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    • ISBN:9780748109852
    • Publication date:04 Sep 2008

The Sound Of No Hands Clapping

A Memoir

By Toby Young

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  • £14.00

* After the international success of HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS & ALIENATE PEOPLE Toby Young returns with another hilarious memoir about social and professional failure

When even his friends refer to him as 'a balding, bug-eyed opportunist with the looks of a beach ball, the charisma of a glove-puppet and an ego the size of a Hercules supply plane,' the odds of Toby Young scoring - in any sense - appear to be slim. But then HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS, his memoir about failing to take Manhattan, becomes an international bestseller. Now Tinseltown beckons. After receiving a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity from a Hollywood producer, Toby sets his sights anew on a high-flying career, this time on the West Coast. But it doesn't take long for Toby's self-sabotaging instincts to reassert themselves. On the home front, though, things are looking up: Toby persuades his girlfriend to marry him and move to Los Angeles - but then she decides to abandon her promising legal career in order to become a full-time housewife . . . and mother.

Toby's hapless attempts to pursue a glamorous showbiz career while buried in nappies will strike a chord with all modern fathers struggling to find the right work/life balance . . . and with their exasperated wives. Failure - and fatherhood - have never been funnier.

Biographical Notes

Toby Young has been fired from a succession of prestigious newspapers and magazines, including THE TIMES, VANITY FAIR and the EVENING STANDARD. He currently works as a freelance writer.

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  • ISBN: 9780349118529
  • Publication date: 02 Aug 2007
  • Page count: 288
  • Imprint: Abacus
I liked it so much I sent Toby Young an e-mail congratulating him — TELEGRAPH
Young remains a solid comic writer with a winning awareness of his own absurdity. I couldn't put it down — TIME OUT
If you like your reading to have a certain voyeurism, this is probably a must — OBSERVER
Only Young could have failed so spectacularly and turned the experience into such a funny and addictively readable story — EVENING STANDARD
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