Title: I Can’t Believe You Just Said That
Author: Danny Wallace
Pages: 352 Pages
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK/Ebury Publishing
Passive aggression. Road rage. Snarky tweets. Queue-jumpers. Idiots who are #justsaying. Fat shamers. Victim blaming. Furious waitresses who refuse to sell you a hot dog… We are ruder than we’ve ever been.
In this incisive and very funny book, Danny Wallace investigates the new wave of rudeness that threatens to overwhelm us. He travels the world, visiting our rudest critics, interviewing psychologists, psychiatrists, bell boys, cab drivers, bin men, barristers, politicians, a limo driver called José and at least one expert in cooked meat production. In doing so he uncovers the hidden truths behind what makes us rude, whether it can be caught, and how one small moment of rudeness—like being declined a hotdog—can snowball into disaster.
From the jihadist who launched a blistering attack on the “bad manners” of his fellow ISIS militants, to the mayor in Bogota who recruited an army of mimes to highlight inconsiderate driving—this is a very funny and powerful exploration into the way humans work and why it is surely time for an anti-rudeness revolution.
Firstly, massive thanks needs to be said to Rebecca Hibbert at Penguin Random House who sent me a copy of Danny Wallace’s I Can’t Believe You Just Said That to review.
I am overly polite. I know that I am. I apologise when people bump into me and I profusely thank people when they do the smallest things for me. It is a problem. No not me being polite, it is how I respond to people who are impolite to me. As much as I am polite, I am also the person who will tell people that it is ok that they didn’t thank me when I have done something nice. This usually results in me shouting “YOU’RE WELCOME” down a corridor after I have held the door open for someone.
What I am saying is that manners matter and this is the subject of Danny Wallace’s latest book. He discusses the obsession we have with manners and the impact they have on the success of people. Wallace talks about a plethora of topics from hot dogs to Donald Trump. I Can’t Believe You Just Said That is chock full of expert opinions and is thoroughly researched. This could seem a bit heavy and boring but by gum I haven’t laughed this hard in ages. Wallace manages his information brilliantly and breaks things down to make sure that fact and figures don’t seem dry.
Danny Wallace has written a triumph of a book in I Can’t Believe You Just Said That. It is sharp, witty and just damn funny….and I’m not just being polite.
I Can’t Believe You Just Said That by Danny Wallace is available from 15th June 2016.
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