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Being a Man

Robert Twigger

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Prose: non-fiction, Travel writing

Further adventures in extreme (and not so extreme) sports, from the bestselling author of ANGRY WHITE PYJAMAS.

Having learnt aikido with the Tokyo riot police (Angry White Pyjamas), hunted for the world's longest snake in the jungles of the Far East (Big Snake), Robert Twigger now turns his attention to other traditionally male pursuits and pastimes (some of which are fairly close to home, some of which are more extreme), and looks at the questions these raise about masculinity and the role of man in modern society. Being a Man features Twigger participating in and writing on: the informal rules and thrill-seeking of solo climbing, bullfighting in Spain, the 'illicit pleasures of buying my first gun' and the rules of survival with a tribe of Naga headhunters- the sort of activities and pursuits often scorned in the modern, interiorised, office-basd world

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Praise for Being a Man

  • He is certainly very good on the allure of some male-dominated subcultures - Guardian

  • If Twigger really is lamenting a passing age of masculinity, he does so in quixotic style in this amusing memoir - The Times

  • Twigger is acute and disarming, and his book on manliness has the refreshing virtue of declining to see women as the enemy - New Statesman - Robert Winder

  • A beguiling stylist, he interleaves reminiscence and aphorism to produce something wholly original. A tour de force. - Will Self

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Robert Twigger

ROBERT TWIGGER has won the Newdigate Prize for poetry, the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award and the Somerset Maugham Award. His twelve books have been translated into over twenty languages and cover both fiction and non-fiction, memoir and travel. He spent a year training with the Tokyo riot police, crossed Canada in a homemade birchbark canoe and was the first person to traverse entirely on foot the Egyptian Great Sand Sea. His quarterly comic of memoir and travel, This Simple Life, is available at

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