• Parsnips, Buttered

  • Bamboozle and Boycott Modern Life, One Email at a Time
  • By: Joe Lycett
  • Narrated by: Joe Lycett
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-20-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (64 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this book I have attempted to solve each and every one of life's problems. And I have succeeded.
Dear Listener,
Using letters, emails, tweets and telegrams I will show you how the things in your life that make you sad, low or anxious can soon appear trivial, insignificant and like a fish. In short, I will butter your parsnips.
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 Listener. 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 listening to 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 multinational companies

Joe Lycett x
* If you are looking for guidance with taxes, quitting smoking, moving house, love, divorce, education, health care 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.
©2016 Joe Lycett (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
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4 out of 5 stars
By Brentin on 11-05-17

Good, but needs more original content

I first discovered Joe Lycett after his video about getting out of a parking fine went viral. Thanks to YouTube, I was able to watch a few more of his stand-ups, then I saw a clip where he was promoting this book. So I checked Audible, and seeing that is was available on here, I promptly dl'd it.

The book is entertaining, and fairly short. However, my enjoyment of his stand-up on YouTube worked against me, as a few of the bits from his act are in the book.

Still, Lycett has a lot of good quips here, there is a good flow to the story, and he genuinely made me laugh out loud several times. "Hopefully" more books are "forthcoming".

The only other thing I would add is that some of the humor (humour?) is uniquely British, so parts of it may not resonate with American listeners. However, I believe there's enough content that anyone can enjoy this book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Carolina on 07-02-17

Repeating but entertaining

Sadly it is mainly a repeating of the jokes from his shows, but he still delivers them in a most entertaining way.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 10-29-16


One of the funniest and wittiest comedians today. This book was a breeze to to listen to, absolutely perfect and I'm already hoping he writes another one.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ed Goodman on 11-15-16

Hilarious. Hope you're well xx

Madness and mayhem are two perfect words to describe Joe and any conversation that involves an email from him. A very funny way to spend 3 and a bit hours.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Paul Paulington on 02-28-18

Worst Cookbook Ever

Would you try another book written by Joe Lycett or narrated by Joe Lycett?

I would assume anyone from the Third Reich or an fifth of the Kardashians

Any additional comments?

The majority of these recipes are either unintelligible or missing key ingredients

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5 out of 5 stars
By willans j frederick on 02-10-18


If you enjoy Joe Lycett’s stand up, you’ll love this! His anecdotes of annoying people via Email, Twitter, and Facebook are all unique enough to stay fresh. I couldn’t put it down and would recommend it to absolutely anyone who doesn’t mind a bit of crude language.

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