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"'The funniest writer of his generation. Apart from me' - Dom Joly 'Comedy writing doesn't get any better than this - unless you go round Danny's flat and make him add a bit in pen' - Ross Noble Praise for Join Me: 'Join Me is the kind of book I love: effortlessly funny, painfully accurate and entertaining to the very end. Brilliant' - Mike Gayle 'Extremely enjoyable. once cannot help wondering whether he has stumbled upon the future shape of spirituality' - Daily Telegraph 'One of the funniest stories you will ever read' - Daily Mail"

About the Author

Award-winning journalist and comedy producer Danny has written and produced comedy for TV, radio and the stage, and contributed to dozens of publications, including The Independent and The Guardian. His own six-part BBC2 series begins in summer 2005, and he's also presented for Channel 4, Sky One, Radio 1, and Radio 4. His profile continues to grow at home and abroad, and he's currently working on the film adaptation of his last book, Join Me. He's 27, and lives in an old match factory in the East End of London.
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Product Details

  • Series: Quick Reads
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091908949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091908942
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,304,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is exactly the kind of book you want to read while you're waiting for the dentist.
Doug W
Danny Wallace and the Centre of the Universe maintains the high quality of literature that he produced with his week long read length books.
James N Simpson
Must writers of humor write imaginative comedy sketches or essays, and that's fine, I enjoy many of them.
Rob Stauffer

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Kleinman VINE VOICE on August 27, 2006
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I am a huge fan of Danny Wallace. Every book of his is an adventure. Unfortunately Danny Wallace and the Centre of the Universe is really more a magazine article expanded into a novella than anything else. I realize that it was written as a "quick read", but it's journal-esque style feels a lot less polished and refined as Wallace's other work. The book is 128 pages using VERY large type and large spacing and photographs. Honestly it would have better been condensed into a feature article for Rolling Stone or as a free online e-book. The book itself is fun and does have its high points, but it just doesn't have the punch or steam of Wallace's other work. Join Me and Yes Man have moments of brilliance and unfortunately Centere of the Universe just doesn't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob Stauffer on March 24, 2012
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I first encountered Danny in his book Yes Man and he shot to the top of my Favorite Authors list. That admiration continues now that I've read Danny Wallace and the Centre of the Universe (Quick Read). Must writers of humor write imaginative comedy sketches or essays, and that's fine, I enjoy many of them. Danny, on the other hand, gets an idea, or hears a fact, and then goes and explores and lives it. He often makes a fool of himself, but he's happy to share the results with us, the lucky readers. Danny lives his life the way I wish I did. For now, I'm just happy to go along for the ride and wonder what will he do next?

This is a wonderfully enjoyable read. You will love it!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P. G. Marsh on June 16, 2006
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My name is Greg Marsh and you will meet me in this humorous little book. Eight years ago, I started a website at wallace-id.com to give folks a comprehensive view of my new hometown in Wallace Idaho. Currently I have about 260 pages on the internet devoted to this very unusual and historic mining town that has a population of 960 and is surrounded by a mountain recreation paradise. Last year, Danny Wallace found my website and immediately flew from London to spend one day at "the Center of the Universe."

His account of the town, its philosophy and cast of characters is quite accurate... although I wish he hadn't mentioned my silver shirt experiment. I only spotted two factual mistakes, which is remarkable considering the amount of alcohol he consumed in our various saloons. The 1313 Club and the Smoke House Saloon are on Bank Street, not Cedar Street, and my friend bought the $4500 house in 1988, not 1998 (and he went to the Clerk and Recorder, not the library, to find out that he had actually bought four properties, not just one for that price). All in all, Danny did an amazing job of capturing "the Silver Capital of the World" and giving it to his European audience.

Although Danny presented many of my ideas on the subject, I would like to tell you why I think Wallace is truly the Center of the Universe.

Some have used a sophist argument to say that Wallace is the Center of the Universe because it cannot be proven otherwise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 15, 2007
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Recently I read the sensational book Join Me by Danny Wallace and immediately went out and grabbed a copy of Yes Man which was also a sensational read. Eager for more fun Danny Wallace adventures I came across this short story length tale and decided to check it out. This is another great adventure and those who have become fans of Danny through his other lengthy diary style life adventure books will be thoroughly entertained as Danny explores the Idaho town of Wallace and learns just what the centre of the universe means to everyone, and accumulates a few fair few coins along the way. The only difference other than the obvious one of length is that being short this book doesn't have the self evaluation, motivational aspect to anywhere near the extent that Join Me and Yes Man did. However if time wise his adventure to Idaho had occurred during his Yes Man year it could easily have been one or two chapters in that book and is similar sort reading to his Singapore adventure and other chapters like that.

If you haven't experienced Danny's adventures it would be probably a better idea to read Join Me and Yes Man first (in that order) so that you fully appreciate his personality but like with those books they are all stand alone adventures and don't really give away anything substantial from the other books.

Of the Quick Reads books out there this is easily the best. As someone who works in a library I fully support the Quick Reads experiment (short story books as standalone purchases as an alternative to newspapers and magazines for daily public transport commuters, plane/train travellers etc and also an effort to encourage those who haven't read novels for years or never have, to get into fiction and non fiction books).
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By Marilyn P. Kober on September 22, 2013
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His other books are SO MUCH better! Friends Like These and of course Yes Man blow this one out of the water. Sorry Danny.
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