As an author (The really FUNNY thing about being a COP) I know how fiddly it is to write something that people find funny. Stuart had me hooked on the first page. I laughed out loud in that bookshop/coffee shop when I perused the first page. I just had to buy it. I was a little indisposed I have to say, when I took the book home. That's right, I read it on the toilet. Toilet humour, well no not really. Warm fuzzy well written from the heart of the family humour, that's what I got. Spoiler alert: Pete isn't a dick... Well not much of a dick, and certainly not as much of a dick as Stuart. But you know what. I read this book and I love them both. That is how I felt when I got half way through. It made me think of my relationships with my brothers and sister. I love my sister and my younger brother. My older brother - not so much. Yet I wrote a book about him (What's the big deal: the King of Entrepreneurs). I lied about him in that. I don't think Stuart lied about Pete. I admire Stuart for that. I couldn't do it. Stuart did, and did it very well. Basically what I'm trying to say is that every once in as while it is nice, maybe even life enlightening to read something different, out of the ordinary, special. With 'Don't Be A Dick, Pete', you get all that. It's different, out of the ordinary and that makes it special. Not just that but it is funny, heart warming and clever. Don't be a dick, Stuart and write some more 😁
This book is not even close to the genre I would usually go for. It is a book about someone's brother. A typically boisterous, if slightly unorthodox brother plagued by some bizarre animalistic tendencies, but just a bog-standard brother nonetheless. By all rights, this book should barely provide enough content to fill the space between Boris Johnson's ears. However, I was a fan of the author's journalistic pieces, and so went and bought it anyway... and quickly encountered a huge issue.
This book does not last five minutes.
Not that it was too short (at 256 pages it is far longer than the six-year-old-esque presentation of his brother as a big fat stinky pants that I had expected). Rather, it was just too good. The pages flew by before I even realised I'd turned the page. I have completely forgotten where I was at times because I was so engrossed in Stuart's hilarious tales. It's been a while since I finished the book and, to be quite honest, I've forgotten what most of these tales were, but I know that they were simply brilliant. While I think that Stuart's brother, Pete, winds up providing some amusing stories you could later tell your friends in a pub, it takes a certain writer to turn these into a successful book. The style and fluidity with which Stuart writes serves to scale up the hilarity of the original event, and his outlandish similes and epic analogies allow the stories about Pete to shine in all their crude glory.
I only gave the book four stars because, while I really did enjoy the reading experience, I didn't get the urge to run off and tell everyone around me to read it. Perhaps it's the niche aspect of the genre, or the fact that if you didn't already know the author you might wonder why I'm shoving a cover in your face that has the word 'dick' on it. I also found the irony became a little too much for me at times. Stuart presents himself as the 'favourite son', clearly in a hyperbolic fashion, though perhaps based on some unspoken truth within the family. However, Heritage much continues along this same vein for quite a while, finding new ways to present himself as the best thing that ever happened to his parents and the shining saviour in the face of unforgiving doom. After a while, it becomes questionable whether this is supposed to be read in an ironic way or not. You start to think that maybe he does see himself as this golden-haired prodigy that counts for three of his inferior, rubbish younger brother. At the back of your mind it seems obvious that these descriptions were not intended to be taken seriously, but then again, you can't quite be sure...
In spite of all that, I did really like this book. I would love to see something a bit more accessible to a wider audience from this author, but a good start nonetheless.
I've just finished this book and I loved it from beginning to end. It's funny, it's full of comedy stories and anecdotes, it reminded me so much of my own childhood, growing up and family, and occasionally it's laugh out loud funny which is always good in public spaces. Mostly it brought a smile to my face, sometimes it made me think 'oh yeh that's like me when I'm being a dick, maybe I should stop doing that', and occasionally it reminded me of some of life's hard times, but in a way that made it feel like a shared load. Highly recommended.
This is a decent read. I like SH's newspaper columns - he writes well and is generally a pretty funny, likeable guy. I have a brother and there was plenty in this that rang a bell (though my life and that of my brother have not been anything like as intertwined as those of SH and Pete). This is a generally light-hearted memoir, with a few nuggets of touching profundity dotted along the way. There were moments of genuine LOL, there were moments when it felt like a newspaper article had been desperately stretched out into a book. Overall: a good read that'll give you a few chuckles.
Absolutely loved it. Pete is a dick but you want to meet him. The book is written with such warmth, humour and love it's brilliant. I laughed all the way through, I love the bad language! The balance is spot on you end up loving the pair of them and their relationship. Great great read. The only disappointment is that you know he can't really do a follow up.
I’ve always enjoyed Stuart Heritage’s writing, I love his live blogs and reviews in The Guardian so buying ‘Don’t Be A Dick’ was a no-brainer for me and it didn’t disappoint. It is warm and funny and Stuart’s obvious love and pride for his outrageous younger brother shines through, no matter how much he criticises and argues with him.
I absolutely loved this book, couldn't put it down. Intelligently written, laugh out loud funny and touching at times, would recommend to anyone who is need of some serious lols. And is not offended by swear words.
The 'Diarrhoea and Emily' chapter is quite possibly the funniest thing I have ever read. I literally lost it laughing. I am a huge Danny Wallace fan and I think that fans of his would appreciate this book. It's sibling rivalry at its hilarious best. I reckon a TV series could made from this.