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Publisher's Summary

The big things in life look after themselves. Birth, love, death: they're all terrifically exciting, but they happen whether we like it or not. It's the little things in life that cause the most trouble. How do you deal with the million and one everyday challenges?

Help is at hand. For the first time, you can get intelligent, practical tuition on the level you need it: the trivial level. After years of exploring the small pockets in life's backpack in his celebrated "How to" column in the Weekly Guardian, Guy Browning has the rules that can help you move safely and effortlessly through the micro-chicanes on life's byways, including: Should you cross your bridge when someone else is burning it? In a monogamous relationship, is it morally acceptable to tuck your side of the duvet in? What's the clearest way of giving directions to a place you've never heard of? What is the best way of establishing a queue when you are the first person in it? In breastroke, what do you do with your head when it's underwater?

©2005 Guy Browning; (P)2005 Tantor Media

Critic Reviews

"Laugh out loud funny. A brilliant one-off in which everyday matters are skewered with deadpan style and accuracy." (The Sunday Times)

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Dry, droll, very entertaining!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book (read wonderfully by Simon Vance); its mix of helpful (and not-so-helpful) hints and snarky humor reminded me a bit of a British Dave Barry - and I love Dave Barry so that's a good thing! From "How to Potter" to "How to Love" ["Men love women because they are the loveliest things on God's earth. Women love men because chocolate can't mow the lawn."], it addresses a great variety of topics - although I did not find anywhere in the book any bits about jellyfish, so the title remains a vague, almost Zen-like concept {grin}.

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  • Joanne
  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
  • 07-15-08

self help with almost a satirical twist


Although I found this book to be abit British at times...using terms I am not familar with. I overall found it quite hilarious. There were times I laughed out loud...which can be quite embarrasing on a crowded elevator. Hearing it made all the difference; the narration was very well suited. Want a chuckle...this ones worth a try!

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Very amusing!

This was a nice light read (listen) with some laugh out load parts. I especially enjoyed the British humor and references.

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  • Jessica
  • murrells Inlet,, SC, USA
  • 08-03-06

Very Funny

My type of humor. I'm not sure it would be as funny reading it. The dry British accent definately enhances the material.

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Just not funny

I really tried to like this book. Really. I had a weak chuckle every 10 minutes or so. It just isn't very funny...

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