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The Drought by Steven Scaffardi
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Apr 07, 2013

it was amazing

This is Lad-Lit at its finest and I loved it from start to finish and you can’t say that about many books. I enjoyed it so much that I recommended it to the hubby, who informed me that it was bound to be wittier than chick-lit because men are naturally funnier than women and that’s why there are no decent, British female stand-up comedians. Hence the debate that followed about him challenging me to name any famous ones, apart from Jo Brand, which was on the tip of my tongue. So I expressed a liking for that one that makes jokes about her weight and her man issues and cakes and he told me not to mention Jo Brand but I wasn't, I was talking about the one from Newcastle only I couldn't remember her name. Point won, he replied. And that brings me back to why I adored this book since it’s full of advice for the ladies as to what goes on inside a man’s mind, which isn't a lot if you take away the football, the beer and the sex but apart from that they are basic creatures that we just can’t live without, without falling for their manly charms, especially when they use them on us.

This novel follows the premise for the best in the genre and that is to keep the story simple and easy to relate to and keep the laughs coming, when the main character gets into all sorts of cringe-worthy situations and you wonder what the hell is coming next for the poor guy so you can't stop turning the pages to find out. And when the author gets it right, you’ll know it when you read it and want to tell the world that you've found a brilliant new comedy writer who goes by the name of Steven Scaffardi. The Drought is about a typical bloke called Dan who has a group of pals that always have his back and their banter is so true to life that I swear I’m related to one of them as they try their best to steer Dan in the right direction after his breakup with his long-standing girlfriend, which in turn leads to ‘the drought’ being his hilarious plight to end his sexless life from there on in. Will Dan ever get laid again? Will Dan manage to keep his job and his love life separate? And will Dan take his mother’s advice instead of his friends? You’ll have to get your hands on a copy to find out so don’t delay on bringing some wicked, humour filled literature into you day by reading this book too.
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message 1: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn O'Halloran What about Dawn French? She does standup doesn't she?

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