Happyslapped by a Jellyfish: The Words of Karl Pilkington

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Dorling Kindersley Limited, 2008 - Humor - 224 pages
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A collection of hilarious and compelling insights and anecdotes, diary entries, poems, true facts and cartoons on travel from Karl Pilkington, unlikely star of the Ricky Gervais Show, the world s most successful podcast now in paperback.

This is the travel book for people who don t particularly like travelling, it s Karl Pilkington, star of The Ricky Gervais Podcast Show, with a suitcase, occasionally with his passport, more often with a bemused suspicion of anything vaguely exotic, and an observant eye for the disappointments, tedium, general weirdness and absurdities of being a tourist abroad and at home. From staring at Mount Vesuvius in case it erupts and the horrors of a Lanzarote nudist beach to the curiosities to be seen in the world s weirdest museum.

Told with his inimitable deadpan humour, Pilkington s stories are interspersed with fond reflections on life back in England, from Salford joy riders to what his girlfriend s mum and dad have for dinner on a Thursday (it s chops and veg. in case you re wondering).

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User Review  - knitwit2 - LibraryThing

This book is probably only funny if you are a fan of "An Idiot Abroad". I found the BBC television series to be a delight and the book was no different. Karl tells of his and his girlfriend, Suzanne's ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Karl Pilkington s accidental path to fame began in 1989 when a trip to a Manchester hospital inspired him to become a hospital radio DJ. After filling news bulletins with strange-but-true stories and using the transmitter to broadcast pirate radio, Pilkington was sacked and moved to Manchester s Piccadilly Radio, where he hosted a late-night show filled with impenetrably cryptic puzzles. He then moved to Xfm in London, where he was producer and later a star of Xfm s Ricky Gervais Show, forerunner of the podcasts. Pilkington says that his favourite job to date was his paper round.

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