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Fat, Forty, Fired: One Man's Frank, Funny, and Inspiring Account of Losing His Job and Finding His Life

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  855 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
Traditional Chinese edition of Fat, Forty, Fired: One Man's Frank,Funny,and Inspiring Account of Losing His Job and Finding His Life In Chinese. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published January 1st 2009 (first published June 8th 2006)
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Reece Anderson
One Fat Summer is a realistice fiction book written by Robert Lipstye. One Fat Summer took place near a fictional island named Rumson Lake during the summer about the civil rights aera. The major characters are Robert, Willie, Pete, and Michelle. The plot is about Robert a kid who is fat he does not like the lake and gets bullied for being fat. He gets a job from a man named Dr.Khan he has the job tell the end of summer the reason he gets the job is because his dad wants him to go to camp but he ...more
Oct 19, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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Steve lovell
Mar 08, 2010 Steve lovell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The back cover blurb described this tome as 'screamingly funny'. Not so - but certainly many a chortle was had enjoying Nigel Marsh's journey. He had a year off from the 'rat race' - and from that slight premise came a well written account of one fat Englishman's attempt to turn his life around - to beat alcoholism, swim from Bronte to Bondi and devote more time to family. At times I wondered how wife Kate could put up with him, and of course being an advertising CEO he had the wherewithal to in ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Priti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As I was going through the book I kept wondering what I was getting out of reading it. I suppose I thought it was supposed to be one of those books that teach you something new, and it was a decent story of his experience. He didn't really lose his job, he chose not to pursue the opportunity of staying with the company, which in my opinion is something totally different.

I will say it was an easy read, and that's why I kept reading it. It was more entertaining at times than teaching me something
Jeanette Besse
For a book club book- to start a discussion with other mums in a mums group - this could be a solid 3 star book. But for an average read, something to curl up with at night or in the bath or on vacation??? Pass.
Mar 14, 2011 Laurel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Free Kindle book and my husband is considering a career change (oh boy). If you can get past the graphic description of his nasty surgery early on, this book is pretty amusing especially if you have kids. It is misleading, however, because it is the story of a privileged CEO who chooses to take 9 mos. off between gigs. Yes, they sold a car, moved to a smaller house, and had to fly coach but otherwise life is pretty good with a trip to Tasmania and Europe thrown in. There are references to shrink ...more
Dec 20, 2014 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I enjoyed this book as one man's amusing story of his mid-life crisis and his attempts to change from a workaholic executive to a loving and involved family man by taking a year off work. However, it sometimes made me a bit angry. I felt rather sorry for his wife as he pursued his dreams of surfing, becoming a long distance swimmer, drawing, and in every way indulging his every desire, but he never once mentioned HER dreams or what she might like to pursue. It's hard to imagine her accepting his ...more
Jan 16, 2012 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This was really a humorous look at life from an entertaining perspective. Nigel Marsh is a forty year old British Expat, living in Sydney, Australia. He gets caught in a corporate merger and ends up unemployed. fortunately he has enough savings put away to be able to make a choice to take a year off and boand with his family. Quite an entertaining read...
Jul 24, 2015 stupidus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Funnish and quick to read.

The author wasn't fired though, I should point out. Basically he let himself go by his own accord. Just a couple of phone calls and he would have had another position in the advertising business in no time at all.

There's a big difference between getting fired and declining obvious opportunities to being employed.

I couldn't help but thinking that the author was hired again after 9 months or so of being "out of the rat race" because the company that was hiring him simply
Sonia Marsh
Dec 04, 2010 Sonia Marsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not only does this memoir have a fascinating title, but it's entertaining, full of humor, and relates to a modern family. I've contacted Nigel Marsh to interview him on my blog. He's writing his third book and is now focused on work/life balance.
Ian Morphett
Jul 31, 2009 Ian Morphett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
English author, english humour. First book to make me laugh out loud for a while. A very funny read with a serious message. Most people associate alcoholics with people who drink four litre's of goon every day, this bloke breaks that myth.
Mar 21, 2016 Cody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insightful, inspiring, and incredibly funny at points. Despite being from different cultures, i found myself relating to a lot of what he had to say. The book is quite enjoyable for three quarters, but fall short towards the end. Maybe it's like real life where we can't accomplish all our goals, but it seemed to detract from the whole by nigel going back to work, forsaking his promised date nights, and not competing in the bonde to bronte swim. It was almost as if he had reached a point where he ...more
Mar 08, 2011 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this as a free Kindle download on Amazon. It is a fun, easy read on one man's journey to bring balance between corporate CEO, Dad, & Husband.

Spoiler ALERT:

While I enjoyed the story and the laugh out loud moments, I not sure that the author got that he still was making choices. In the book, he commented on the realization of not necessarily "needing" some of the lifestyle factors people at his income level (and above) have become to feel entitled to... and recognized that the choice to
Jul 08, 2013 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography, humour
An extremely easy read, with a title that shouts out to blokes of a certain age and situation, I think. In the week I'm reading it, for example, Cheryl Cole would only qualify for one out of the three, and would no doubt pass it by. Which would probably be for the best, as this is very much a bloke's mid-life crisis book, as the author himself often cheerfully points out (no doubt telling himself that because he KNOWS and states that it is a mid-life crisis he's going through means that it can't ...more
kay kuever
Jan 08, 2015 kay kuever rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2011, nonfiction
I would definitely consider this a part of the easy read category. I’m always a huge fan of quick reads, but this one of especially enjoyable and free from Amazon (one of the joys of owning a Kindle).

