Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse: And Other Lessons from Modern Life

Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse: And Other Lessons from Modern Life

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What's wrong with calling a burglar brave? Why are people so f***ing hung up about swearing? Why do the asterisks in that sentence make it okay? Why do so many people want to stop other people doing things, and how can they be stopped from stopping them? Why is every film and TV programme a sequel or a remake? Why are we so reliant on perpetual diversion that someone has created chocolate toothpaste? Is there anything to be done about the Internet? These and many other questions trouble David Mitchell as he delights us with a tour of the absurdities of modern life - from Ryanair to Downton Abbey, sports day to smoking, nuclear weapons to phone etiquette, UKIP to hotdogs made of cats. Funny, provocative and shot through with refreshing amounts of common sense, Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse celebrates and commiserates on the state of things in our not entirely glorious nation.

Title:Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse: And Other Lessons from Modern Life
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781783350568
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    Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse: And Other Lessons from Modern Life Reviews

  • Katie Lumsden

    A good fun interesting read....

  • Marianne

    “…if there’s one thing British audiences enjoy laughing at even more than their own failings, the rapacity of corporations or xenophobia in the Daily Mail, it’s the French”Thinking About It ...

  • Paul

    Drawn from his column in the Observer each week, this collection of articles is diverse and wide ranging. No subject is too big or trivial for Mitchell to consider, from smoking to politics, the nucle...

  • Sally906

    I have long been a fan of David Mitchell – his dry laconic wit has me in stitches when I watch him on TV in ‘Would I lie to you’ and his frequent appearances on ‘QI,’ so I jumped at the oppo...

  • Mikayla

    I unfortunately couldn't finish this one. As much as I like David Mitchell I couldn't get through his articles. I found some humour in them, that I can't bash him for. Though I just found it hrd to sl...

  • TraceyL

    I love David Mitchell. I watch a lot of British panel shows, and it feels like he appears on them all. He's funny and his wife is awesome. This book started off strong but did ramble quite a bit in th...

  • Nigeyb

    I had not realised that Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse: And Other Lessons from Modern Life was a collection of quite old satirical articles from David Mitchell's Observer newspaper columns. Onc...

  • Bryndley W

    Overall rating: 4 out of 5.If, like me, you have an inflated opinion of yourself, enjoy listening to BBC Radio Four, and ‘get’ satire, I would strongly recommend that you purchase David Mitchell...

  • Anna || BooksandBookends

    I received a free copy of this book by the book's publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Comedian David Mitchell is well known thanks to the variety of TV shows such as 'Peep Show'...

  • Stefani - SpelingExpirt

    Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse by David Mitchell is quite possibly the worst book I’ve read this year, although maybe not quite as bad as that Whistleblower book that made me want to strangle...