DANNY WALLACE IS A MAN. And a man is a very tricky thing to be these days. A toe-curling moment, an embarrassing faux-pas or a bewildering social situation is always just round the corner.
Danny, for example, says the wrong thing about a friend's baby; accidentally follows a woman down a dark street; has his party gate-crashed by a minor celebrity; and even discovers the pleasures of wearing pyjamas (exciting isn't it!).
He breaks all the rules; hides a pastry; accidentally spits on someone; tricks Su Pollard; and (we've all been there) avoids his old hairdresser. And then there are the times when he has an argument with a bishop; experiences stage fright in the men's room; gets his wife a treat; and (eventually) helps a lady who has accidentally got her skirt all hitched up.
As we follow a year in his life - and it becomes obvious to the attentive reader that here is a man who finds it a challenge to even look after himself properly - an even greater responsibility looms on the horizon...Once you have read this book you will see Awkward Situations everywhere you go and life will never be the same again. And, it's very, very funny.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/06/2010
- Category: Humour
- ISBN: 9780091937577
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Review by BoundTogetherForGood
Love it. This is Danny Wallace at his most brilliant. And yet, it's only his thoughts regarding various awkward situations he faces in daily life; situations from which you would walk away thinking "Gee, that was...awkward." He is irreverent at times, often cheeky, but always honest. He never fails to make me laugh.
Review by elliepotten
This book is a collection of Danny Wallace's columns from <i>ShortList</i> magazine, and pretty much does what it says on the tin. It's about all those awkward situations people find themselves in from time to time - particularly relevant to men, but every woman will recognise herself in there somewhere too. Whether it's walking behind a woman late at night or saying the wrong thing about someone's new baby, forgetting someone's name or getting stage fright in a public loo, Danny has done it, learned from it, then written about it. His columns are charmingly innocent, wonderfully funny and very much for the 'every man' - and if there is the odd slightly duff piece, it doesn't ruin the overall book. I'll be looking forward to finally getting to some of the other Danny Wallace books that have been sitting on my shelves for far too long!
Review by Bagpuss
I wasn’t entirely sure whether I’d ‘get’ this book – or enjoy it – seeing as I’m not, and never have been a man, but despite not being the target audience I loved it! It’s a series of short commentaries some of which appeared in a magazine called ShortList (never heard of it!) before being published in this book. Written in his usual colloquial style they’re snippets of Danny’s life and the situations he (and doubtless countless other men) inadvertently seems to get himself in at every possible opportunity! Amongst other things I now am an expert in urinal etiquette (not sure this is a skill I’ll ever need!) and I understand that if a man is following me down a road at night he will worry that I think he’s about to attack me, which will make him try to act like he’s not about to attack me, inadvertently making himself appear like he’s about to attack at any second!<br/><br/>There is a sequel which is imaginatively entitled More Awkward Situations for Men, which I shall definitely look out for.