Bucket List of an Idiot

Bucket List of an Idiot

Brave or crazy? Dom Harvey proves that he's both by letting his friends and family set him a bucket list of ridiculous tasks Ever since the Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson movie The Bucket List came out in 2008, people have been creating their own lists of things to do before they kick the bucket. No two bucket lists are the same, but each list has the same ultimate goal—to make the list maker feel like they are doing something useful with their life instead of just sitting around, writing lists, and watching Morgan Freeman movies. Dom had seen some of those lists and they looked so difficult that he wondered whether dying would be a better option than actually ticking off the items. "I am a paid-up life-member of a place called the comfort zone. People always go on about the importance of getting out of your comfort zone. Not me. Any day I can stay inside it is a good day. All of which makes it a bit odd that I decided to complete a bucket list of my own. Not just any bucket list though. This is a reverse bucket list—a bunch of stuff that I could have happily passed away without ever doing—stuff like getting a tattoo I'd instantly regret, arm wrestling a professional rugby player, and being the model for a life drawing class—and I recruited some of my closest family and friends to compile it for me. In hindsight, this was a bad idea. But here it is—my pain, discomfort, and humiliation for your pleasure."

The Further Adventures of an Idiot Abroad

The Further Adventures of an Idiot Abroad

A new book on the travails of travel by “the funniest man on the planet” (Spectator). Why on earth would anybody want to run with the bulls in Pamplona? Go “storm chasing” through Tornado Alley? Jump out of a plane? Have lunch with the queen or touch hands with the pope? The Further Adventures of An Idiot Abroad is a fresh take on the bucket-list mentality from television star Karl Pilkington, renowned for his comedic collaborations with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. While he’s done some dumb things like putting sausages in a toaster, Karl has never been one for danger. But Ricky and Stephen managed to convince him to take on at least a few challenges, and in this hilarious and strangely inspiring book, Karl recounts brilliant stories of his adventures in Alaska, in Siberia, on a South Sea island, inside a gigantic rubber ball trying not to throw up, and more; states his opinions about what other people aspire to do with their lives; and shares his hard-won certainty that coming back home is the best thing about going away in the first place.

Childhood of an Idiot

Childhood of an Idiot

'I entered the world kicking and screaming in 1973. I put my theatrical entrance down to me craving a nicotine fix. Mum smoked, like a chimney, right through the nine months of pregnancy. As far as anyone knew back then smoking was good for the unborn child. I'm pretty sure smoking was even permitted in the Plunket rooms mum and I used to go to before I was born. How I survived to tell the tale of my young years is a miracle - we had no seatbelts, no bike helmets, no sun screen, we had trampolines with exposed springs, playgrounds with concrete floors, we shared bath water, the dentist was known as the murder house and we had to endure summers with lawn prickles as ferocious as land-mines. Back then service stations gave you service and petrol. I never saw mum get out of the car at a forecourt, she'd just wind the window down and hold the money out. If she tried that now she could be parked up at the pumps long enough for her family to file a missing persons report. This is the story of my childhood. But it is probably the story of yours as well if you grew up in the 1980s. This is a book for any New Zealander who has ever been told to stop crying or you will be given something to really cry about.'

Running: A Love Story

How an overweight radio DJ got hooked on running marathons

Running: A Love Story

This updated edition reveals how Dom Harvey broke through the three-hour barrier, achieving his long-held running goal. Dom is a hugely popular radio DJ on top-rating station The Edge. He's known for his funny gags, and has been described as a shock-jock. So it might come as a surprise to find out that Dom is also seriously into running-marathon running. In fact, he loves it. This book is a love story about running, and about marathons especially. What got Dom into marathons? How did running save his life? And why, despite being an old fart, is he now trying to run even faster than ever before? Dom is just a regular guy who drank too much alcohol and ate too much shitty food, then fell in love with running and turned his life around (and became a bit of a running nerd along the way).

