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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Maki | 1/26/2014

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

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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.