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Happyslapped by a jellyfish is the second book written by the lovable Northern, chimp-minded oddity that is Karl Pilkington. Published by Dorling Kindersley, Happyslapped by a jellyfish is 224 pages long.
In this book Karl recounts past holidays and trips he’s been on, both in the UK and abroad, and unsurprisingly they contain a lot of moaning from Karl, as well as being down-right humorous. There are 25 chapters in total and these range from ‘A few days at our man & dad’s’ and ‘Cotswolds’ to ‘Los Angeles’ and ‘Ibiza’. Each chapter is broken down in to diary entries by Karl, which gives the book a good structure and shows what he got up to on each individual.
There are also photos from Karl’s trips and illustrations by him (which are pretty good for a man with only an ‘E’ in History!) scattered across the chapters. There is also the occasional poem, which became a part of Karl’s diary in the Ricky Gervais podcasts.
Although some of it may be familiar if you’ve heard the podcasts or even the xfm shows, most of the content was new to me, and even the stories that I had heard from Karl before were far more detailed in the book I found. Here’s an excerpt from his holiday in Madeira “Didn’t do much this morning. Just sat by the pool saving insects that flew into it. It was full of death. There were three wasps drowned on the bottom.” Some of the anecdotes in this book are so tediously funny, while others are almost unbelievable but then you remember that this is Karl, whose outlook in life is quite extraordinary.
Overall this is a laugh-out-loud read from a genuinely funny and interesting human being. And for £5.50 on play.com or amazon.co.uk it really is a bargain.
Details:A collection of hilarious and compelling insights, anecdotes, diary entries, ... more
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).Ideal for:A funny book that is recommended for fans of The Ricky Gervais Show.This paperback book has 224 pages and measures: 18.5 x 13.3 x 1.4cm.