Good for Nothing, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


A novel in which peaks of humour and troughs of tragedy intermingle as Flip Mellis tries to get his life together, after a suicide attempt - like much else in his life - fails to achieve its goal. Overweight, weak-willed, and quick to criticise others, Flip has a self-fulfilling fatalism which leads him to stumble through each day, hoping against hope that he can get a job, mend his marriage and rebuild his life. Perceptively observed characters from American small-town life populate the book in hilarious cameos and get in the way of Flip's well-meaning attempts to reform himself.


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If Murphy’s Law could, by magic, be transformed into a human being, that person would be Flip Mellis. After years of a happy life with his family and a successful career, Flip loses his job and slowly but surely, his world crumbles around him. The more he tries, the less he can do, no matter what it is. A new job? Not happening. Helping out around the house? Too busy eating himself out of fitting into his clothes. Painting the home office? A Rube Goldberg disaster. But wait! Flip has a plan to free himself from all his troubles. You can probably guess how that is going to work out! Even while you are feeling sorry for Flip, you are wondering how manages to get himself in such a fix. You’ll want to yell at him to just stop and think, but all the while you can’t help laughing at him. Poor Flip! This highly entertaining satire is sure to delight you as Flip painfully navigates through life.