How to Get Things Really Flat will amuse and instruct any slobbish man, forced at gunpoint to read it...Martin is surprisingly well qualified to write a guide to housework for men.
Not only is he a man himself, but he does a lot about the house.
On purely humanitarian grounds he recently took over some of the ironing from his wife; he then branched out into bath-cleaning, fairly regular vacuuming, and washing up after dinner (when he wasn't going out).
For the purposes of this book, Martin has interviewed many experts, and can thus provide answers to such burning questions as: 'Do I Need to Bother about the Controls on the Iron?' and 'Is Dust Actually Dangerous?' The result is a genuinely enlightening read, combining practical housework advice with touching recollections from the author's Yorkshire childhood and hilarious scenes from the daily sit-com of family life.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Short Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/08/2009
- Category: Humour
- ISBN: 9781906021719
- Hardback from £10.25
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Review by TheoClarke
Deliciously honest combination of self-help manual and memoir of conventional male attitudes to housework delivered with a self-deprecating wit. Martin's skill as a journalist shines through this remarkable book as he reports on his own experiences and the opinions of experts; each chapter end with a masterly joke.