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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet; Reprint edition (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444708694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444708691
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nothing funnier or wiser has been published all year. (Daily Mail)

Superb, splenetic, self-lacerating, hilarious and heartrendering. (Gyles Brandreth)

Uproariously funny, tremendously clever and irresistibly lovable. (Rupert Christiansen)

The jokes come thick and fast. (Express)

A liberating, life-affirming read. (Independent)

Enormously entertaining (Evening Standard)

Wonderfully funny (The Spectator)

'Unremittingly glorious. I and the world demand more and we shall thump our tin mugs on the table demanding it until we are satisfied.' (Stephen Fry)

There is only one writer alive today who is as mordantly funny as Kingsley Amis, as acute about human misery as Philip Larkin, and as brilliant in skewering pretension and vanity as both. His name is Roger Lewis... Nothing funnier or wise has been published all year. If you love someone buy them this book. If they don't appreciate the gift then purge them from your life. (Michael Gove, Mail on Sunday)

'Uproariously funny, tremendously clever and irresistibly lovable' (Rupert Christiansen, Mail on Sunday)

'Roger Lewis's new memoir takes us on an anarchic rollercoaster ride through what is probably the nearest thing to an autobiography he will ever write. Numerous hilarious routines jostle in the pages for attention. Lewis's strength is that behind all his acrobatics there is a richly stocked intellect at the controls. Stylistically he is ultramodern, a deracinated 'everyman; for the 21st century. (Duncan Fallowell, Telegraph)

'The funniest book of the year. What Am I Still Doing Here? by Roger Lewis is a wonderfully splenetic journal - part-diary, part-diatribe - by a man who rages with an indignant eloquence against the modern world. But Lewis' furious rants are never far from hilarity, and his anger is redeemed by flashes of pur poetry. Like all the best comics, Lewis is a disappointed optimist rather than an outright cynic, and it's this thwarted idealism which makes this such a liberating, life-affirming read.' (Independent)

'The jokes come thick and fast, the humour runs deep and dark. Among the belly laughs, Roger Lewis gifts us plenty of thought-provoking diamonds.' (Graham Ball, Sunday Express)

He can be lethally catty and he also has an unfailingly sharp eye for absurdity. He is wonderfully funny, with a uniquely skewed take on the world.' (John Preston, Spectator)

'There's nobody else in the history of the world who is simultaneously as crude and dangerous or so gentle and poetic... Lewis, with his original and eloquent voice is nothing less than heroic.' (Esquire)

'Lewis is a marvellously wayward spirit, as well-versed in lavatory humour as in the classics, capable of taking in the gutter and the stars at a single glance.' 5* (The Lady)

'Enormously entertaining... It is generous, sincere and intelligent, and shows that Lewis is more than just the angry buffoon he paints himself as.' (Evening Standard)

What Am I Still Doing Here? by Roger Lewis is one of those reads that is full of grumpy, thunderous, brilliantly funny observations (Robert Bathurst, star of Downton Abbey, Daily Express)

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From the author of the critically acclaimed Christmas bestseller Seasonal Suicide Notes.

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An excellent enjoyable read. Waspish comments about many well known personalities in
the theatre and poitical world, Mr Lewis is not afraid to trample on some highly over-groomed
toes. A witty and comical riot of well tuned words.
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And on the back of that dubious season, Roger and his publisher are going to try to persuade you to buy this awful book for your loved one. Now it may be that your relative is male, white, aging, cantankerous, conservative and that this book might appear to offer an easy solution to the Christmas present problem. However, if you have any vestiges of love left for him browse on through Amazon and find another one.

Let me select a fairly random line:'The radiographer said my liver was 'fatty' to which I was tempted to reply "and you're an ugly tw@t..up the b@m and no babies to you." Characteristic Lewis misogynism, but is it even funny?

Here's another excerpt: 'If I said I was Oscar's pre-op lesbian, transgender, one-legged, black, vegan, Mohammedan asylum-seeker, no doubt all doors would immediately be opened' (you don't really need to know the context). Even to those of the political bent to nod their head in agreement to this sort of tedious claptrap, is it actually humorous?

Well, I don't know. Some like Clarkson too. I will say no more. If you really think your elderly male relative needs a hardback full of whining self-pity, fatuousness and bigotry, then go ahead and make his Christmas. But you'll find the contents of a Christmas cracker cheaper, shorter and, above all, funnier.
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Seasonal Suicide Notes had me in stitches from beginning to end, so I was looking forward to this. Not disappointed either. It deserves five stars if only for suggesting that Bruce Forsyth might put "Dulce Te Videre, Te Videre -- Dulce!" on his coat of arms.
Life with Our Rog must be hell on earth, but at a distance he's hilarious.
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Just writing a review because none of the other reviewers have
pointed out that Roger was brought up in the Welsh valleys in the early
1960s. The way he writes about those times and places was very interesting
to me. I can just about remember my Edwardian grandparents in
Swansea etc. Roger seems constantly suprised to find himself living in today's current times.
The juxtoposition of then and now sets the whole tone for the book.
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Mixed feelings! Someone well-known recommended this book as a "must" in the press recently, so I bought it. While the book IS fascinating and entertaining ,I think it is very much for (a) a cultured British reader and who would be familiar with the many people and places the book covered and also(b) a very well- read person with patience to understand the author's mindworking.
Ít left me with a slightly sad feeling for the author, perhaps that is due to influence by the title of the book . Easily and best read in chunks.
As I am a "colonial...." British person,with a modified British sense of humour,it was not my favourite cup of tea, but fun nevertheless.
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Format: Hardcover
Are you bright, informed and quite angry at the State Of Things? Do you enjoy laughing until you weep? Then Lewis' latest is right up your street. He is absolutely my favourite social commenter, but in this book, there are plenty of glimses of his work as a critic and serious writer as well. But being me, it's the bits where Professor Lewis is getting aerated over something (the incident at the craft fair still has me laughing out loud) or observing how it would be to live in a housing development called Hernia Forum. Terrific.
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Friends, buy this for all your friends! Coming out of a tough time, this book has kick-started me back into the land of the living. Dr Lewis's insightful rage is often deeply offensive, and there is joy in that, because it lifts one out of absurd self-regard. His rage is carthartic, and his tremendously articulate and eclectic observations, from the trivial round of Bromyard to the posturings of the great and good, are bracing and more often than not hilarious. Underneath, there are profound insights, such as the comments on the suppressed or repressed emotions in Benjamin Britten's music, for example. Pob parch iti, Dr Lewis, a diolch o galon am mwynhad o'r eithaf....bravo, Dr Lewis, and heartfelt thanks for extreme enjoyment.
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I have only one question. Why is this book not still the number one humour best-seller? If you are old enough (30+) and clever enough (proper degree from a proper university, not a jumped-up former polytechnic) you cannot fail to laugh out loud at every page. Hidden beneath the dyspeptic world view is beautifully written prose that says everything that should, and needs to be said about the UK today. If you value good writing and an an uncompromising view of life rush to order this now.
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