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Description - Kitty Flanagan's 488 Rules for Life: The thankless art of being correct by Kitty Flanagan

488 Rules for Life is not a self-help book, because it's not you who needs help, it's other people. Whether they're walking and texting, asphyxiating you on public transport with their noxious perfume cloud, or leaving one useless square of toilet paper on the roll, a lot of people just don't know the rules.

But thanks to Kitty Flanagan's comprehensive guide to modern behaviour, our world will soon be a much better place. A place where people don't ruin the fruit salad by putting banana in it ... where your co-workers respect your olfactory system and don't reheat their fish curry in the office microwave ... where middle aged men don't have ponytails ...

What started as a joke on Kitty Flanagan's popular segment on ABC TV's The Weekly, is now a quintessential reference book with the power to change society. (Or, at least, make it a bit less irritating.)

What people are (Kitty Flanagan is) saying about this book:

'You're welcome everyone.'

'Thank god for me.'

'I'd rather be sad and lonely, but right.'

'There's not actually 488 rules in here but it sure feels like it'.


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Book Details

ISBN: 9781760875305
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2019
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Kitty Flanagan's 488 Rules for Life: The thankless art of being correct by Kitty Flanagan - Reviewed by (27 Feb 2021)

4.5?s 488 Rules for Life: The Thankless Art of Being Correct is a non-fiction book by Australian comedian, Kitty Flanagan. This is a book born of a throwaway comment on TV program, The Weekly, about Jordan Peterson’s book, 12 Rules for Life. Flanagan says even she was surprised at how many rules she has. And here they are, organised into sections for easy perusal.

This is laugh-out-loud funny and readers should be especially warned against listening on public transport where uncontrollable giggles and guffaws might disturb other travellers. Also eating/drinking whilst reading parts of this may result in mishap, and readers with continence issues may want to take extra precautions.

Many of Flanagan’s rules will resonate with readers, although some might be a little contentious or at least thought-provoking. The narration by the author is, of course, excellent and she provides some extra content or amends/edits some rules, but anyone who has seen Flanagan on TV will have her voice running through their head when reading the print version. And the print version has the added bonus of clever illustrations by Tohby Riddle.

Personal favourites for this reviewer are: GENERAL HUSE RULES: #2 Football jerseys are not art. Don’t frame them. And definitely don’t hang them on the wall. THE BATHROOM: #14 Do not leave one square of toilet paper on the roll #20 No phone calls in the toilet. THE KITCHEN: #23 Flog the dishwasher until it does the job properly.

EXERCISE GEAR: #37 Men must wear shorts over leggings. The gym is no place for people to discover whether or not you are circumcised. That’s a private discussion for another place and time. KIDS TODAY: #87 Curb your use of the word “like” DINING OUT: #150 Be polite to waitstaff. #154 Respect the non-drinker at the table. #155 Don’t punish the vegetarian.

ONLINE DATING RULES – FOR MEN: #196 Don’t list loving uour kids as an attribute. GENERAL PARENTING RULES: #216 Reserve the phrase “good job” for something worthwhile. TATTOOS: #259 No butterfly or dolphin tattoos. This is because as your body sags and spreads you’ll soon find yourself sporting a dirty old moth in place of the butterfly, and where you once had a majestic dolphin leaping across your deltoid now there’s a sad, lumpy creature that looks more like a dugong.

ATTENTION, SUPERMARKET SHOPPERS: #300 Don’t be sucked in by this week’s “special buy” at Aldi. #301 Don’t collect plastic rubbish at the checkout. Supermarkets can call these things “collectables” but what they really mean is “useless bits of shit”. I can guarantee your limited edition set of miniature groceries will never appear on a future episode of Antiques Roadshow.

SOCIAL MEDIA: #329 Nobody wants to sign your change.org petition. SPECIAL RULES FOR FOOTBALLERS: #361 Never assume a woman wants to have sex with you. THE ZOO: #425 Birds plus a farm animal does not maketh a zoo. THE FINAL RULE #447 Lower your expectations, that way you can never be disappointed.

Hugely entertaining. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Andrew McMeel Publishers.


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