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147 Things: My user's guide to the universe, from black holes to belly buttons.

A hilariously brilliant and very personal guide to this thing we call life, from YouTube superstar Jim Chapman.

Life is weird.

Nothing gives you a sense of perspective like finding out just how weird.

I'm an extremely curious chap and with this book I wanted to share the content of my noggin, because I think these are the 147 things that have helped me through this thing we call life. Sometimes because it shows how lucky we are to be here at all, but often because I'm a moron and learned whatever lesson it taught me the hard way, and I'd like to save you the pain of making the same mistakes (I refer here to the waxing of my pubic hair).

Ever wondered if first times are over-rated (hint: they are), whether you'll ever find the one (hint: there are seven billion of us) or pondered the sheer unlikelihood of the you who is you being in the world right now? If so, then YouTube superstar and fact-obsessed, over-sharer Jim Chapman is here to explain it all - whether it's why your heart actually aches after a break-up, what's happening when you get hangry, or why people are just so plain rude online.

Along the way, we'll find out how much fun he has when Tanya's sleep-talking and why he looked like a gangly T-rex with wonky teeth when he was a teenager. As with his videos, no subject is off-limits, as Jim lifts the lid on his life and his relationships, sharing embarrassing stories and things he's learnt along the way (trust us, the thing about kangaroos will really freak you out).

Read by Jim in his own unique style, this audiobook contains an exclusive interview with Emma Gannon, author of Ctrl + Alt + Del.

©2017 Jim Chapman (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Absolutely amazing.

It’s one of the best books. It’s interesting and fun. Jim is hilarious and extremely informative.

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  • Gemma
  • 10-06-17

Bloody Brilliant!

Over the last day I have listened to every second of 147 things ... minus thing number 64 (or there abouts) about amputation of fingers due to my queesy stomach over this exact thing! Jim has written a book that I can imagine would appeal to everyone, every age (I'm 29) and from anywhere. The facts and anecdotes bring about a full range of emotions, over arched by my pure fascination of what the next 'thing' was going to be. What a brilliant, brilliant book. Thanks Jim!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-17

Knowledge of the universe

Fantastic read, including anecdotes from Jims life and personal experiences along with many great facts of literally everything the universe has to offer. Even from listening to the audio book I've learnt so many new and quirky facts that I can pass on. I've even told the story about the kangaroos and how the joeys feed on the mothers, spoiler alert, on a night out to break the ice. Highly recommend a read. So much hard work put in by Jim and you can really tell how passionate he is about what's he written.