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THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERGUARDIAN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARRULES FOR BEING A MANDon't Cry; Love Sport; Play Rough; Drink Beer; Don't Talk About Feelings But Robert Webb has been wondering for some time now: are those rules actually any use? To anyone? Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life. Hilarious and heartbreaking, How Not To Be a Boy explores the relationships that made Robert who he is as a man, the lessons we learn as sons and daughters, and the understanding that sometimes you aren't the Luke Skywalker of your life - you're actually Darth Vader.
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9☆ Compelling, Funny, Poignant, Emotional, Thought Provoking!
How Not To Be a Boy is Robert Webb's Autobiography.
Ok so I know many people find Autobiographies hard to read.
But Robert has this way of engaging the reader with his Witt, Humour and sarcasm which makes for a very interesting and thought provoking read.
It really gets you thinking.
It's a book that delves into stereotypes, Family relationships, sexuality, conforming to the 'norm'. It was funny yet compelling and emotional.
I was first introduced to Robert's TV work when I watched Peep Show! Such a genius tv show.
So when I was given the chance to delve into Robert's world I just knew I was in for something different.
How Not to be a Boy really is what it's about.
This book focuses on Gender Roles and stereotypes and what it's like for Boys and Men growing up.
How Boys and Men are told not to show emotion and they must stay strong at all times.
What it's like growing up in an all Male environment where it's not ok to do and act certain ways!
For me reading this book opened my eyes to the person behind the comedian.
The heartbreak, grief, his broken childhood, his strained absuive relationship with his Father, struggling with masculinity, his bisexuality, Depression, Alcoholism, his relationships, his career, becoming a Husband and a Father.
The only thing I found a little off putting was how the story jumped around a little. I feel Robert done this so not to make it feel quite so like an Autobiography and more like a story/thought process so it's not so structured.
Which some readers could find a little confusing as it tended to wander off a little.
Overall a fantastic insight into Robert Webb's life.
Be prepared to laugh, cry, and question!
I would definitely recommend this book to all readers.
I received this book from the Publisher in exchange for a honest and fair review.
Quite simply brilliant. I (genuinely) cried. I (genuinely) laughed out loud. It's profound, touching, personal yet universal . . . I loved it -- J.K. ROWLING With enormous poignancy and insight . . . Webb's early portrait of himself as a hapless underdog navigating the boulder-strewn path of masculinity is vividly drawn and very funny . . . Echoes of Adrian Mole * * Guardian * * Takes us deftly from hilarity to heart-stopping hurt . . . A truly great read, full of heart -- DAWN FRENCH Frank and compelling . . . Laugh-out-loud funny . . . also, in parts, blink-back-tears sad. Why would I blink back tears rather than give full rein to the emotion? Well, Webb can explain * * Mail on Sunday * * Written with wit and clarity, How Not To Be a Boy is a funny, rueful, truthful book. I enjoyed every page -- STEPHEN FRY A brilliant telling of a sad story, it is also a manifesto for a change in attitudes . . . I laughed innumerable times and cried twice . . . You should give a copy to any young male you care about ***** * * S Magazine, Sunday Express * * A witty, honest coming-of-age story with a subtext that tackles masculinity and manhood. Webb has a storytelling skill many would kill for -- IAN RANKIN Funny, poignant, revealing * * Daily Telegraph * * Timely and candid, told with great humour, warmth and compassion. A much-needed contribution to the vital conversation about the damage gender can do -- JUNO DAWSON Simply brilliant -- JOANNA LUMLEY