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Hornby means us to take his title literally: How can we be good, and what does that mean? However, quite apart from demanding that his readers scrub their souls with the nearest available Brillo pad, he also mesmerizes us with that cocktail of wit and compassion that has become his trademark. The result is a multifaceted jewel of a book: a hilarious romp, a painstaking dissection of middle-class mores, and a powerfully sympathetic portrait of a marriage in its death throes. It's hard to know whether to laugh or cry as we watch David forcing his kids to give away their computers, drawing up schemes for the mass redistribution of wealth, and inviting his wife's most desolate patients round for a Sunday roast. But that's because How to Be Good manages to be both brutally truthful and full of hope. It won't outsell the Bible, but it's a lot funnier. --Matthew Baylis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This has the title of a very audacious self-help book, but it's fiction.
Katie Carr likes to think of herself as a good person, and uses the fact that she's a doctor to... Read more
One of the most enjoyable books I've ever read. Fantastic sense of humour.Published 4 months ago by Verónica Paula Valdi
Sorry, not a fan of this book. I found all the characters unsufferable including the adults and the children. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Deborah Williams-Martin
Unlike many reviewers I thought Hornby did a great job describing the female narrator with all her likeable and unlikeable traits. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ingrid Li
I reread this book constantly and gift it to friends all the time. It's such a helpful reminder of how every spouse's perspective of the relationship and their other is so entirely... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jessy
It wasn't interesting from the beginning, but I decided to give it a chance. It got annoying and still not interesting but the writing was enough to convince you something worth... Read morePublished 9 months ago by MissRight
I liked some aspects of the book, like setting and diction. I don't like male authors writing for female main characters because it seems phony. Read morePublished 9 months ago by bld424