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From bestselling author Nick Spalding comes a laugh-out-loud story about getting offline—and getting on with life.

Andy Bellows is in a right state. Plagued with insomnia, anxiety and neckache, he’s convinced there’s something seriously wrong with him. And the worst thing is that his doctor agrees. The diagnosis: Andy is in the grip of a self-destructive addiction to techno
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JEN A
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a must read book for anyone who has found themselves spending just a little too much time on the Internet (basically all of us). The main character Andy is a normal run-of-the-mill guy who comes to realize that he’s really not living a full life by being so obsessed with social media. The situations that Andy finds himself in are hilarious but also thought-provoking. The great takeaway from this novel is balance - something we all need alittle bit more of in our lives
Peter
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rebalancing
In our world of instant communications, information overload, connected devices and online communities have we become slaves to the relentless appetite of the internet? Are we addicted to data? Nick Spalding has a formula for taking many of these real-world (and often sensitive) issues and building an entertaining and thought-provoking story around it. In Logging Off Nick poses this particular scenario when his main protagonist, Andy Bellows, suddenly finds himself in the middle of a
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PamG
LOGGING OFF by Nick Spalding is classified as British humor and satire. There is some humor and satire in it so that seems to fit. Andy Bellows is a freelance graphic designer that is afflicted with headaches, neck aches, insomnia, muscle aches and gastrointestinal issues. With the help of his phone and tablet, he tries to self-diagnose himself, but ends up going to the doctor. The doctor tells him he needs to do a digital detox for two months and gives him a pamphlet to guide him. His only use ...more
Brandice
Andy is addicted to technology, using it in some form or another for just about every aspect of his life — I was exhausted by his use of apps in the first chapter alone. After a rough day, Andy experiences severe physical symptoms which lead him to believe something is wrong. Of course his online research confirms death is looming, so he makes a doctor’s appointment, at which his doctor prescribes a digital detox. Andy begrudgingly acknowledges his tech addiction and decides to give it a go.

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Amanda
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andrew is obsessed with Facebook, Twitter and is constantly looking at his phone and playing computer games.

He visits his doctor regarding his health conditions, after googling and jumping to the conclusion that he has Cancer. The Doctor advises to have a “Digital Detox” This sounds easier than what it is, no more looking at weather apps before going out and even ordering food online is now a no go!!

I liked this book as we can all relate to Andrew, spending too much time on the internet, foreve
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JEN A
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read book for anyone who has found themselves spending just a little too much time on the Internet (basically all of us). The main character Andy is a normal run-of-the-mill guy who comes to realize that he’s really not living a full life by being so obsessed with social media. The situations that Andy finds himself in are hilarious but also thought-provoking. The great takeaway from this novel is balance - something we all need alittle bit more of in our lives
Mark
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At times hysterically funny
At other times irritating as!

Andy needs to ‘log off’ from the internet and social media and get his life in order, this all comes to a head when he goes to ‘sell his wares’ as a graphic designer to a ‘hip and happening’ company, to say he has a meltdown is an understatement and he decides after a trip to the Dr’s that ‘giving it all up’ is for him

The book then charts his success on his 60 day detox in this very 121 author to reader chat style read and as said some of
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The Cats’ Mother
This is about the fifth book I’ve read from this author, having loved my first, Dry Hard, and the rest progressively less. There’s definitely a formula - neurotic Everyman takes on a daunting challenge while being followed by some form of media, discovering heart-warming home truths and usually love in the process.
There’s also generally a combination of distinctly puerile comedy and a serious topic that at least gets you thinking at least. They’re quick easy reads and Spalding has an engaging st
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Sherwood Smith
Some added irony in this satiric look at the tech-generation, and the joys of logging off and getting out to meet real people. Not the fault of the author, of course, that his book is being released at the height of social distancing.

