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Pages: 48

Language: English

Publisher: Longman; New Ed edition (1 Nov. 1999)

By: Stephen Pile(Author)

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It is difficult to be really bad at something but the people in this book succeed! Drivers who can't drive, travellers who get lost all the time and policemen who can't catch criminals. This book is full of funny stories about people who always get things wrong - and they're all true!

Very, very funny - recommended for all ages.

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  • By Cole on 15 October 2005

    Having lent my copy of the original I was pleased to find it was still available from penguin (or so I thought), and I bought two copies. Big mistake, as some of the other reviewers have made clear (although most seem to have, bizarrely, given a review of the original edition and NOT the one advertised here !). This work still gives the dry, factual substance of each story, but penguin have inexplicably removed the clever wordplay, witty remarks and all enjoyment offered by the original. It is put together in a style seemingly designed to be neither edifying, nor amusing and penguin should hang their heads in shame. The editing (as a childrens reader) is both ham-fisted and patronising and anyone reading this book will be left wondering why they've wasted their time and money. The original was already accessible to all ages and probably the funniest book I've ever read. If you have ever come across the original please write to penguin asking for it to be re-released. DO NOT BUY THIS EDITION - You will be terribly disappointed.

  • By LindyLou on 8 July 2017

    Hilarious, just hilarious

  • By Guest on 27 February 2004

    This is not the original "Book of Heroic Failures", but a smaller version, rewritten for children. Those buying the book out of a sense of nostalgia for the hilarious original will be very disappointed.The contents are doubtless suitable for the intended audience, but the wit and timing of the original are sadly missing

  • By Jay on 5 March 2007

    I read an early version of this book (1980 give or take a few years) and it is especially good as easy reading,(for the quote to Einstein when he was 10, from a tutor that he wouldn't get very far in life!!!!) or anyone else who is going through a stressful period of their lives. Liked the one where a robber breaks into a mansion, drinks all the wine, then becomes drunk and when found by the police is sleeping like a baby.

  • By R. Weir on 24 March 2003

    This book - and it's sequel, the Return of Heroic Failures - are two of the most thumbed books in my (considerable) collection.The material itself is funny: the Worst Phrasebook ("To Craunch a Marmoset"), the worst lines of poetry, and the worst Opera Programme Notes are amongst my personal favourites. What lifts this above a simple compilation though is Pile's somewhat whimsical approach and the deliberate attempt to not just report the disasters, but to celebrate them. As a result, you often feel you are laughing with the unfortunates, a much more rewarding feeling than laughing at them.When you're feeling a bit low, these books are ideal to give you a bit of a lift: and to remind you that there's always someone worse off than yourself. After all, you could be called "Depressed Cupboard Cheesecake".....

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