Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant

Joel Golby (Author)
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*National Bestseller*

"This is a funny and beautiful book. What a little bastard." --Russell Brand
"Every paragraph is like doing a shot with a friend. A double." --Caitlin Moran

Joel Golby's writing for Vice and The Guardian, with its wry observation and naked self-reflection, has brought him a wide and devoted following. Now, in his first book, he presents a blistering collection of new and newly expanded essays--including the achingly funny viral hit "Things You Only Know When Both Your Parents Are Dead." In these pages, he travels to Saudi Arabia, where he acts as a perplexed bystander at a camel pageant; offers a survival guide for the modern dinner party (i.e. how to tactfully escape at the first sign of an adult board game); and gets pitted head-to-head, again and again, with an unpredictable, unpitying subspecies of Londoner: the landlord.

Through it all, he shows that no matter how cruel the misfortune, how absurd the circumstance, there's always the soft punch of a lesson tucked within. This is a book for anyone who overshares, overthinks, has ever felt lost or confused--and who wants to have a good laugh about it.

Product Details

Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Anchor Books
Publish Date
March 05, 2019
Pages
304
Dimensions
5.1 X 0.7 X 7.9 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780525562771
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About the Author

Joel Golby is a staff writer for Vice, where he is among the site's most read contributors. He has written for The Guardian, Shortlist, and the BBC. He's more of a cat than a dog man, but he see merits in both. He lives in London.

Reviews

*A BBC Best Book of 2019 So Far*

"Seeing the byline 'Joel Golby' means you're about to ungraciously snort with laughter in a public place. Golby is sharper at dissecting the madness of 21st century online existence than any other writer. Every paragraph is like doing a shot with a friend. A double."
--Caitlin Moran, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be a Woman and How to Be Famous

"This is a funny and beautiful book. What a little bastard."
--Russell Brand, New York Times bestselling author of My Booky Wook and Recovery

"Joel Golby is my favorite pop culture-obsessed nihilist...You'll laugh, cry and probably be a bit weirded out."
--Sharon Horgan, co-creator of Catastrophe

"Using a blend of insightful self-deprecation and almost lovable braggadocio, Golby tackles subjects big and small with the same forensic thinking and enthusiasm... [He] is great at switching between the poignant and the absurd, observing life both with the wonder of a toddler who has just discovered where you hid the crayons and the confidence of the friend who tells you 'I got this' before attempting to fix your vacuum cleaner."
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Adam Kay, The Guardian

"A writer who can be funny and offhandedly profound at the same time...[Golby] sometimes feels like a kindred spirit to David Sedaris, but younger and more biting."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Golby, a British staff writer for Vice, moves between dark wit and even darker emotion, often in the course of a single sentence...Consistently entertaining."
--Booklist

"With Golby we're treated to two things at once: the pleasure of his wit and style as he ranges his themes, and a sustained, near-Swiftian satire on the very real and material challenges driven by the United Kingdom's housing crisis...That Golby spins comedy gold from such a sorry state of affairs is testimony to how much we need a voice like his."
--LA Review of Books

"A millennial's answer to David Sedaris. No writer is funnier than Joel Golby."
--Dolly Alderton, author of Everything I Know About Love