I Wish I Was the Person I'm Pretending to Be Paperback – 28 Nov 2007
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›