Yes Man

I’m currently reading the new book, Yes Man, by my friend (and cult leader) Danny Wallace. It’s good. I’ll not spoil it for you.

Actually, given that I haven’t finished it yet, I guess, technically, I can’t spoil it too much. That would be a bit like me reading one of the Gospels and getting some way through it and saying “It’s really sad, the main hero dies.” Because those people who had read it all the way through would be looking at me with a look of ‘knowing’ on their faces, shaking their heads discretely and mouthing things like “Don’t listen to him!” and “Keep reading!”

Not that I’m saying that Danny is like Jesus. Oh, I feel like I’ve been here before.

Anyway, the one thing that I do take issue with, so far is this. On the cover there are two endorsements. One is by comedian Dom Joly. The other is by daytime TV host Richard Madeley.

Dom Joly says about the book, “Funny. Very, very funny.” Which is fair enough, overlooking the fact that Mr Joly is a friend of Mr Wallace, and so you might expect that he gives the book a glowing review. Dom Joly is a funny man, himself — his Trigger Happy TV series was at times side-splittingly hilarious — so you can trust Dom Joly’s opinion about what might be funny and what might not. A good recommendation, a fine endorsement.

Richard Madeley’s offering: that’s what I take issue with. “This book is a treat.” No! No!! This is a treat:

Mr Kipling makes exceedingly good cakes.

This is a treat:

Blackpool Rock

Whereas this is a work of comedy genius:

Yes Man by Danny Wallace.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

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