Places to Hide Hardcover – 5 Oct 2006
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About the Author
Dixe Wills writes a monthly column for culture magazine Third Way and has contributed sections for two books produced by the football magazine When Saturday Comes. A former human rights reporter from Guatemala, he now lives in the relative safety of Bethnal Green.
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Not so Places to Hide, which doesn't pretend to do anything except take itself utterly seriously. The directory-style format of this book doesn't necessarily make for an easy through-read experience - at first it seems it's more of an amusing loo-break pick-up - but the writing is curiously addictive, and once you've started reading some of the entries, you'll find yourself spending hours on the bog (appropriately enough for a hideout book): 'just one more, then I'll get on with the day'.
Dixe Wills has a knack of taking a perfectly ordinary subject and turning it into a batty parallel universe. Forget Irony for Dummies: this is a masterclass in how to get away with the ludicrous by being completely hilarious. In fact, the scenarios he creates are so funny that when someone hammers on the door and asks how long you're going to be, you realise how boring normal life really is.
I defy anyone to read this and not to laugh at least once.
Whether you are a professional hider, enthusiastic amateur or even if you are frankly confused by the whole thing, this book is what you've been waiting for. Where else in modern literature could you come across such linguistic gems as: "Hills - lovely in the wild but far too cumbersome for the average lounge". Wit and hilarity of the highest order.
Shame really, I feel he could have done much more with the ideas in this book, but the whole thing is undermined by the fairly lame, lumbering sense of humour.
Amongst all the hiding places there are other articles about hiding, like a basics guide, how to hide up a tree and how to put on a disguise. There are also articles about famous people that have gone into hiding such as Agatha Christie and Robert the Bruce and why, where and how they hid (these are inspiration for newbie hiders).
The whole book is written with humour, most of it working, the rest not working for me thanks to the usage of some obscure quotes or references or some clever language that I just didn't get. I enjoyed this book and if I ever become a fugitive I may just take it with me.
What a shame! The title and concept really hit a chord with me.. I even quite like the format and writing style.. but unfortunately the finished product is just too weak and clumsy.
It reminds me of my own attempts at humorous writing, whilst still at school.
'6th form humour'..........?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
lovely book with no real stress in reading it. Some places I have known yould be as good but not sure.Published on 25 Mar. 2014 by Euan G. C. Mclusky
i had read a few reviews saying this book was funny......well it isn't...and if your a survivalist forget this book,its useless.. Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2013 by britconfederate
I thought this was going to be a guide to places you could escape to in Britain, but it's written in a supposedly comic manner, with no real useful information and irritated me so... Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2013 by esarempee
In my opinion this is one of the worst books I have ever read or tried to read, I could not make it to the end. Read morePublished on 23 Dec. 2010 by thorne