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When You Are Engulfed In Flames

David Sedaris

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Biography, Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction, Humour collections & anthologies

A brilliant new collection of essays from the number 1 bestselling writer named by Time magazine as America s Favorite Humorist.

David Sedaris remarkable ability to uncover the hilarious absurdity teeming just below the surface of everyday life is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this new book of stories.

Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life - the etiquette of having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger or how to soundproof your windows with LP covers against neurotic songbirds - to the most deeply resonant human truths.

Taking in the parasitic worm that once lived in his mother-in-law s leg, an encounter with a dingo, the purchase of a human skeleton and culminating in a brilliant account of his attempt to quit smoking - in Tokyo - David Sedaris' sixth story collection is a fresh masterpiece of comic writing.

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Praise for When You Are Engulfed In Flames

  • As the new millennium ends its first decade, it would now seem to be David Sedaris's turn to make us laugh as America blunders about the planet minding everyone else's business. With his strangely soothing eccentricities and his impeccable comic timing, it's hard to imagine a better person to do it. - Sydney Morning Herald

  • A master at self-deprecation. - Daily Telegraph

  • He is a seemingly bottomless pit of hilarious anecdotes and pithy truths. - Sunday Telegraph

  • His beautiful way with words and rambling scene set-ups result in the kind of gentle comedy that will have you bubbling with laughter as Sedans takes embarrassing himself to a whole new level. - MX

  • The undisputed king of humorous writing. - Harpers' Bazaar

  • He really does make you laugh out loud. And, as ever, he provides a masterclass in easy, conversational prose. You always have the feeling that you and Dave are sitting down having a chat - albeit an unusually entertaining one. And that is a wildly under-estimated skill. - Sunday Age

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David Sedaris

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and his most recent book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller. The audio version of Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls was a Grammy nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. He is the author of the New York Times-bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Wicked Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. Sedaris's pieces appear regularly in the New Yorker and have twice been included in 'The Best American Essays'. There are a total of ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into twenty-nine languages.

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