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A guy walks into a bar . . .

From here the story could take many turns. A guy walks into a bar and meets the love of his life. A guy walks into a bar and finds no one else is there. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless. In Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, Sedaris delights with twists of humour and intelligence, remembering his father’s dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants) his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant) and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered pygmy. By turns hilarious and moving, David Sedaris masterfully looks at life’s absurdities as he takes us on adventures that are not to be forgotten.

Reviews

Romantic, shocking and punctuated with the kind of funnies that, if you're reading while eating, make you snort food through your nose
Lisa Gee, Independent
There are lines that go off like firecrackers, storing up their hilarity until the last moment, and there are the one he lobs like little grenades amid the chaos and merriment
David Shariatmadari, Guardian
There are sudden moments of honest, revelation and frailty . . . Long may he write and long may the 'Indefinite Leave' sticker remain in the once stolen and now returned passport of this honorary Briton
Viv Groskop, Telegraph
Brilliantly clever, inventive and funny
Guardian
Treat yourself to this sparkling collection of essays . . . You'll gurgle with laughter or cringe in recognition of uncomfortable truths. Sedaris . . . can identify with almost any absurd situation and wring the last drop of wit from it, but he is also the master of elegantly crafted sentences that simultaneously convey vulnerability, compassion, cruelty and glee . . . polished to perfection
Daily Mail
Thoughtful, witty, excitable, world-weary, romantic, fastidious . . . creating waves of sympathy and wry humour, as though a rather amazing stranger is addressing you and you alone
Susie Boyt, Financial Times
Biting, intimate anecdotes from America's finest humorist
Daily Telegraph
Consistently laugh-out-loud funny, Sedaris' pieces are self-obsessed, shocking, wonderfully sustained and closely observed . . . What can happen to anybody becomes darkly hilarious with Sedaris
Independent
A dazzling collection
Mail on Sunday
A dazzling collection
Mail on Sunday