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Written by: Joel Golby
Narrated by: Joel Golby
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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National Best Seller

"This is a funny and beautiful book. What a little bastard." (Russell Brand)

"Every paragraph is like doing a shot with a friend. A double." (Caitlin Moran)

Joel Golby's writing for Vice and The Guardian, with its wry observation and naked self-reflection, has brought him a wide and devoted following. Now, in his first book, he presents a blistering collection of new and newly expanded essays - including the achingly funny viral hit "Things You Only Know When Both Your Parents Are Dead." In this audiobook, he travels to Saudi Arabia, where he acts as a perplexed bystander at a camel pageant; offers a survival guide for the modern dinner party (i.e. how to tactfully escape at the first sign of an adult board game); and gets pitted head-to-head, again and again, with an unpredictable, unpitying subspecies of Londoner: the landlord.

Through it all, he shows that no matter how cruel the misfortune, how absurd the circumstance, there's always the soft punch of a lesson tucked within. This is a book for anyone who overshares, overthinks, has ever felt lost or confused - and who wants to have a good laugh about it.

©2019 Joel Golby (P)2019 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“Seeing the byline ‘Joel Golby’ means you’re about to ungraciously snort with laughter in a public place. Golby is sharper at dissecting the madness of 21st-century online existence than any other writer. Every paragraph is like doing a shot with a friend. A double.” (Caitlin Moran, New York Times best-selling author of How to Be a Woman and How to Be Famous)

 “This is a funny and beautiful book. What a little bastard.” (Russell Brand, New York Times best-selling author of My Booky Wook and Recovery)

“Using a blend of insightful self-deprecation and almost lovable braggadocio, Golby tackles subjects big and small with the same forensic thinking and enthusiasm.... [He] is great at switching between the poignant and the absurd, observing life both with the wonder of a toddler who has just discovered where you hid the crayons and the confidence of the friend who tells you ‘I got this’ before attempting to fix your vacuum cleaner.” (Adam Kay, The Guardian)

“A writer who can be funny and offhandedly profound at the same time...[Golby] sometimes feels like a kindred spirit to David Sedaris, but younger and more biting.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Laugh out loud funny.

Poignant, meaningful and laugh out loud funny, brilliant x5 is the best audio book I’ve heard to date.

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  • 2019-08-03

Hilarious and unexpectedly deep. Loved it.

The only part I could say was less interesting was a chapter spent with camels, and even that was fantastic.

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  • Manatee
  • 2019-03-20

Definitely a five (5) star audiobook experience

Whether or not you're a longtime Joel Golby instagram follower (not sure how I first came across him but I truly appreciate his brand of Love and Appreciation, and like to consider myself one of his lads despite being female and on a different continent), this is a great listen. Joel's writing and his narration is simultaneously hilarious and comforting. I'm sure reading this in book form is great too but you should seriously hear it read by the author himself for the full experience.