each piece is only around 2 pages long, so it is easy to dip into. There is a wealth of wit in these pages. Get yourself a copy and enjoy!
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I love these Guy Browning books, they are always very relatable and a fun read.Read more
A daft read and ideal for the toilet library.