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Goat Lips: Tales of A Lapsed Englishman

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4.35  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Goat Lips delivers a thought-provoking romp through a lapsed Englishman’s life, who—after a quarter century of living in the United States—realized he’d neglected to renew his subscription to England. Matthew’s relentless wit and insight is front and center as we bounce between England and the United States, experiencing one hilarious, and sometimes poignant, tale after an ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Merry Dissonance Press
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Sunny Weber
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mathew Taylor's ability to describe his quirky, upbeat view of life is engaging, charming, and beyond entertaining. I couldn't put this book down! I even read it while I awaited a colonoscopy—I'm sure others in their curtained cubicles wondered why I kept laughing out loud!

I appreciate British humor and Mathew's style of writing is fantastic—witty, descriptive, and fast moving. I could see myself over his head as he narrated his experiences. His poignant stories touched me, his funny stories ti
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Roxanne Ho
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Throughly enjoyable tales from a funny man
Deedra
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Loving Brits like I do,I assumed I would enjoy this.I did not find it funny, for the most part.Matthew Taylor has a nice narrating voice.I was provided this book by the author,narrator or publisher.
Lynda Dickson
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 16+
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is very cleverly structured. The stories are not in chronological order, although there is a "map" at the beginning of the book giving the order of the events. From the first story, explaining the origin of the book's title, the author sets the tongue-in-cheek tone. You just know you're going to be in for a fun ride. The book covers such varied topics as Matthew's first car, scattering his mother's ashes, how he proposes to his wife, fulfilling his mother's dying wish, his time as a di ...more
Sandra Lopez
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is a collection of stories about Matthew Taylor, chronicling events from his audition as “Goat Lips” to his near-orgasm of owning his first car.

The author relays an honest and witty account in a light and philosophical manner. The events in the book are somewhat analyzed from the character’s point of view, like his theory on jumping in first naked, for example. Some were interesting while others were just weird, like his idea of changing the word “clothing” to “jiggle-stoppers.” Ooo-kay.

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S.A. Molteni
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Goat Lips by Mathew Taylor is a witty and well-spun memoir of an Englishman transplanted to Colorado. It is packed full of hilarious hi-jinks and stories from the author's life in England as well as his transition to the United States.

I was not sure what I would find when I started reading this memoir, but after the first few chapters I was hooked and wanted to know more of what happened to this Englishman in America. What followed was a few hours of laughter, some tears and above all an enterta
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Eryc
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What can you say about a gifted, twisted, hilarious polymath like Matthew Taylor? This is probably the funniest book I've read in a very long time, but it's also provocative, poignant, and sometimes downright sad. With stories drawn from all phases of his storied life, Taylor exposes all of his warts and wonder with sincerity, humility, and flawless comic timing. Since Taylor is primarily a live storyteller, this collection lends itself to reading aloud. Throw a party and pass it around, having ...more
Kelly
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it

Matthew's personal stories will especially resonate with those that have had farcical experiences in their youth, those that have lost a friend or a parent, and those that have had their hearts warmed by the simple or generous act of a child. I had the pleasure of listening to Matthew read a few excerpts from "Goat Lips" and it was truely even more hilarious and touching. I vote for an audio book read by the author!
Karen Morrissey
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found this memoir by an English stand-up comic to be entertaining. I was expecting hilarious based on the back cover descriptions, but I only found it amusing. Maybe it was me, but I thought the humor was understated enough (how English) that I only chuckled, not laughed, as I read the book.

Don't get me wrong. I recommend this book for those who enjoy dry humor, just don't expect to roll on the floor.
Barbara
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any avid reader
Recommended to Barbara by: Goodreads
A series of short stories by "the lapsed Englishman" Matthew Taylor. Varied topics with the wonderful English wit that I love. From the story of the author auditioning for the ghost lips commercial to the one about his son wanting to have a "Jesus birthday party" complete with a Jesus pinata you can't keep from laughing out loud. If you enjoy English humor, this book will not disappoint.
Tricia Southern johnson
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. Such a great telling of the complexities of life, the ups and the downs, and what really makes us who we are. Lots of laughs coupled with heartfelt moments with which anyone can relate.
Donna Mazzitelli
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderfully entertaining read. I laughed mostly and cried occasionally. Matthew is a fabulous storyteller who can take us right there with him.
Mary Walewski
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! Terrific first book from professional storyteller Matthew Taylor. Funny, thoughtful and full of wit.
Leslie
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful and vibrant storytelling that is both hysterical and poignant. This book also makes a terrific gift!
MG
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an easy read. A fun collection of stories that allow the reader to pick up and put down the book by chapters.
Victoria Virnich
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Goat Lips is like a Sedaris collection with a saucy English accent! I literally laughed out loud when I was reading!
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Matthew Taylor was transplanted to Colorado from the small sailing village of Itchenor, England. He has been a professional actor, improviser, storyteller, and humorist for the last twenty five years, working throughout the United States and internationally. He is a partner of A.C.E. Entertainment which over the last fourteen years has written and produced over twenty-five original shows and who a ...more
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