It's Not Me, It's You

Impossible perfectionist, 27, seeks very very very tidy woman
Narrated by: Jon Richardson
Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (111 ratings)

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A control freak looks for love (women who leave wet teaspoons in sugar bowls need not apply). ‘I haven’t woken up with a cup of tea by the bed for seven years. It seems such a small thing but it’s one of a thousand things I miss about having someone around to take care of me. I have spent my entire adult life getting things the way I want them and all I want now is someone to give it all up for.’ Jon Richardson. Is your filing faultless?

Your CDs, apostrophes, cutlery all in the right places? Can you eat a biscuit in the correct way? Then Jon Richardson (single for seven years and counting) could be your ideal man…Living alone in a one bedroom flat in Swindon, 27 year old Jon has had far too much time on his hands to think. In fact to obsess. About almost everything. Jon’s obsessive compulsive personality disorder has seen him arrange the coins in his pockets in ascending size and colour code his bookshelves. It takes him less than 90 seconds to locate a receipt for a pair of shoes he bought in 1997.

Over to the filing cabinet and R for receipts, S for shoes. But Jon doesn’t want to be like this, in fact he would quite like to share his life with someone. But who could that someone be? Someone like himself, a quarrelsome perfectionist only with breasts and less body hair? Absolutely not. But who exactly is Jon looking for and where will he find her? Faced with a loveless future filled with his own peculiar quirks and perfectionism, Jon sets about his search for The One. The question is, will he mind her keeping the knives to the left of the forks in the cutlery drawer or organising the CDs by genre and not alphabetically?

©2011 Jon Richardson (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Different, surprising comedy

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Listening to this book was a surreal experience. You're laughing and almost crying on every page. Jon Richardson's humour takes you totally by surprise, he's so honest and different to other comedians.

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Nice save

Started promising, descending into a dull repetitive drone, and then, in the last few chapters, when I was barely paying enough attention to notice, it became brilliant.
Read for the last 3 chapters.

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it's probably me

I enjoyed it greatly, though my reation alternated between catharsis (me too!) and increased anxiety(oh god, me too!)
also I really hope that Gemma through line was an exaggeration

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  • Lexie
  • 10-10-16

A light and funny read

Worth buying if you want a book of sarcasm and awkwardness of life (basically being single), and I think I've realised why I've always been single for my entire life!

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  • Gordon
  • 04-03-12

Buy this book now

Like me you might be sitting there wondering whether or not to buy this book. The author is funny on TV so i thought I'd buy it and I'm glad I did. Its perhaps the best audio book that I've listened to. Its not an autobiography but its a charming, laugh out loud and wonderful story about someone dealing with being an perfectionist. It gives great insight into the mind of someone with OCD - some positive points, some negative but always with humility.
I can't recommend this book enough.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-19

Easy listening

Although this book was amusing, it's not his usual comedy. You can tell he is reading it from a book and it doesn't sound very natural to listen to. However, it's easy listening. Good for the car as you don't need to concentrate too much. Also very relatable if you have a dark/dry sense of humour or you can find the comedy in an existential crisis!

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  • Orfan sediqi
  • 05-03-19

Loved it!

If you are fan of John Richardson you should read the book it was amazing.

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  • H. Fairwood
  • 10-26-17

Excellent but short

very entertaining, I'm a big JR fan. This book was a lot shorter than I expected.

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  • K Ní D
  • 04-02-17

I wish it was longer

Great book ;I really enjoyed it. Jon narrating it really added to the humour and enjoyment of the book. It finished too quickly though! I wish it was a longer story!

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  • barry8421
  • 09-08-16

Loved him!

Hilarious at times but I like it mostly because we can all relate to so many of the quirks and insecurities we all deal with if maybe not at the same level as John. Well read too.
Ps. I can't be bothered spending time punctuating and restructuring this review to get it perfect..... John would've though ;)

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  • Jake
  • 03-22-15

if you like jon then you'll get what you want here

reasonably funny but I enjoyed mainly it because it was witty and heartfelt. this man is incredibly wise and self aware.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-18

not great

wasint what i expected, strugel to finish it, was going to exchange it but ended up jus finishing it, unless your a super fan of the author i would stay clear.

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  • Jacqui
  • 09-29-18

Tedious

Not many laughs in this book. Just a lot of whinging. Sorry. I like John Richardson but this book just didn’t do it for me.

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  • heather cameron
  • 07-31-20

Simply brilliant

John reminds me a little bit of myself and a lot of my daughter. I loved his truth in telling his story. I laughed and I had one moment I wanted to cry but held it in. (The boots story). What saints his mum and dad must have been, to raise someone that is totally ok with his own personality. We could all take a leaf from his book. Well done John. Can’t wait to read the rest of your books. Don’t stop writing please.