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A brilliantly witty story of unconventional, unwavering, and regularly exasperating friendship. INCLUDES A FREE DOWNLOAD OF A NEW JIM BOB E.P. Meet Jarvis Ham: tea-room assistant, diarist, lift-cadger, Princess Di fan, secret alcoholic, and relentless seeker of fame. Jarvis may be an all-round irritant, but he,s harmless, and deep down, you know, he,s got a heart of gold. ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published May 10th 2012 by The Friday Project (first published January 1st 2012)
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Michael Legge
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Buy this book and read it. That's my advice. We can discuss it afterwards.
Nicole
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
At last, a novel (for adults) with pictures!

If you grew up in the 90s then Driving Jarvis Ham will serve as a fond, if embarrassing reminder of the gregarious luminosity of the era. Crushingly accurate in narrative, I was immediately transported back to my awkward teendom.

A memoir with a difference Adrian Mole style but told through the eyes of Jarviss long-suffering best friend and accidental chauffeur, who remains nameless throughout. Its hard not to adopt a fondness for the hapless Jarvis,
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Amanda
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Many LOL moments of the dark type here plus some genuine pathos, which may have been brought to the book by me. I love an underdog and become fiercely protective of the odd, the mocked and the apparently hopeless.

You don't get much more hopeless than the hapless Ham. Princess Diana fanatic, fame hunter and secret alcoholic with a troublesome hobby that proves to be his undoing. We find out, bit by bit, what Jarvis has been up to via his nameless best friend who acts as Ham's chauffeur. This
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Hannah Renowden
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Hmmm....not sure about this one.

Though, it didn't have a chance in hell, having been read straight after the king of all diary based prose (Adrian Mole), and I found it rather flat.

It held me enough to finish it, which I can't say for alot of new fiction this year and although the ending was signposted heavily throughout I found parts entertaining and the characters interesting.

It wasn't laugh out loud funny and the reason "you won't feel sorry for Jarvis" which is built up and up throughout
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Catalina
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's more a 3.5 stars, but seen that Goodreads doesn't implement half stars I will round it up to 4.

First page and I was like: "what's this silly thing", way into the book and I was still wondering why I keep on reading it, but you know how hard it is to give up a book after you started it. But with each page I started to like the silly situations and the dark humor of the narrator, but I really wasn't prepare for the big surprise brought by the last pages.

This book really grew with each page,
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Mike Worth
May 11, 2012 rated it it was ok


Gutted, was really looking forward to this with Jim Bobs Storage Stories and the Life on the Road with Carter books being 2 of the best books I read last year.

Unfortunately, this one was mot in the sane league. It seemed hastily put together and very contrived. Ok, I enjoyed parts and Jim Bobs writing/puns and descriptions are often excellent, but I just think this story just didn't really need telling.

Ho hum, just hope the next when it comes is a return to form.
Snoakes
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I only realised fairly recently that Jim Bob was an author these days, and once I found out, I had to read this.
It's jolly good fun in a slightly dark sort of way, and it's got pictures - what's not to like?
Looking forward to the next one already which will be published under the name J.B. Morrison in a few weeks time.
Dazz
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I can't say this is the best book I have ever read but it certainly was enjoyable and well worth reading.
To get the best from this book you have to really try and understand the main characters, get into their heads and walk around a little instead of just going by what is written on the page.
The trademark Jim Bob dark humour is well worth the time and money.
Christopher Law
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Being a lifelong Carter USM fan, I had to read this. It's an enjoyable enough read with a fair amount of black humour but I was hoping to like it more. I'd still recommend it but not as much as I do the band.
Alex Sarll
If this had taken longer to read, I might be harsher on its blemishes. But when it's a one-dayer, well, it's an enjoyably horrid little tale.
Chris
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I had no idea what to expect from this book which is a good thing I feel. Quite good all in all.
Marcus
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Not at all what I expected, a good read nonetheless.
Emilie Williams
Dec 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Absolute drivel!
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