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The Sound Of No Hands Clapping: A Memoir

Toby Young

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

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

Now in B Format.

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 AND ALIENATE PEOPLE, 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.

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Praise for The Sound Of No Hands Clapping: A Memoir

  • 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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Toby Young

Toby Young was born in 1963. In the course of his career as a journalist he's been fired from a succession of prestigious newspapers and magazines, including The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and Vanity Fair. He lives in Shepherd's Bush

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