An Idiot in Marriage

A Novel

An Idiot in Marriage

Kieran McCall’s youth was a series of misguided attempts at love—a succession of sexual failures that always ended in disaster but somehow led to something worthwhile. As an adult, his failures looked like they were behind him. He married the love of his life and they had a child together, but chaos was never far away. An Idiot in Marriage follows Kieran McCall as he learns to live with the strains of married life and parenthood, from dealing with incompetent babysitters and dirty diapers to neighbors from hell, stray ducks, and a best friend who still thinks with his dick. Kieran McCall grew up, but he never matured and he never changed. He’s still a little immature, he’s still a little naïve, and he’s still massively incompetent. Kieran may be older, but he’s definitely not wiser. And if he doesn’t shape up, he may risk losing it all.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Reading Body Language

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Reading Body Language

Using both photos and line art, The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Reading Body Language reveals and explains the visual tells to be found in faces, eyes, and lips; the positions of hands, arms, and legs; stances; gestures; the uses of everyday objects; and more. Additionally, strategies to elicit body language are detailed as well.

Running

A Love Story

Running

Dom Harvey is a hugely popular radio DJ on top-rating station The Edge. He's known for his funny gags, and has been described as a shock-jock. So it might come as a surprise to find out that Dom is also seriously into running-marathon running. In fact, he loves it. This book is a love story about running, and about marathons especially. What got Dom into marathons? How did running save his life? And why, despite being an old fart, is he now trying to run even faster than ever before? Dom is just a regular guy who drank too much alcohol and ate too much shitty food, then fell in love with running and turned his life around (and became a bit of a running nerd along the way).

The Wilderness Idiot

Lessons from an Accidental Adventurer

The Wilderness Idiot

The path to an adventurous life seems straightforward: Crush at an outdoor sport; amass a legion of followers who drool at your hero shots on Instagram; host TED talks exhorting people to live their best life, brah. But there is another way: the way of the Wilderness Idiot. Author Ted Alvarez built a career and an outdoor lifestyle by simply not being smart enough to say no to things that will probably kill him, or at least embarrass him severely. From nearly drowning in pro kayak races to hallucinating on solo trips across bear-and-bug-infested wildernesses, his work exists to show that the outsider Everywoman and -man can have the spotlight. In a series of hilarious and insightful essays, Alvarez shows that you don’t need to shred sick lines to find adventure—you just have to embrace the blank spots beyond your comfort zone. That way lies self-knowledge, soul-quieting confidence, and the soul of wilderness. More than most, Alvarez knows outsiders belong outside—and he wants to welcome them into the tribe. The Wilderness Idiot airlifts readers to the world’s most remote places (in reality and in the mind) and make them feel so at home they’ll start dreaming about adventures of their own.

Welcome to the Idiot Box: Stories, Essays, Self-help Wisdom

Welcome to the Idiot Box: Stories, Essays, Self-help Wisdom

"Hope" one must have it, without hope what else is there? "Cockroachalisms, Life Lessons Learned On My Journey Through Life", allow the guru of wellness that is Xavier Cockroachal Damon to lead you down the path of happiness with life lessons only he could teach. "Motel Hell", the place where lost souls dwell. "Climb from Hell", Supustrus is trying to rescue himself and his wife by escaping hell. Will they make it? "Gus Versus the Evil Gods", an offshoot of Cockroachalisms where the dominant personality of an intentionally splintered mind is set to do battle against what is now 82 Evil Gods. Who is going to be triumphant? Oh it is so on! And a collection of essays featuring the "Political Theatre of the Absurd 2016" essays about the idiot parade, charade that is the 2016 race for the white house. Oh, and in the short story “Hope” there is a possibility I go totally off on an American literary icon whose name rhymes with moose. There is that possibility.

An October Bride

An October Bride

What if the only way you could make your father’s last wish come true . . . was to marry the man of your dreams? Emma Tate has just moved on from one fiancé, so when she announces a sudden engagement to her lifelong buddy Jake Sawyer, every busybody in Mayfair goes into high alert. Of course, no one but Jake and Emma know the real reason they’re getting married—so Emma’s dying father will have a chance to walk her down the aisle. But while Jake and Emma move forward with their plan—and frantically plan an October wedding—it becomes clear that their agreement has a few complications . . . the biggest being their true feelings for each other. With dubious friends, deliriously thrilled parents, and a town that won’t keep its nose out of their business, Emma and Jake will have a lot to contend with if they’re going to pull this off. The real question is: Who wants this wedding more, Emma’s dad . . . or Emma?