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Portrait of an idiot as a young man - Part memoir, part explanation as to why men are so rubbish
Jon Holmes
Paperback / softback
Orion Books
UK Publication Date

When Jon Holmes became a father (twice), he was asked to fill in a form
detailing his family medical history. Except he couldn't, because he has
no idea who his family are. Born to an unnamed, unmarried mother and an
unknown father and given up for adoption at four weeks old, Jon decided
to document his own history, so that one day he could pass it on to his

It's a story of how boys grow up to become (stupid)
men, of sexual misadventure, of being accidentally shot in the face, of
spiders, a ghost, a fatally injured gerbil, American road trips that
went wrong, becoming inadvertently locked in Graham Norton's toilet with
an Oscar nominated screenwriter, being removed from Mrs Thatcher's
vicinity by her security detail and having loving parents who did their
best to bring up a child that wasn't theirs.

Part memoir, part
hilarious insight into why men are so inept, this is the true story of
how an unwanted baby in the Midlands went on to become a wanted man in
the state of Texas, and everything that happened in between.

His children will never be allowed to read it.

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Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis and Jon Holmes are part of the writing team behind the ever-popular THE NOW SHOW broadcast on Radio 4. Their writing credits include THE MARY WHITEHOUSE EXPERIENCE, MOCK THE WEEK and strangely, THE IMAGINATIVELY TITLED PUNT AND DENNIS SHOW.

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Like most men, Jon Holmes is an absolute idiot. Here he explains why.
Danny Wallace

An honest, hilarious must-read, it's like Caitlin Moran meets The Inbetweeners.
Miranda Hart

Laugh-out-loud funny
Hugh Dennis

Jon Holmes is as funny as he is short, which is very.
Josh Widdicombe

...a masterclass in comedy's an instantly charming and engaging read, which will endear you to the author, as much as it will revolt and amuse you.
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viii, 295

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