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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (January 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140007813X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400078134
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,556,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maxim meets Friends in this blithely irreverent story collection from British media's most unrepentant bad boy. Liddle, the former editor of a popular BBC radio show, recently aired the details of his rancorous divorce in the press; his journalist wife has also notoriously attacked him in print. All this comes as a fitting buildup to Liddle's debut, a collection of spicy, depraved tales loosely revolving around a clique of young Londoners who bungle their lives in pitifully sordid and vapid ways. Obsessed with the shallowest recesses of the male mind, Liddle makes much use of silly hyperbole that, while enjoyably frothy in spurts, should've been corralled by a tough editor. "The Long, Long Road to Uttoxeter" stretches thin as it chronicles the life-threatening depths to which a cheating man will sink while trying to deceive his wife. In "Sometimes Eating Marmite," yet another adulterer is spied in the act by an eclectic crowd of blips on the cultural radar; in "What the Thunder Said," a man shags his mother-in-law in the bushes while his wife fetches ice cream. Maybe this saucy set of tawdry tales will entertain bored commuters, but it won't satisfy anyone who's looking for something truly shocking from a bad boy: introspection.
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"Electrifying. . . . A brand of dark humor that makes one both chuckle and wince at the same time. . . . Among the best fiction published this year.” –Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Pushing the frontiers of taste . . . with intention and precision." –San Francisco Chronicle

"Wickedly entertaining best describes the collection of short stories in Liddle's book." –The Oregonian

"It's a human pi–ata of a book--grab a stick." –New York Post

"The jokes are crisp, the prose intelligent, the comic energy a potent mix of satire and furious yet restrained snarling." –The Times (London)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 7, 2008
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Rod Liddle, Too Beautiful for You: Tales of Improper Behavior (Doubleday, 2003)

Twelve generally interrelated tales of everything from Keystone Kops-style slapstick to almost Kafkaesque magic realism. The majority focus on some sort of sexual misconduct or other (the major exception, oddly, being the book's first tale, which is nothing more than a shaggy dog joke that is, to be fair, exceptionally well set up). Liddle has good comic timing and knows how to pull an idea out to its logically absurd conclusion (the book's best story, "The Long, Long Road to Uttoxeter", is a perfect example of this, with a man trying frantically to come up with an excuse for an infidelitous jaunt when he becomes involved in a nasty rail accident and loses his right arm on the way home). There did seem to be a few times when an editor might have been able to snap stories into better shape, but what's here is certainly worth reading if you like your humor with a dash of the perverse and a jaundiced eye towards twentysomethings. *** ½
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. N. Stephens on February 2, 2005
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The best book I have read in months...Rod Liddle's book is a gem.
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