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Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy (Hardback)

David Mitchell

From UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, horsemeat lasagne to Trump in the White House: bestselling comedian David Mitchell brilliantly tackles the dumbfounding times we live in.

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‘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 horsemeat in lasagne to Donald Trump in the White House, from Woolworths going under to all the other shops going under. It’s probably socially irresponsible even to try to cheer up.

But if you’re determined to give it a go, you might enjoy this eclectic collection (or eclection) of David Mitchell’s attempts to make light of all that darkness. Scampi, politics, the Olympics, terrorism, exercise, rude street names, inheritance tax, salad cream, proportional representation and farts are all touched upon by Mitchell’s unremitting laser of chit-chat, as he negotiates a path between the commercialisation of Christmas and the true spirit of Halloween. Read this book and slightly change your life!

‘Mitchell combines breathtaking general knowledge with withering wit.’ Guardian

Critic Reviews

It is a delight.

Zoe Ball, Radio 2 Breakfast Show
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David Mitchell is a very funny, clever man.

Mark Radcliffe, Radio 6 Music
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Packed with laughs, puns and many poignant points.

Daily Record
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The wit Mitchell shows on screen is as quick as his wit on page. He is an excellent wordsmith… always entertaining.

Mature Times
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Mitchell’s writing is wonderfully tangential.

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David Mitchell is a comedian, actor, writer and the polysyllabic member of Mitchell and Webb. He won BAFTAs for Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look, and has also starred in Jam and Jerusalem, Ambassadors, Back and as Will Shakespeare in Ben Elton’s Upstart Crow. He is the author of Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse, writes for…

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