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I used to read this at work inbetween Window Cleaning jobs, each page or 2 is like a new topic so very easy to pick up and put down again. It's so funny, I would be laughing loudly all the way to the next customer! My Dad used to say 'Are you reading your giggle book again?' It also makes for great bathroom/toilet reading. I used to keep a few funny books by the loo in my old flat, but found that visitors would often be gone for a long time, and then you would hear them giggling!
Beautifully British and uproariously funny.
Deeply, satisfyingly funny! What a gift to be able to write these two-page pieces about, How to... organise a village fair/sulk/read a Sunday paper/keep your dentist happy/be a revolutionary/do fancy dress/live together, and many, many more. A couple of examples: on sulking 'Sulking is emotional strike action. You still function as a human being, but you work to rule... The big dilemma with sulking is whether you should slope off to another room to do it. Remember that out of sight is out of min...
An anthology of Guy Browing's How to.. from the Guardian's Weekend magazine, this is an invariably chuckle-raising, and occasionally laugh-out-loud hilarious collection of guides on coping with the trivialities of life. His column, always accompanied by a brilliant illustration, was always the first thing I flicked to.Written with real wit, and surprising honesty, Browning has a real eye for detail. I dare you to read the How To.. Mingle without cringing in recognition!Strangely, the How To.. Ma...
This is a bit of a Marmite book. I thought it was hilarious, but when I read bits out to my husband he was underwhelmed. The topics are grouped under section headings, like love and marriage, and each topic is only two pages long. They basically give advice, which contains wry comments on life.
I thought this would be a fun book to flip through (and it did make me chuckle a few times) but I'm bummed that it wasn't as funny as I'd hoped it would be.
The humor is so dry here, I almost missed it.
A good book to pick up and put down. very short chapters. Every 2 pages is a new subject. Not really laugh out loud funny but entertaining...ish.....
A funny book - I liked it alot
I want to start off by saying this is probably the book I enjoyed listening to the most in 2016. The content is hilarious but Simon Vance is just a brilliant narrator. Almost a David Attenborough feel. I believe this is a compilation of Guy Browning's How To newspaper articles so they are short and sweet little snipits. Perfect to use as a bathroom reader. I was about 35% of the way through listening to this book when I could sum it up perfectly. I wrote in my Book Review Journal(ish type thing)...
I loved this. Although written for the British audience (e.g., lots of references to having tea and British slang) most, if not all, of the page and a half sections are universally applicable. Each section is named "How to .... -fill in the subject - (eg., Tell a Joke"; Look Sauve"; Propose Marriage"; Have a Tiff"; etc. And they are all funny to boot!
Does not mention jellyfish once in the book. Nor does it tell answer any of the questions on the back blurb. It is a vaguely humorous, slightly cynical set of how to guides. The best ones are on sleep - as a couple of the suggestions were new to me and actually sounded useful - and on going to church - which is actually funny.
Seemed like it was written by someone who knows what humour is, but is unable to create stories with punchlines. The book seemed to have a very supercilious air about its writing and I'm afraid that although I could see what was meant, I didn't laugh. Not one for keeping.
Most of the pieces in this collection are absolutely hilarious. I particularly like the visit to the optician's and how to sulk, something that my partner has developed to perfection. A must read for gloomy days.
Guy Browning is the snarky British guy that lives in your head commenting on your daily life where no topic is safe from his satire. Might be my new go to do graduation presents.
This is one of the most delightful books I've read in a long time. It had me literally laughing out loud alone in my house.
Interesting look at life. I kept wondering why was this book written. I spot read through the book to see if it would change. To each his own. It was not mine.
A charming, harmless piece of whimsy. Probably becoming a little bit dated now but enjoyable nonetheless.
Listened to it on audio book, as a good laugh and a refresh for British humor!
This book will dip you into the funniest ways of tackling life’s mundane acts, with a panache that will save you from ever being hit by a spade or maybe not! ;)
British satire at its absolute best.
I was only able to get half-way through. The first four pages are hysterical, and then not so much.
So funny and true in some ways. Definitely worth a read
my kind of humor
They say laughter is the best medicine. This book is just that with its deadpan humour and the exact thoughts you were thinking every morning such as How to...wake up. Guy Browning put together his collection from his Guardian columns to compile this excellent easy read of Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade.The book is great for humour that relates to everyday life. You can see how much fun he is having in the writing by his fluency and intellect. He pokes fun at everything from the sports athle...
I really enjoyed this book, but I found it almost impossible to read in one sitting. The constant switching of topics almost became tedious, so I slowed down and read it in short bursts. This worked out much better and I found myself laughing out loud again.The guys I work with are probably tired of hearing me read sections aloud to them. But they were the ones who kept asking what was so funny when I couldn't help laughing out loud. It got more than a few chuckles and a couple of confused look
I was unfamiliar with Mr. Browning's talents, not being a regular subscriber to "The Guardian", and not having regular contact with witty Brits. I found this book quite delightful, a very good book to have around for those times when you have "a few minutes to read" or must read in a "distracted" environment (on a train/plane/bus or during an OWS protest). This is what Dave Berry might be like if only Dave had more wit and less words. Simple ideas like, "Flattery is vertical foreplay" sum up the...
This book filled with 2 page articles about how to do . . . was very entertaining. Written as column pieces independent in themselves, they are easy to pick up and read when you have a spare moment or two. His British sense of humor made me laugh at out at many of the articles. He described exercise as any kind of movement you wouldn't ordinarily make it normal life! Extreme sports he describes as new ways of killing yourself and then extracting the death part at the last minute! He states that
Do you find yourself stumped by life's little challenges? Are you uncertain of the proper way to argue? How about flirting? If you've faced these tough situations and been unable to formulate the proper response, pick up Guy Browning's guide and laugh yourself silly. You won't really find any serious advice, but you'll have a wonderful time learning to see the ridiculous in all the little things that we often find difficult in life. I listened to the audiobook version, narrated by Simon Vance, a...
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