Nigel Marsh easily conveys that he is a workaholic starting to lose steam. Like most people who work full time jobs and barely have time to eat dinner with their only family, let alone plan for some personal time, all Nigel wants is to know how the other half lives. Fortunate enough for him, he has
Jun 15, 2011 Michele rated it liked it
Recounting the life he led during the nine months he was not working, Marsh opens with his operation for "anal fistula"; the six-week convalescence enables him to reflect on his next step after learning that the firm he runs in Sydney, Australia, is being closed. Breaking open the family nest egg, he decides to escape the pattern of "enforced inertia that kept men in a tie and at the office" and to take a year off. Marsh's epiphanies during his hiatus include the realization that he is fat, but ...more
Nov 16, 2007 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book for the title alone. It's kind of the straight married guy's version of Eat Pray Love. In certain ways I like this one better because I think his changes are more incremental and thus feel more realistic to me. It doesn't have the Hollywood ending that Eat Pray Love has.

However, the two books have a lot in common. In both, witty and neurotic people write a memoir of their year off after a crisis moment. Not surprisingly, in this case it's a guy crisis: being downsized out of a
May 31, 2015 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book would probably appeal more to Australasians (as NZ also similar) who can relate to various things about Australia that non-residents may not be able to. It is a frank account of one man's "mid-life melt down". I'd say that each man's "journey" is different - at least this man tried to learn and change and did achieve some success and managed to stay married unlike so many men who have a mid-life crisis. Good frank account of his struggles. I wonder where he is at now.
Brigit Zelenak
Nigel Marsh is a dad, spouse and business man, in that order. Fat, 40 & Fired details his quest to get back on track after realizing he's gradually derailed his life by allowing work to become his prominent focus. This is something I think we can all relate to. I doubt there's a person out there who hasn't let one or two important aspects of their life slide to the back burner. In that sense most will find a common bond with the author. We all struggle for balance and perspective, and Nigel ...more
May 02, 2011 Mimi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a fun-to-read memoir about a male midlife crisis of sorts. Nigel Marsh, a UK expatriate living in Australia, turns forty, and due to corporate downsizing, decides to take a year off from the business treadmill to conquer some of his personal demons and better himself while reconnecting with his family & friends.

Marsh’s stand-up comic past is evident in his humorous, sometimes satirical, writing style. He made me laugh (and even cry a little) as he addressed his triumph ove
May 15, 2010 Treasure rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grown-up-books
What could have been trite and predictable was instead a hilarious, brutally honest tale of a man's decision to not pursue finding another job immediately after losing one, but instead figuring out who he is as a forty year old man and father of four. He gains new appreciation for his wife, but at no point refers to her as a saint-- he points out her faults as well. He talks about his own successed and failures, and while honest about his many mistakes, he too points out what he learns to do wel ...more
Emma Balkin
There were some funny stories in this book, but the more I read the more it seemed that he was just showing off. The title is not quite true. He took a year off and made a lot of sacrifices, such as making several overseas trips in economy instead of business class, running out of free samples of toothpaste and getting rid of the nanny. A book at the bottom of my reading pile.
I'm reading this while reading other books, just for a change to something light-hearted.

The title is misleading, as far as getting fired is concerned. He was CEO of a company that was bought by another; he was offered a position with the new company, but chose to take a year off instead. Not my definition of "being fired." And he's far from struggling to make ends meet. I just finished the chapters where he tells of a trip he & his wife took during his jobless year, to London, Paris, &
Jul 08, 2013 Pete rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, humour
Fat, Forty and Fired has a great title. Nigel Marsh is an advertising executive who has written up his 9 months off. It's amusing in parts but isn't hilarious. It's not a terrible read but it is self-indulgent and reflects a lot of self-help literature. If you want to read about a married middle aged man taking up swimming, running and praising Sydney this is the book for you. The title is deceptive in that Marsh was laid off after a re-organisation and as a successful advertising executive coul ...more
Aug 30, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it
I found this book really engaging, even if the ultimate lesson seemed to be that he found his life....and then promptly went back to work. But the writing style is catchy, and it's a fun, quick read with a few meaningful moments worth thinking on.
Brian Galvin
Jun 04, 2014 Brian Galvin rated it really liked it
Good read.

insightful, encouraging and quite relatable. pleasant surprise. a blend of memoir and self help, the author shares how he took time off work to balance his life.
Sep 25, 2012 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are not too particular about memoirs.
Shelves: memoir
This was kind of a weak 3 star book for me. I don't demand a lot from memoirs. If I don't dislike the author, feel they're being dishonest or find it terribly boring, I'm usually satisfied enough to give 3 stars. I tend to be more lenient than with fiction because it is their life we're talking about. It's hard to give a bad review of someone's life! I expected this one to be funnier though. Only a few laughs for me but he was a decent guy and his story was readable. Also, based on the title, I ...more
Aug 05, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am in two minds about this book. At times it was laugh out loud funny, but at others I thought he was a absolute wa**er. Nigel at least gives it a go, he looks at unemployed life (even one by choice after a redundancy) in a positive manner and makes some big changes in his life which improve his families quality of life, but he's living in a totally different world to most of us (on a strict budget but having latte's at the cafe and travelling in any form are not a strict budget to me).

But it
Apr 30, 2012 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cleanskin
I had seen this one around for a while and finally picked up the audio book version, read by the author. Almost gave up on the first CD but glad I didn't. There were some good bits in this. For someone who lives in Sydney its probably a good little ego enhancer and Marsh admits to loving the place. Maybe he has only lived in the inner city or coastal side, but I can understand his thoughts. Good humour and well written. What nearly put me off was the idea of him being fired. He chose to be out o ...more
Oct 22, 2014 S rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some humor, but the content is superficial. The author's ted talk is great, which is what prompted me to read the book in the first place.
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