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I Wish I Was the Person I'm Pretending to Be Paperback – 28 Nov 2007

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Foulsham (28 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0572034024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0572034023
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,484,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jack Gardner holds a teaching qualification as well as various diplomas in film. He is currently Creative Director of an advertising and design company, and he also lectures part-time at Bath Spa University College. He has written several plays and a film that were produced for television during the 1970s and 80s. His hobbies include writing and visiting Japan - it is his interest in Japanese culture that prompted him to write his collection of aphorisms, Words Are Not Things. He warrants a full-page entry in James Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists.

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Oh Jack. Lovely concept. Eye-catching cover with many fonts and colours. And a promising tag-line - "Transform your Personal and Professional Life and Become the Person you Really Want to Be". My self-help radar began to bleep; this would surely be about the various roles we play, the many facets of modern life and relationships, how we might adapt the best bits of our heros' characters to create the best possible version of ourselves. I've spent many a happy/unhappy hour wanting to be Madonna, Catherine Z-J in Chicago, and even, Neil Tennant. Or Prime Minister. So this neat and approachable-looking volume was appealing in its honesty and wishful thinking; we are all pretending to be someone.

How my heart sank, Jack, when I spotted the phrases "Relationship crap?" "kick ass, lie, back stab" and "Do not kill/ get rid of a bad manager" in your introduction. This was not the tone of a personal development guru who wanted to be taken seriously, and the zany choice of font echoed that.

Because I don't like the word "crap", missing hyphens or the concept of killing, I began to disconnect with the book, which was not a promising start, since I was only on page one. But, I persevered.

Jack Gardner's second book consists of his own words of wisdom in large font, filling half of each page, followed by a pithy explanation in a small and wacky typeface underneath. A bit like The Little Book of Calm, which I think we've all had on our bookcase at one time or other, but - unlike that mini tome - this is the size of a paperback novel, and has not yet topped the bestseller list.

Self-help books are sometimes accused of being drifty and whimsical, hard to follow and impractical. By contrast, Jack's tone is impatient, brisk and punchy.
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