Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy: And Other Rules to Live By
** THE NEW BOOK FROM THE AWARD-WINNING COMEDIAN AND WRITER**
'Mitchell is an exceptionally clever, eloquent and spot-on commentator. We should be grateful for him.' Daily Mail
David Mitchell's 2014 bestseller Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse must really have made people think - because everything's got worse. We've gone from UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, from...more
When reading this book I was reading it as I imagined he would be saying it all - hard not to. I really enjoyed this look at life through David's eyes - a series of columns from a British paper. He talks about everything from Trump to ...more
The columns are organised into categories and I loved hearing David's view on each and every one. He is so articulate and he presents a well thought out, well constructed side to his arguments that's very difficult to argue with. He just always seems so rational that you will ...more
His topics, as you may expect, cover Brexit, Cameron, May, Boris et al, alongside such more diverse topics as popular culture, the Olympics and the internet. It’s all done in his slightly grumpy curmudgeonly voice, distinct enough that you hear the columns as if he’s speaking ...more
Mitchell is obviously used to working with words, and his pieces are excellent writing of the sort that often goes under-appreciated -- too much of a sprint next to the memoirist's personal novel, and without any overarching argument to make into a nonfiction book of any other sort. They really are well-crafted, though, ...more
I really wanted to love this book. I belong to the majority of people who find David Mitchell smart and funny. So I was disappointed to find myself thinking that he is neither knowledgeable enough to be erudite nor amusing enough to be hilarious. What I got from this book instead was some mild entertainment and only a handful of really well constructed profound quotes.
I think the problem was that Mitchell's targets were too obvious (the elite, ...more
"By now, you should have descended into misanthropic apathy"
I'm skeptical about books that are built around previously written online / newspaper articles from the author, but it really works here. The first part has a great through-line of David's take on various unusual dishonest aspects of society, from polite lies to medicine advertising to what cosmetics are considered lies and what aren't.
The second half has great breakdowns of various ...more
While reading I kept waiting for him to throw out something that sounded genuinely out of touch. After all, I'm a queer millennial and he's a middle-aged white guy. But I could find no fault with the combination of admitting not knowing what's best and having some genuine suggestions.
This was very funny.
David Mitchell is a British actor, comedian and writer. He is one half of the comedic duo Mitchell and Webb, alongside Robert Webb, whom he met at Cambridge University. There they were both part of the Cambridge Footlights, of which Mitchell became President. Together the ...more