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    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

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    "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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Chloe S
    • 12/05/2021

    Brilliant!

    This was a highly entertaining listen! Great insights into how we are brought up to like or it like certain things, act a certain way, feel a certain way, just because of our biology! I would recommend this to all men especially, but women too!

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    • Kenny H
    • 27/11/2020

    A great read

    Having watch Mitchel and Webb and enjoyed their talent and work I read one of David Mitchell’s books and wanted to read one by Rob Webb. He is a talented story teller. His story reveals how he came to be who he is. He is honest, funny and shares the difficult experiences that influenced his craft.

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    • Houston Mom
    • 27/09/2020

    Deep, funny, open, and touching

    I found Robert through Peep Show during a 2017 trip to London via Netflix UK. Bought his books as a thank you for Peep Show and it didn’t take long to become immersed and forget that this was the guy who played Jez. Incredibly well written in all respects. Very insightful and thoughtful. Highly recommend to anyone who simply likes a good book.

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    • Brentin
    • 07/09/2020

    Smart, Funny, and Relevant

    I've never heard of Robert Webb before now, but I'll definitely be sure to check him out after listening to this riveting memoir.
    A good part of Webb's story mirrors my own, with the philandering father who drank too much and often got violent. This is the basis for a journey through Webb's early years with relevant lessons throughout about how society raises boys to act a certain way, repress their feelings, etc. It's topical but never feels too preachy. It's interesting to note that a lot of the issues he touches on are not uniquely British (or American in my case)
    Being written by a comedian it's got quite a bit of humor but also a lot of heart. My only comments are some of the very British references were lost on me and sometimes he talks a bit too fast, or sounds too much like he's "reading" (IMHO the best audible autobiographies are those that make you feel like the person is next to you on a long car ride, telling you personally about their life).

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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.