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How Not To Be a Boy
How Not To Be a Boy | Robert Webb
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RULES FOR BEING A MAN Don't Cry; Love Sport; Play Rough; Drink Beer; Don't Talk About Feelings But Robert Webb has been wondering for some time now: are those rules actually any use? To anyone? Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life. Hilarious and heartbreaking, How Not To Be a Boy explores the relationships that made Robert who he is as a man, the lessons we learn as sons and daughters, and the understanding that sometimes you aren't the Luke Skywalker of your life - you're actually Darth Vader.
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Mandoul
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This was a joy to read. Webb, a writer and comedian, grew up in a working class Lincolnshire village, having very clear notions of what it means to be a man drummed in to him from an early age. This book explains how that upbringing shaped his future actions with humour, honesty and humility. He managed to take me with him the whole way, highlighting his greatest mistakes while never losing sight of his privilege as a man 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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arlenefinnigan
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#BoysDontCry #AnglophileApril
I feel I must confess that when I typed the title of this book into the search, my predictive text, after I'd typed "how not to be a....", suggested 'c**t'. I wish someone would write that book.
@Mdargusch @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @Cinfhen

CarolynM 😂😂😂 8mo
Smrloomis 🤣🤣🤣 8mo
TrishB There are quite a few people that need that book 😂 8mo
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Cinfhen LOL😆😆😆😆🙌🏻❤️ 8mo
Mdargusch Oh dear! 😳😂🤔 8mo
emilyhaldi Lolz! 7mo
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Libby1
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This is EXCELLENT. Webb shares his story in a way that is funny, deep, insightful, at times painful, & always full of heart.

This is the first book I‘ve read looking at the destructiveness of living in a patriarchal society from a male perspective. I think it‘s an important contribution to the conversation about gender equality.

If you‘re interested in this book make sure to look up a video where the author explains what he calls “The Trick”.

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kathedron
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Memoirs make me uncomfortable: it's the knowing so much deeply personal stuff about a complete stranger that I might feasibly bump into in Waterstones.
Has this book raised the profile of the harm caused by gender conditioning? Maybe. (All it took was for a man to acknowledge and write about it: who knew?!) But... Robert Webb is very funny. And surprisingly moving. I snorted with laughter, wiped a tear from my eye and had a quiet rage to myself.

readordierachel Glad to hear this is good! I like him as an actor and have been wondering about this one. 2y
jamie_in_the_library Love Robert Webb and excited to read this! 2y
Libby1 Wonderful (and very accurate!) review. 2y
kathedron @Libby1 Thank you ❤ 2y
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Libby1
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“... It starts with having a family who loves you and someone who inspires you to read. Not because reading makes you smart, although it helps, but because to involve yourself in a story is to imagine what it‘s like to be someone else. Generally, boys aren‘t much encouraged to do that.”

MeganAnn 😍😍😍 2y
Libby1 @MeganAnn - this book is full of gems like this. I would have posted more quotes but didn‘t want to ruin it for other readers. 😊 2y
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Libby1
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Neon pink #endpapers in a book about masculinity. 💕

Jabberwocky Love 💖 2y
Booksnchill Have this and listening on audible as he reads his own book- excellent 2y
Libby1 @Jabberwocky and @Booksnchill - I‘m loving this so far. 2y
kathedron Waiting for my Overdrive hold to come in. 2y
Libby1 @River_Voice - I hope you‘ll enjoy it as much as I did. 2y
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Libby1
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#LibraryHaul !

Since I don‘t have 3,082 unread books at home (no, not really).

And on a side note - the coffee tables at this cafe are made from old doors.

IamIamIam You totally have 3082 unread books, don't lie!!!! 😂 It's okay, we get it and we're ALL enablers!!!!! 2y
Libby1 @IamIamIam - I guffawed when I read your comment! 2y
IamIamIam @Libby1 GUFFAW!!!! What an excellent word!!!!! 😂😙 2y
Libby1 @IamIamIam - guffaw is one of my favourites. 😜 2y
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McFarchie
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Just started this and loving it so far! 🤘🏽

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Stevie722
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Finished this gem by one of my favourite humans! Would recommend!

