Sunday, August 16, 2009

Friends like these by Danny Wallace

Danny Wallace is about to turn thirty and his life has become a cliche. Recently married and living in a smart new area of town, he's swapped pints down the pub for lattes and brunch. For the first time in his life, he's feeling, well ...grown-up.

But some thing's not right. Some thing's missing. Until he finds an old address book containing just twelve names.

His best mates as a kid. Where are they now? Who are they now? And how are they coping with being grown-up too?And so begins a journey from A-Z, tracking down and meeting his old gang. He travels from Berlin to Tokyo, from Sydney to LA.

Part-comedy, part-travelogue, part-memoir, "Friends Like These" is the story of what can happen when you track down your past, and of where the friendships you thought you'd outgrown can take you today...

This is one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. I loved every minute of and found myself laughing out loud while reading it (even in the most inappropriate of places!)
Danny has a great comedic style of writing and I loved the inclusion of snapshots of all of the people that he reconnects with and the pages from his 'Our News' copy from when he was about six. I particularly loved the episode in which to get revenge for a prank that happened twelve years before, Danny ends up in Los Angeles dressed as a giant rabbit called "Mangriff the Beast Warrior", off-the-wall hilarious stuff, a must read for anyone who likes a good laugh!

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