Review: Parsnips, Buttered by Joe Lycett

Parsnips ButteredTitle: Parsnips, Buttered: How to Win at Modern Life, One Email at a Time

Author: Joe Lycett

Pages: 304 Pages

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

The Blurb

Dear Reader,

Life is hard. We are a bombarded generation: Facebook, billboards, Twitter, Instagram, taxes, newspapers, watches monitoring our sleep, apps that read our pulse, terrorism. There’s such an onslaught to the senses these days it’s a marvel any of us manage to get out of bed. I love bed.

While we are overwhelmed and confused by the miasmic cloud of information, there are those that seek to take advantage: there are parking fines, hate Tweets, Nigerian email scams and Christmas newsletters from old school friends about their ugly kids. And just as we’re getting round to doing something about it, we’re distracted again.

I, Joe Lycett, comedian, wordsmith, and professional complainer, am here to help. During my short life of doing largely nothing I’ve discovered solutions to many of life’s problems, which I impart to you, dear Reader. Containing a centurion of complaint letters to unsuspecting celebrities, companies and anyone brave enough to clog up my phone, as well as illustrations, one-liners , jokes and life hacks, this little gem offers you a collection of tips and advice* for all manner of modern woe. By the time you have finished reading this book you will have learnt how to:

– Reverse a parking fine
– Manipulate the tabloid press
– Navigate social media
– Respond to hate mail
– Out-weird internet trolls
– Contest a so-called ripe avocado
– Send the perfect Christmas newsletter
– Defeat ISIS
– Take down multi-national companies

Joe Lycett x

* If you are looking for guidance with taxes, quitting smoking, moving house, love, divorce, education, healthcare or anything actually important may I recommend speaking to friends or family members and not consulting a book by a comedian who eats halloumi at least twice a day.


The Review

I really, really wanted to say something mean about this book. Not because I didn’t like it or because I hate Joe Lycett. Au contraire, mon frère(s) (et souers). I just really wanted to write something mean with the crazy hope that Joe Lycett may reply with one of his really funny retorts. Alas, I realised that I was probably just dreaming that it would happen and decided to stick with the truth.

I loved Parsnips, Buttered: How to Win at Modern Life, One Email at a Time by Joe Lycett. Like, bloody loved it. I was so grateful that I read it at home and not out in public because I am pretty sure people would have actively avoided me because I snorted when reading it.

So, yes, there it is, I loved it….unless Joe Lycett does read this and is debating whether or not to send a reply – snarky or not – then I am going to add fuel to his fire by saying it is sh*t (but it is really not).

Parsnips, Buttered: How to Win at Modern Life, One Email at a Time by Joe Lycett is available now.

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4 Stars

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