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  • Written by: James Mullinger
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  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
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Brit Happens

Written by: James Mullinger
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Publisher's Summary

Winner, New Brunswick Book Award (Non-Fiction)

One Sunday afternoon in a tiny postage-stamp garden, James Mullinger made the life-altering decision to give it all up: the London pubs, bustling city streets, and a flourishing comedy career. But where in the world would he and his partner raise a family? The English countryside? Toronto? New York?

Hmmm. How about St. John … sorry, Saint John, New Brunswick?

Brit Happens chronicles Mullinger’s lifetime of adventures, from his beginnings as a shy and nervous kid collecting comedy records at the neighborhood video store, to rising through the ranks of GQ magazine and meeting his personal idols Jerry Seinfeld and Paul McCartney, to imagining the possibility of another life in Canada. From the highs and lows of London to beginning anew in New Brunswick, Brit Happens tells gut-busting stories of success and failure and the unpredictable grind of stand-up comedy. It also offers a laugh-out-loud look at life in Atlantic Canada from the region’s funniest outsider-turned-local.

©2022 James Mullinger (P)2023 Goose Lane Editions

What the critics say

“I don’t even like British people, but I love James Mullinger and Brit Happens.”—Mary Walsh

“In Brit Happens, Mullinger masterfully straddles the line between objective and inclusive, culturally and geographically. He gently pokes us with a stick while being one of us. I can’t wait for the Brit to hit the fans!”—Jonathan Torrens

“James Mullinger is my favourite comedian friend who has relocated from England to New Brunswick. And I’m not just saying that because he is the only one. Brit Happens is a great glimpse inside the mind of a British man who becomes more Canadian seemingly by the minute and who might just appreciate the magic of the Canadian Maritimes even more than born and bred Atlantic Canadians. Which I realize might be fighting words to Atlantic Canadians. So fight him if you want to, I guess. But you’ll be fighting one of your own.”—Steve Patterson

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Continuously laughing!

My husband and I have seen James live many times, a night of stomach pain from lighter each time.

I was excited to listen to his book on Audible during my boring drives between Sussex and Saint John for work and it DID NOT DISAPPOINT!! James is spot on with the demeanor of Atlantic Canadians. This book shows so many funny differences between his life in England and life here in Atlantic Canada. I really enjoyed listing to his trials and tribulations of becoming a comedian in both countries.

Thank you James for bringing to life what a beautiful part of Canada we live in. Because of you, New Brunswick is beginning to become more than just the “Drive through Province!!”

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A great story teller

A great book by a great storyteller. Thoroughly enjoyed this audio book from beginning to end. Lots of laughs and would highly recommend.

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Why New Brunswick?

I wasn't sure what to expect before reading but as a fellow Brit who moved to New Brunswick 10 years ago, I felt like I would be able to at least relate in some part and enjoy some much needed laughs. It turned out to be pure comedy gold mixed with an amazing advertisement for a Province I have grown to love and call home. It made me laugh, cry, and invest in a box or two of wine.

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Storytelling, comedy and life combined

The traits of a good storyteller is their ability to keep the reader engaged and wanting to hear more. This book does just that! It made me laugh, cry and wonder with excitement what was going to happen next. Whether your ere from the UK, the Maritimes, or anywhere else, there’s something for everyone between the covers!

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