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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of How to Grow Old by John Bishop.

Whether he likes it or not, John is getting older. His hair is greying, it’s getting that much harder to stay fit and the potential to become something of embarrassment is ever increasing.

But hope is not lost. 

How to Grow Old is John’s offering to the world. With sage advice on how to avoid the common pitfalls of age, intimate confessions and spit-your-dentures-out hilarious commentary on his own advancing years, this is his observational comic writing at its very best. If you were concerned about how not to be boring or how to get rid of your should-be-old-enough-to-manage kids, this audiobook has the answers.

©2019 John Bishop (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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A book the over 50s can identify with

Not what I expected, in that it's not trying to be a funny book, but more of a thoughtful look at the issues around getting old, and how the author has dealt with them.. good and bad. I think I actually enjoyed it more being like that than I would have done if it had been the comedy I expected. Definitely recommend to men of a certain vintage, like.me. :-)

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Truly hated this book

A savage attack on the ordinary overweight not very fashionable man, not at all funny, it only brought me down, truly hated this book.

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disappointing

not a huge John bishop fan but thought as a middle aged man myself I could relate to this book. sadly as it goes on it's just him whittering on about his health and how to improve it. genuinely not funny nor very entertaining gave up at chapter 7. avoid.

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fantastic read /listen. down to earth .funny.

a really good enjoyable funny read exploring getting old and more!!!! bit of autobiography throw in as well

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funny but poignant

I was not a fan of John Bishop but this book has changed my opinion. The book is funny at times but parts are very poignant as well. if your a fan you'll love it but if your not just give it a try it may change your mind like it did me.

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Easy read, personal and funny in places

This is a straightforward “tell it like it is” biography, relevant in many ways to the fears and emotions of growing older in our environment. Will make you see the funny side of your own life. Enjoyed it. Thank you.

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I can relate so much

I actually received this physical book as a gift at Xmas but never read it. 🤣
I am glad I didn't. it was so much better to hear the stories told by Bish himself. There were LOL moments spread throughout, a lot of nodding in agreement and a lot of tears shed as I related moments of my life to the stories being told.
gutted it's over.

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How to grow old

Enjoyed the book.
Some funny stories along the way that anyone getting old or feel they’re getting old can relate to.
A book is always better when narrated by the writer

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I like John, this is ok at best

Not John's greatest work.
A few bits of good advice.
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Status Quo

John Bishop is older than me and I picked this book because I thought it might give me some learnings about how to approach the next few years. It does and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
John Bishop has a degree of honesty and lack of pretence that is refreshing in the modern comedian and his quietly opening up to getting older and feeling shit sometimes is a worthy listen.