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Description

Rules for Being a Man:

  • Don't cry
  • Love sport
  • Play rough
  • Drink beer
  • Don't talk about feelings

But Robert Webb has been wondering for some time now: are those rules actually any use? To anyone?

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life. Hilarious and heartbreaking, How Not to Be a Boy explores the relationships that made Robert who he is as a man, the lessons we learn as sons and daughters, and the understanding that sometimes you aren't the Luke Skywalker of your life - you're actually Darth Vader.

©2017 Robert Webb (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Critiques

"Quite simply brilliant. I (genuinely) cried. I (genuinely) laughed out loud. It's profound, touching, personal yet universal. I loved it." (JK Rowling)
"Takes us deftly from hilarity to heart-stopping hurt.... A truly great read." (Dawn French)
"A witty and honest coming-of-age story." (Ian Rankin)
"If you have ever loved, liked or known a man, please read this book." (Katy Brand)
"A brilliant, brave book." (Matt Lucas)

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  • james slater
  • 05/09/2017

Brilliant read. Well worth the credit.

Alternating between furiously funny and fascinatingly introspective, this book had me laughing out loud and blinking back tears.
Bought and finished in one day and left me wanting more.

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  • Bethanie Jensen
  • 04/09/2017

Oh god. SOOOOO good!

It's been a long time since I read a book that was entertaining, enlightening, poignant, and a million other complementary adjectives. I am laughing and welling up in equal measure. I have to say, it is very brave of him to include so much personal info from his teenage years. You have to get this book. You will NOT regret it!

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  • Mark B
  • 29/10/2017

Smart. Funny. Brilliant. Honest. Groundbreaking.

I didn’t know who Robert Webb was. I’m from across the pond, so have not had the pleasure of watching his brand of comedy. The title and description intrigued me, so I pre-ordered the audio book impulsively.

Best decision I could have made. The book is part memoir, part slice of British culture, part research paper.

I loved this audiobook. I’m still thinking about it. This man is someone I want to learn more about. I’m a fan.

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  • Tobias Middlemarch
  • 04/09/2017

Thank You Robert.

I love your story very much, and it helps to hear from someone who's undergone trauma similar to mine. Thanks for sharing it.

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  • Brandon
  • 30/08/2017

Some Girls Wander By Mistake

Agree or disagree with his positions as laid out in the book, what is provided is an interesting look inside Robert Webb's head. One's experiences and life help provide an excellent insight into their views and, if you ever wondered what drove the man, Robert gives you a road map to his. That is a core strength to the book if you want to understand him better.

The weakness of this book is that it gets lost somewhere along the way. You will be moving along this memoir and then the soapbox comes out of nowhere. It's his book and it is his right to wedge it in out of nowhere, but it comes off as forced and ruins the flow. The last few chapters are a perfect example of this. Great memoir segment and then BAMMM "Hello, I am Robert Webb and let me explain again to you that I am a feminist ally." No problem with him saying it, just a matter of flow.

The again, you have to take all of this with a grain of salt. It comes from the point of view of a person who can play the bass line to "A Forest" by The Cure.

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  • Jessica
  • 25/09/2018

An autobiography through the lens of gender

It isn’t often that men write about gender without sounding pompous, but Robert Webb manages it skillfully. It’s a frank discussion of toxic masculinity, grief and the growing pains of life. I’m impressed by how much Rob reveals of himself, the good, the bad, and the cringe worthy teenage journal entries. I’m so glad I picked this one out for a listen.

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  • mary kyler
  • 06/09/2018

Very good listen

Listened the whole way through without stopping. Will suggest to me sons that they read or listen to this book for it’s thoughts on gender definition

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  • SierraLover
  • 13/08/2018

Wonderful book

I expected it to be funny, and it was, but it's equally insightful and honest, and as a 40 year old dad myself, it really made me reflect on how I grew up and my role as a man.

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  • S. Baker
  • 09/08/2018

Laughed and Cried

There were times when I laughed uncontrollably and times when I remembered the loss of.my own mom and she'd a tear. Brilliantly narrated, a peek into a complex life.

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  • Nick
  • 26/07/2018

Brilliant!

I loved this book! I’m a big fan of Peep Show so I was excited to listen to this (Even more so when I found it was narrated by Robert Webb himself) It did not disappoint! Funny, Sad candid and thoughtful. It has it all. I grew up in the in the mentioned, Cleethorpes a small Lincolnshire town and I found his description of Lincolnshire townsfolk hilarious!! Enjoy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10/10/2017

I love this guy!

...made me cry, laugh out loud and think, wow, this is the men I know

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  • Oliver
  • 06/11/2017

Funny performance; male gender bashing clichés

Robert Webb is a very entertaining narrator and storyteller.

Sadly, his 'greater mission' is just the usual pseudo-liberal male gender bashing stuff. Disappointing and not very clever in that respect.

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