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A Polar Bear Ate my Head: Misadventures in Magazines [Kindle Edition]

Paul Merrill
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Book Description

"Hilarious - and your boy will love it too!"

“You’re guaranteed a laugh a page”
The Observer

"A bloody brilliant lid-lifting expose…Frank, funny and enlightening. We have notified our lawyers *****"

“The best book ever written about the excesses and weirdness of the media. Every page is laugh out loud funny”
Will Storr

“A very entertaining book full of anecdotes and insider gossip. 9/10”
Encore Magazine

"This insider's look has the air of Toby Young's How to Lose Friends and Alienate People *****"
Melbourne Weekly

“Straight up the funniest book I’ve ever read – and I haven’t read many books.”
Aussie Rules legend Warwick Capper

"Such a funny book - we loved it, and so did everyone in the office. You've really GOT to read it. "
Amanda Keller WSFM Breakfast Show

This is the hilarious and surreal true story of Britain’s biggest ever men’s magazine launch… and the chaos and disasters that followed.

Paul Merrill was an award-winning magazine editor when he was inexplicably chosen to launch Britain’s first weekly publication aimed at the ‘new lad’: ZOO. He quickly gained notoriety after running competitions to find the country’s randiest nanna, ugliest baby and teen mum of the year, and offering prizes of a boob job for your girlfriend, lesbian wedding and even euthanasia.

Then he was suddenly deported to Australia to launch ZOO there, and events became even more outlandish.

Find out how Merrill:
• attacked Tony Blair with a puppet
• lost 130,000 pairs of inflatable breasts in the South China Sea
• accidentally gave his home address to a serial killer
• tried to cook a dwarf
• threw a biscuit at Christopher Lee
• searched for the hottest horse dentist and sexiest wall.
• employed Mo Mowlam as a sex columnist
• was accused by the attorney general of trying to overthrow the government
• persuaded the Aussie prime minister’s daughter to strip off
• was given advice on stain removal by Gordon Brown
• received death threats from enraged Islamists and a convicted killer

Containing hundreds of bizarre and unexpected anecdotes, A Polar Bear Ate My Head is the most side-splitting insider’s account of the world of magazines ever published. Whether or not you’ve ever bought a men’s magazine or been attacked by the world’s largest white bear, you will love this book.

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About the Author

Paul Merrill is an award winning magazine editor who launched ZOO magazine in a blaze of publicity and controversy in 2004, horrifying right-thinking people everywhere. After a bewildering two years grabbing headlines for all the wrong reasons, he was sent to Australia to launch the magazine there, resulting in a series of disasters and recriminations, and nearly being deported for inciting terrorism.

Product Details

  • File Size: 656 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Thistle Publishing (May 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D4669AM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Magazine Wars May 7, 2014
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It is a very interesting book. It brings to light how magazines are born and how they fight to survive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for prudes! September 18, 2014
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As a 62 year old woman, I had my moments of doubt as to the validity of reading this. But I found it seductive!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Beach Read June 4, 2014
By Tiki
Format:Kindle Edition
An amusing little romp. Quick and painless, though often a bit cringe inducing. It doesn't take much thought or effort.
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3.0 out of 5 stars English humor at its most mediocre May 27, 2014
By Justin
Format:Kindle Edition
The book was entertaining, especially since I borrowed it through Amazon Prime. After reading, my conclusion was that the book was probably hilarious to fellow publishing professionals and people with British customs. I found it to be amusing but not really "funny".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny guy September 29, 2013
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Funny book and clever too. Picked it up for a flight as wanted a light read. Learned loads about stars and politicians plus the world of media. Great read. Husband nabbed it after I'd read it and enjoyed it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest book I've read! August 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the inside story of the bizarre and hilarious life of a men's magazine, told by someone who reached the very top. The anecdotes are extremely funny but also touching in places as the author goes from one disaster to another. Loads of really interesting insider gossip about celebrities and the world of magazines, but most of all it's laugh out loud funny. A great read for anyone with a sense of humour.
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