It's a fun story, if sometimes a tad predictable: Andy, an ordinary guy (or, as this takes place in England, bloke) is having all kinds of physical difficulties. Like everyone else, he turns to the Internet to self-diagnose, and as he notices, all self-diagnosis roa
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Ian
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
This entertaining little fictional story tells of the ups and downs of one man's attempt at coping with everyday life without relying on the use of modern day technology and all its trappings. No smartphones, no apps, no ipads, no laptops, no internet. Forget your bloggers, trollers, tweeters and vloggers - all are gone - yes, in short... a total digital detox. The catalyst for change - Ill health brought on by a 24/7 reliance and over-use of these readily available technological aids, so would ...more
Melissa Borsey
Overall this was a cute and humorous read that was also excessively wordy in parts and I found myself skimming at times. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Obsidian
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not too much to say, typical Spalding. Parts were really funny and parts of it were really draggy. I liked the overall premise, Andy is told by his doctor he needs a tech detox because of some medical issues he is having, and shenanigans occur.

I ultimately wish that the book had actually moved more into a direction of Andy's other interests (he started reading and walking more) instead of him acting like an ass because he couldn't look up what stars were up to via Instagram. I think that a lot o
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Kirsty ❤️
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was the first book that had me laughing out loud for a long, long time. Even though right at the end it says it's a book about relationships rather than technology I found that while reading it I started to take much more notice of how much time I spent on social media and it did reduce. Some of Andrews' adventures are hilarious and he meets some very odd people neither of which would happen if he was permanently attached to his mobile phone. is blind date in particular had me howling. ...more
Susan Z
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 hysterical stars!

This book is hilarious. If content largely focused on a poop and tracking it on poop app bothers you, don't despair, it's just the first chapter or 2 and then just sprinkled sporadically throughout.

Andy is addicted to technology, he literally had an app for everything. As we all know, phone addiction is real and can negatively impact your life. For Andy, the problems go beyond the mental state and manifest themselves as physical ailments. It's time for Andy to do a digital d
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Donna Hines
If you need a vacay from the world this is your go too!
Loved, everything about this one from the humor, to the sarcasm, to the romance, to the message that we have to detox from technology.
Too much is too much and folks I for one couldn't agree more with Nick when he notes a tech diet is in order.
Sure, it's all fun and games but I enjoyed the entire scene with the gaming, the online dating, the revolution that one must correspond and engage in actual face to face conversations.
It was all a pleas
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Tiffany
Apr 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
The premise of this book is the wonderful benefits found from disconnecting and actually living without all the devices. I liked the idea of the book, I just couldn't do it. I tried. I suffered through the first 1/4 of the book. I skimmed the next 1/4. There was too much language and the humor was just not my style. I wish I could have read it because I think we need different ways of looking at the need to unplug. This just wasn't the one for me.

Could not finish.

Thank you NetGalley for an ARC f
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Misty
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Nick Spalding is an acquired taste. At least that is what I am led to believe when I read all the rave reviews of his work. Seemingly well-adjusted, intelligent people are incredibly dedicated Spalding fans, forging a fiery path of cult-like loyalty and leaving scorched earth beneath the ashes of Spalding detractors. This being the case, I am awarding the book a full three stars, which should be enough to keep the over-zealous Spalding groupies from blowing up my social media. I do, however, fea ...more
Priya Shrinath
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the most fun filled male centric novel I've ever read. I laughed, giggled almost every single chapter and loved it.

Andy Bellows, a freelance graphic designer is addicted to internet and everything online. So addicted that he has a habit of googling every symptom he has and getting diagnosed online without consulting an actual doctor. Oh did I tell you about the App he uses to monitor his every bowel movement?

One fine day when he's pitching his new design to a probable client, shit happen
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T.J. Dallas
I actually bought this book by accident. Sort of. I thought it was more of a self-help guide rather than a comedy fiction, but shit happens, lol. I got it for a quid and thought why not?

