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How to Be a Better Person

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Why is it so difficult to find the time to help others? When Seb Hunter became aware of a nagging ache in the place where his soul ought to be, he embarked on a two year odyssey of volunteering – with hilarious results. He collects litter, teaches pensioners how to use the internet, works at Oxfam (where he meets Gladys, his septuagenarian nemesis), mans a steam train line ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Atlantic Books (first published April 1st 2009)
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VeganMedusa
Funny, although sometimes trying too hard, and the author is a bit annoying. A light read. What really blew my mind is some of the things that are run by volunteers. Asylum seekers whose only hope of not being repatriated to their war-torn or torture-happy country is some doofus of a volunteer who has no idea what he's doing? Egads.
Kailin
Aug 23, 2012 Kailin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed his style of writing and sense of humour. A brutally-honest person with interesting thoughts.
Patrick Neylan
Poor old Seb Hunter. He has been touted on the cover of this book as the next Bill Bryson*1, which is effectively the kiss of death. He is a talented writer and this book is an amiable enough read, although far from perfect.

How To Be A Better Person is the story of how Hunter spent two years doing voluntary work - any voluntary work - to see if the anti-ratrace way of living made him any happier. I won't give away whether it did or not, but his journey is enlightening, depressing, uplifting and
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Kate
In parts of the book I found Seb too annoying, self-centered, oblivious. The volunteer work, at times, felt less like altruism and more like a stunt, an investment, a task which his book contract would compensate him for.

It was hard for me to believe someone would write so honestly about his own fuckups and shortcomings, but then I'm not a journalist. I was put off whenever he'd complain a volunteer gig hadn't turned into paid work.

However, the half marathon really did make me laugh -- finally,
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Fiona
Jan 28, 2016 Fiona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it, even the footnotes.
Seb volunteers for many things, some slightly ridiculous and others pretty scary. His experiences show how often the most vulnerable in society are left in the care of well meaning but chronically inexperienced people.
Luciana Gerez
On the beggining it was funny, but after a while I found it really boring.
This was an attempt of finding a good comedy book and Kindle had it as the offer of the day... Not a good one, I'm afraid...
Catherine
Sep 17, 2012 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had some laughs at his adventures (particularly the half marathon part) and it does give you something to think about...
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A very honest and entertaining read. Recommend!
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hehe. very fun. on a bookring so have memoed the person who it is to be sent to next.
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