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Publisher's Summary

In this book I have attempted to solve each and every one of life's problems. And I have succeeded.

Dear Listener,

Using letters, emails, tweets and telegrams I will show you how the things in your life that make you sad, low or anxious can soon appear trivial, insignificant and like a fish. In short, I will butter your parsnips.

Life is hard. We are a bombarded generation: Facebook, billboards, Twitter, Instagram, taxes, newspapers, watches monitoring our sleep, apps that read our pulse, terrorism. There's such an onslaught to the senses these days it's a marvel any of us manage to get out of bed. I love bed.

While we are overwhelmed and confused by the miasmic cloud of information, there are those that seek to take advantage: there are parking fines, hate tweets, Nigerian email scams and Christmas newsletters from old school friends about their ugly kids. And just as we're getting round to doing something about it, we're distracted again.

I, Joe Lycett, comedian, wordsmith, and professional complainer, am here to help. During my short life of doing largely nothing I've discovered solutions to many of life's problems, which I impart to you, dear Listener. Containing a centurion of complaint letters to unsuspecting celebrities, companies and anyone brave enough to clog up my phone, as well as illustrations, one-liners, jokes and life hacks, this little gem offers you a collection of tips and advice* for all manner of modern woe. By the time you have finished listening to this book you will have learnt how to:

  • Reverse a parking fine
  • Manipulate the tabloid press
  • Navigate social media
  • Respond to hate mail
  • Out-weird Internet trolls
  • Contest a so-called ripe avocado
  • Send the perfect Christmas newsletter
  • Defeat ISIS
  • Take down multinational companies

AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

Joe Lycett x

* If you are looking for guidance with taxes, quitting smoking, moving house, love, divorce, education, health care or anything actually important may I recommend speaking to friends or family members and not consulting a book by a comedian who eats halloumi at least twice a day.

©2016 Joe Lycett (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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Good, but needs more original content

I first discovered Joe Lycett after his video about getting out of a parking fine went viral. Thanks to YouTube, I was able to watch a few more of his stand-ups, then I saw a clip where he was promoting this book. So I checked Audible, and seeing that is was available on here, I promptly dl'd it.

The book is entertaining, and fairly short. However, my enjoyment of his stand-up on YouTube worked against me, as a few of the bits from his act are in the book.

Still, Lycett has a lot of good quips here, there is a good flow to the story, and he genuinely made me laugh out loud several times. "Hopefully" more books are "forthcoming".

The only other thing I would add is that some of the humor (humour?) is uniquely British, so parts of it may not resonate with American listeners. However, I believe there's enough content that anyone can enjoy this book.

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Repeating but entertaining

Sadly it is mainly a repeating of the jokes from his shows, but he still delivers them in a most entertaining way.

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Hilarious

Love being a moron? Joe is your natural leader. Perfect antidote to Trump winning the election

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  • Katie
  • 11-06-16

best comedian of all time

Joe Lycett is my favourite comedian for a number of reasons. He is the stereotypical British complainer, however he takes it 5000 steps further than the ordinary brit with his hilarious whit, glitter and Fox photos. Taking a stab at recent politics and parking enforcement officers is what he does best, and thankfully he does it very well. His multiple aliases rattle the bones off many snobby idiots, ranging from homophobic twats to professional casinos. Britain at its finest.

I now have the tools to piss off anybody who tries to annoy me. thanks Joe.

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  • Laura
  • 10-21-16

Very, very funny

Be careful if you are listening to this while driving. There were times I laughed so much I nearly crashed the car!!

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  • Ed Goodman
  • 11-15-16

Hilarious. Hope you're well xx

Madness and mayhem are two perfect words to describe Joe and any conversation that involves an email from him. A very funny way to spend 3 and a bit hours.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-29-16

Amazing

One of the funniest and wittiest comedians today. This book was a breeze to to listen to, absolutely perfect and I'm already hoping he writes another one.

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  • C Stevenson
  • 01-13-17

Frickin hilarious

This book made me laugh a lot, I love Joe Lickit's work :) listened twice through

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  • WildMike
  • 01-12-17

Superbly performed and hilarious.

Sarcastic and retortive humour at it's finest. Lycett satisfyingly gives life's little irritants both barrels.

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  • Mr. Trevor D. Luckett
  • 01-02-17

great book

loved the book. seen clip on cats do countdown and got book to hear more. very funny.

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  • Gareth Mugridge
  • 11-15-16

Hopefully doth butter these parsnips!

Have listened to this through 8 times in 2 weeks. Brilliant! Joe's performance really excels. SAMANTHA PETERSON!

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  • Helen Leask
  • 11-07-16

if you want to laugh. listen

well that just made me cry with laughter.
seriously funny, brilliantly read. I wish he was my new best friend

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  • Patrick
  • 11-07-16

Made me giggle from start to finish!

What a laugh, Joe and his stories are fantastic, narrated really well, didn't want it to end, can't wait for more!

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  • Emma Deaves
  • 10-17-17

I consider my parsnips buttered

I Lycett a lot. Samantha Peterson is my spirit fox. Joe Lycett is perfection. Cannot recommend enough