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KatWDV
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Am loving this so much! I‘ve simultaneously cried and laugh on the way to work! #byguys

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asoftskeleton
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Anyone else doing the Book Riot Read Harder challenge? This is for task #12, a celebrity memoir. I love Robert Webb! #readharder

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ScorpioBookDreams
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Just started this book and really enjoying his exploration of gender stereotypes.

DeborahSmall Looking forward to this too. Have a few autobiographies to read this year x❤️ 2y
ScorpioBookDreams @DeborahSmall I‘m trying to read more non fiction this year. At least a couple per month, if I can xx 2y
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Superman_Books
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Loved this! A truly honest story of growing up being a little different, not always being perfect and the struggle of the expectation to conform to gender stereotypes. Highly recommend. #autobiography #memoir #comedy

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Superman_Books
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Loved this! An honest story of growing up being a little different, not always being perfect and the expectation to conform to gender stereotypes. Highly recommend.

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Laru79
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This seemed to take ages to read despite being only a short book, but I liked it. It‘s a really honest book, Webb is obviously the hero of his own story, but he‘s flawed and human just like the rest of us. He‘s also funny, scared, sad and ultimately optimistic! Worth a read.

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KittyEvans01
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1st autobiography in a while, looking forward to it

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wellitworkedlasttime
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My current to read pile....

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ThisIsLilli
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I think it‘s obvious from my goofy smile how stoked I was to meet Robert Webb! Saw him speak at Cheltenham Literature festival and it‘s definitely inspired me to read his book 😍🤓📚 #cheltlitfest #robertwebb #hownottobeaboy

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ScorpioBookDreams
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Epic book post from the wonderful @DeborahSmall today. All three are signed too!

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Clare_Riley
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This book made me laugh a lot, and it also made me cry now and again. A really well thought out book. Incidentally, Robert Webb comes from near where my dad and grandparents live/ lived, and I found myself reading all of his family's parts in a Lincolnshire accent 😆

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Clare_Riley
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This is so true about why we should read - but we all know that, don't we!😊 Oh, and the word 'pissed' here, is in the British English sense of 'very drunk'😉

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Moray_Reads
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I've spent the last few days convincing total strangers that I'm mad and I've done this by laughing out loud and diving while listening to this on my walk to/from work. It's blisteringly honest about his life and the effect of traditional expectations of masculinity and Webb doesn't shy from exposing the times he (and others) have even accidentally fallen for "the Trick". Moving, enraging and very, very funny, I recommend the audio in particular.

Heideschrampf Saw his reading @edbookfest and now you make me regret not buying the book. Not that the talk wasn't funny (on the contrary) but it simply wasnt in the budget no more... i'll keep the audio in mind ;) 2y
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DeborahSmall
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Last night the great Robert Webb was in Belfast, hosted again by #noalibis. I really wish I'd made this as he was apparently very good. Another dedicated copy! best bookshop ever ❤️📚

ScorpioBookDreams Bet it was an amazing event xx 2y
TrishB Cool 👍 2y
Moray_Reads I feel your pain, I missed him at the Edinburgh Book Festival 😔 2y
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Libby1
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I listened to Robert Webb reading from his book, How Not to Be a Boy, on BBC Radio 4 this morning. So, so good.

In particular, look up an interview about a concept that he discusses called "the trick". His daughter one day, trying to understand the concept of patriarchy, said something like, "is that the trick that makes boys sad and women get crap jobs?" ?

Strangely, I also bought the memoir of his comedy partner, David Mitchell, today.

Clare_Riley I have this on order from the library - I hope it arrives quickly!! 2y
LauraBrook Was just wondering whether to get this on Audible or not. Guess I'll be heading back to buy it this afternoon! 2y
HeatherBookNerd This sounds super interesting 2y
Libby1 @Clare_Riley , @LauraBrook , @HeatherBookNerd - I watched an interview on a news program and then listened to him read an excerpt on the radio. I was completely sold. 2y
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