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Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy

And Other Rules to Live By

David Mitchell



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Faber & Faber
17 November 2020
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I always enjoy comedian David Mitchell's TV appearances, whether on panel shows or in sitcoms, for his default bearing as flag bearer of the unfashionable, and the exasperated (sometimes profane) world-weary delivery of his observations. His thoughts are from his newspaper columns and, gathered here around topics and with some additional commentary, it gives an overview of his processing and coping for events such as Brexit as developments unfold. Craig Kirchner


David Mitchell's 2014 bestseller Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse must really have made people think - because everything's got worse. We've gone from UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, from horsemeat in lasagne to Donald Trump in the White House, from Woolworths going under to all the other shops going under. It's probably socially irresponsible even to try to cheer up.

But if you're determined to give it a go, you might enjoy this eclectic collection (or eclection) of David Mitchell's attempts to make light of all that darkness. Scampi, politics, the Olympics, terrorism, exercise, rude street names, inheritance tax, salad cream, proportional representation and farts are all touched upon by Mitchell's unremitting laser of chit-chat, as he negotiates a path between the commercialisation of Christmas and the true spirit of Halloween. Read this book and slightly change your life!

'Mitchell combines breathtaking general knowledge with withering wit.' - Guardian
By:   David Mitchell
Imprint:   Faber & Faber
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   228g
ISBN:   9781783351985
ISBN 10:   1783351985
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   17 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Mitchell is a comedian, actor, writer and the polysyllabic member of Mitchell and Webb. He won BAFTAs for Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look, and has also starred in Jam and Jerusalem, Ambassadors, Back and as Will Shakespeare in Ben Elton's Upstart Crow. He writes for the Observer, chairs The Unbelievable Truth, is a team captain on Would I Lie To You? and can't drive.

Reviews for Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy: And Other Rules to Live By

Mitchell is an exceptionally clever, eloquent and spot-on commentator. We should be grateful for him. -- Daily Mail, Books of the Year Mitchell combines breathtaking general knowledge with withering wit and mordancy. -- Guardian A satirist of crass innovations, a poet of minor irritations. -- Observer Packed with laughs. -- i Newspaper

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