Review: Dishonesty is the Second Best Policy by David Mitchell

Title: Dishonesty is the Second Best Policy – and Other Rules to Live By

Author: David Mitchell

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: Guardian Faber Publishing

The Blurb

David Mitchell’s 2014 bestseller Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse must really have made people think – because everything’s got worse.

We’ve gone from UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, from horsemeat in lasagne to Donald Trump in the White House, from Woolworths going under to all the other shops going under. It’s probably socially irresponsible even to attempt to cheer up.

But if you’re determined to give it a go, you might enjoy this eclectic collection (or eclection) of David Mitchell’s attempts to make light of all that darkness. Scampi, politics, the Olympics, terrorism, exercise, rude street names, inheritance tax, salad cream, proportional representation and farts are all touched upon by Mitchell’s unremitting laser of chit-chat, as he negotiates a path between the commercialisation of Christmas and the true spirit of Halloween. Read this book and slightly change your life!

(Goodreads Blurb)

The Review

A fantastic collection of David Mitchell’s articles. I think David Mitchell is hilarious. I wish I could just converse with him about random things and then marvel at his passionate diatribes that I know would follow. I know I would spend my time in his company holding my sides from laughing so much.

In his book Dishonesty is the Second Best Policy we look at more current events that are provoking a response from David Mitchell such as Brexit. His witty take on the world does take you on a journey and one of the best thing about David Mitchell’s moans is his ability to go all around the world to get back to his main point.

I really wish that Dishonesty is the Second Best Policy had come out post quarantine days as I would love to hear David Mitchell’s take on this whole debacle.

Dishonesty is the Second Best Policy – and Other Rules to Live By by David Mitchell is available now.

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