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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (268 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Guy Browning Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9781400171767
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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 Weekend Guardian, Guy Browning has the rules that can help you move safely and effortlessly through the micro-chicanes on life’s byways, including:

  • How to evaluate a bottle of wine (if the alcohol content is less than 15 percent, send it straight back)
  • How to get what you want at the barber’s (no multi-part instructions, please)
  • How to stay warm in bed (when your partner has cold feet and steals the covers)
  • How to be a fashionista (when your twenty-year-old wardrobe is suddenly back in vogue)
  • How to pretend to laugh at a friend’s joke (the closest most men get to faking orgasm)
  • How to fix a computer (If restarting it doesn’t work, turn it off and go back to a preindustrial lifestyle.)

Covering cooking and eating, sleeping and waking, men and women, love and marriage, religion and politics, hedges and neighbors, Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade delivers the truth about the things that really matter. With a package as fun as its contents, it’s the ideal gift for anyone who wants to live life with a sense of humor.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This laugh-out-loud little essay collection serves up offbeat assistance…Browning’s sophisticated humor makes this a winner.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 2/17/2014

    " Some of this stuff is just really fun. Good light reading, and a few of the pieces have some very wry and "spot on" observations. The author is British, and that brand of humor shows up in his writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek Baldwin | 2/15/2014

    " A series of very short whimsical pieces which fall flat some of the time but since they don't out-stay their welcome it hardly matters. Entertaining in short doses, not a book you'd sit and read for very long at a time though. Harmless fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Despres | 2/6/2014

    " Liked it more and more as it went along. Some LOL moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maki | 1/26/2014

    " Have breakfast with tea and Browning and you can handle the day! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Disa | 1/21/2014

    " hysterical. good stocking stuffer/fun gift book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marissa Morrison | 1/17/2014

    " The humor is so dry here, I almost missed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Floriana | 1/4/2014

    " I liked it, I really did - it's humorous and sneakily witty and filled with all sorts of "Oh god that's crazy but true" moments. Sadly, it never mentions why you shouldn't hit jellyfish with a spade. I also found it to contain grammatical errors (I'm very much a stickler for that) and some of the generalisations (especially gender-wise) really got me, although I know it's just meant to be taken lightly for the sake of comedy. But overall I enjoyed it, it was an excellent piss-take on self-help books and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants some funny, light entertainment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 1/4/2014

    " I thought this would be a fun book to flip through (and it did make me chuckle a few times) but I'm bummed that it wasn't as funny as I'd hoped it would be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 peishan | 12/26/2013

    " Very British wry humour :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/25/2013

    " Okay, I tried.... I tried....I tried.... however I only made it to the second section. Each chapter is two pages long... the continuous switching of topics made my brain tired. I know this is British humor, but I didn't find it funny. Maybe I'm just a stupid American. :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 11/10/2013

    " A very funny book with some practical and useful tips for the reader, Browning has managed to find a bit of humour in everything. This will alter your perception of pretty much everything and have your crying with laughter in the process "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 11/5/2013

    " Best book I ever bought. Hands down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jimmy Ranieri | 11/2/2013

    " Good insight into the minds of British people and their humor and different terms, I enjoyed that and laughed quite a few times. A good break from mystery or adventure books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Miller | 10/30/2013

    " This was an amusing book - not the funniest book I've ever read, but definitely worth the read. It did make me laugh, and some days, that is all I ask. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Booksdingle | 10/25/2013

    " A funny book - I liked it alot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bekah | 8/2/2013

    " It never says why not to hit a jellyfish with a spade... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dominique | 7/25/2013

    " It was very amusing. I found myself laughing out loud as I randomly flipped through the pages each time I sat down to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine | 7/9/2013

    " Laugh-out funny and entertaining. Highly recommend to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Saunders | 2/10/2013

    " Couple of pages per article, very amusing and an excellent way to kill a couple of minutes/very long time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 1/29/2013

    " For those of us who doesn't take life too seriously. Very funny! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacie | 8/3/2012

    " Quite hilarious. Great English humour! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 7/24/2012

    " This was a fun diversion... a small dose of entertaining sarcasm in every chapter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dorothy Caimano | 3/22/2012

    " Droll British humour. It was entertaining to this American for a while, but I didn't feel pressed to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 11/24/2011

    " Beautifully British and uproariously funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie | 8/13/2011

    " So funny, laugh out loud, people giving you weird looks on the bus funny. Personal favourites include How to...ride a horse, ramble and stay warm in bed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dorothy | 8/20/2010

    " Droll British humour. It was entertaining to this American for a while, but I didn't feel pressed to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 6/4/2010

    " This was a fun diversion... a small dose of entertaining sarcasm in every chapter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maki | 5/22/2009

    " Have breakfast with tea and Browning and you can handle the day! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 3/31/2009

    " light-hearted read over how to survive daily events like making a cup of tea, how to bathe and most importantly, how to get most of the duvet cover in the middle of the night. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/9/2009

    " Okay, I tried.... I tried....I tried.... however I only made it to the second section. Each chapter is two pages long... the continuous switching of topics made my brain tired. I know this is British humor, but I didn't find it funny. Maybe I'm just a stupid American. :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 12/17/2008

    " For those of us who doesn't take life too seriously. Very funny! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 12/15/2008

    " A very funny book with some practical and useful tips for the reader, Browning has managed to find a bit of humour in everything. This will alter your perception of pretty much everything and have your crying with laughter in the process "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Disa | 7/13/2008

    " hysterical. good stocking stuffer/fun gift book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie | 6/20/2008

    " So funny, laugh out loud, people giving you weird looks on the bus funny. Personal favourites include How to...ride a horse, ramble and stay warm in bed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 1/27/2008

    " Some of this stuff is just really fun. Good light reading, and a few of the pieces have some very wry and "spot on" observations. The author is British, and that brand of humor shows up in his writing. "

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About the Author

Guy Browning is a humorist and after-dinner speaker. He wrote the “How To” column in The Guardian from 1999 to 2009, and he is the author of the bestselling Never Push When It Says Pull and Maps of My Life. He lives in Kingston Bagpuize in Oxfordshire.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.