It was OK. It's a nice, quick, and easy read, sometimes humorous, but a little childish as well. There's names like Herbert Bilch, Wilberforce and his pug dressed as Harry Potter called Puggerlugs, and some sort of estate agent vampire (literally) who's name I can't even remember. And the MC Andy talked a lot abo
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Alison Cairns
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good funny read as I expected, but with a lot of depth. It really made me assess my use of social media and the time I spend online playing mindless games. An easy read - leading to a challenging decision! The descriptions of Andy's bowel problems were funny - and familiar!! Some real laugh out loud moments. I'm still smiling thinking about the duck pond, which in the current climate means the book was a real success. #netgalley #loggingoff ...more
Diane Standish
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to #netgalley, #lakeunionpublishing , and #amazonpublishingUK for the opportunity to read this hilarious book.
Pub date April 23, 2020
If you've ever thought about disconnecting from all your electronic devices, you will get a kick out of this book. Andy is suffering from all kinds of physical problems and when his jaw freezes up during a presentation, he make appointment with his doctor. Diagnosis? Technology addiction! Treatment? No technology allowed for 60 days! I laughed out loud at he
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Diane Standish
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to #netgalley, #lakeunionpublishing , and #amazonpublishingUK for the opportunity to read this hilarious book.
Pub date April 23, 2020
If you've ever thought about disconnecting from all your electronic devices, you will get a kick out of this book. Andy is suffering from all kinds of physical problems and when his jaw freezes up during a presentation, he make appointment with his doctor. Diagnosis? Technology addiction! Treatment? No technology allowed for 60 days! I laughed out loud at he
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Anne
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd never read a Nick Spalding book before but this was simply put, hilarious! I literally laughed all the way through the novel. Andy's doctor recommends a "digital detox" as his obsession with social media has manifested itself into physical symptoms that Andy can no longer ignore. The characters are quirky, the humor is constant, and the message is poignant. What Andy comes away with is a sense of balance that, of course makes sense for all of us as he feels lost without his devices. And iron ...more
Alice 🌙
5/5 ⭐️
Super funny and relatable tbh, I kinda wanna try to step away from the internet after reading this book.
Rebecca Rowlands
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sort of a weird book to read during the lockdown where I am spending about 13 hours a day on my phone or laptop or Nintendo but Spalding books always make me laugh and I needed that.

I loved it. I laughed a lot. I related a lot to the subject and I almost even decided to google a detox for myself, but I will be sure to avoid the duck ponds for a while.

The characters in this book are likeable from the very beginning and there are so many laugh out loud moments throughout the thing meant I got exa
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
This is my first Nick Spalding book. The plotline really intrigued me as I have quite a few times gone through the process of "online" burnout and had to take a break from social media. Nick writes with humour, the main character, a graphic designer lives as so many do from waking to fretfully sleeping - still using apps and keeping well plugged in. How many apps on your phone?

Waking and checking Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, emails and all before breakfast! Let's be honest a lot of people live
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Chrissie
As evidenced by the title, Logging Off is a quirky little novel relaying the story of Andy Bellows as he puts himself through a digital detox. He needs his physical and mental health to be transformed, as he is suffering from a wide variety of stress-induced ailments and, most notably, irritable bowel syndrome. Doctor's orders.

Logging Off, while not without its charm in some spots, was silly but not incredibly entertaining. Andy was whiny, lacking a great deal of depth, and, while he held countl
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Erin B SC
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a very interesting book. We follow Andy Bellows, technology addict and sufferer of several health problems because of it, as he goes through a digital detox. Obviously, there are lots of lessons learned along the way. The irony was not lost on me that I read this book on the Kindle app of my iPhone and found that several times I thought of something I needed to do or popped off the book into social media. We all have some addict in us! This was not the most sophisticated writing and was ...more
Laura McToal
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Andy is ridiculously addicted to the internet. To such an extent that he barely manages not to defecate all over himself at an interview and experiences symptoms similar to a stroke in said interview.

He books himself a Drs appointnent, spends the time leading up to the appointment Googling his symptoms (always a great idea), to be told by his GP that he needs a technology detox.

Now Andy must spend two months navigating life without technology while learning exactly to what extent he has let that
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Louise
Jun 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the previous one I read by this author (Checking Out) but still entertaining with some funny moments. A bit far fetched without enough comedy to make up for it at times but I did love the blind date chapter.
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Nick Spalding is an author who, try as he might, can't seem to write anything serious.

Before becoming a full-time author, he worked in the communications industry, mainly in media and marketing. As talking rubbish for a living can get tiresome (for anyone other than a politician), he thought he'd have a crack at writing comedy fiction - with a very agreeable level of success so far, it has to be
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