Dishonesty Is the Second-Best Policy: And Other Rules to Live By

Dishonesty Is the Second-Best Policy: And Other Rules to Live By

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David Mitchell’s 2014 bestseller Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse must really have made people think – because everything’s got worse.

We’ve gone from UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, from horsemeat in lasagne to Donald Trump in the White House, from Woolworths going under to all the other shops going under. It’s probably socially irresponsible even to attempt to cheer up.

But if you’re determined to give it a go, you might enjoy this eclectic collection (or eclection) of David Mitchell’s attempts to make light of all that darkness. Scampi, politics, the Olympics, terrorism, exercise, rude street names, inheritance tax, salad cream, proportional representation and farts are all touched upon by Mitchell’s unremitting laser of chit-chat, as he negotiates a path between the commercialisation of Christmas and the true spirit of Halloween. Read this book and slightly change your life!

Title:Dishonesty Is the Second-Best Policy: And Other Rules to Live By
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781783351961
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    Dishonesty Is the Second-Best Policy: And Other Rules to Live By Reviews

  • Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    David Mitchell is a very funny man - he is also very clever. My family are all English and I married an Englishman so we watch a lot of UK TV. You have probably seen David Mitchell on QI, Would I Lie ...

  • Katie Lumsden

    Witty, insightful and enjoyable....

  • Tommye

    In the review section for this book on Goodreads, I saw that a few people put the book down after reading the introduction. I can sort of see why. It wasn't the happy, comical interpretation of modern...

  • Becky

    I got this from Audible the last time I had credits to spare (coincidentally right before cancelling Audible... again). I love David Mitchell. I'm not British, but I think David Mitchell may be my spi...

  • Jo

    A collection of Mitchell's newspaper columns covering 2014-2019. A mix of wit, humour, sarcasm and despair. Rather entertaining....

  • Nigeyb

    Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy: And Other Rules to Live By (2019) is the follow up to Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse: And Other Lessons from Modern Life (2014) which I somewhat belatedly ...

  • Clint

    2.5 starsI still really like David Mitchell’s wit, but the format of this book is not favorable. Essentially a collection of a few recent years of his pop culture/politics op-eds in the Guardian, Mi...

  • Sherron Wahrheit

    Yes, the other David Mitchell. But to me he is “the one” and the other one is the other one. The cutie pie from QI et al. He is so much fun in a verbal spar with other comedians, but in the Introd...

  • hayls 🐴

    As expected, highly amusing rants and angry logic of the kind heard on QI. Always listen to the audiobook....

  • Ewan

    The best part of this book is that, if I take the dust cover off, and paint over the spine, I'll have a moderately nice decoration for a shelf I don't own.Really boring, light on laughs, heavy on midd...