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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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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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  • 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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  • Sean Anderson
  • 08-27-18

ead the book and listerned to it

it was even better listening to it then it was reading the book I found it very relatable and congratulations to John thank you for sharing a peek into your life it really helps make me feel like my problems are not necessarily problems that's all

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  • skaihai
  • 08-20-18

Super book to read, disappointingly short listen.

Just buy the book, it's truly marvellous, don't get this (for whatever reason) abridged version even if heavily discounted which thankfully I did.

As enjoyable as I find Jon's voice the gaps are too large to make it half as good as the written version.

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  • Mell
  • 04-12-18

Great book. Very insightful

If you like the stand-up comedy of John Richardson and want to know more about him, you'll enjoy this book allot

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  • Amy Thomas
  • 03-01-18

always funny great read

loved it was just what I needed to relax and unwind and put a smile on my face

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  • Nicola
  • 11-18-17

Loved it!

Jon Richardson is a brilliant comedian and if you know his work, you will know that he references his OCD a lot, as do other comics who know him well, he once house shared with Russell Howard.

Here, Jon tells stories from his life very openly, injecting his natural talent for humour along the way, but also sharing a lot of the mental challenges he faces as someone who experiences OCD.

I love listening to this book and have done so on many occasions, highly recommended.

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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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  • S. L.
  • 08-06-17

Relentlessly, crushingly bleak.

I love the author's comedy and expected something different here. What I found was difficult to stick with. It's admirable as hell that he opened his soul so wide in this book, but I wish I hadn't looked. Unremitting darkness is all you get. Enjoy!

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  • Karolyn Ní Dhúnaigh
  • 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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  • 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!