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F*** You Very Much

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I seem to be in the minority here and I do usually like his books but I just found it too snarky and not informative enough for my tastes.
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I tried reading this a while ago but had to give up. I was having problems with a bad boss at the time so was putting all the scenarios described in the book against them and reading this was causing me more problems. I really like Danny Wallace so it was a shame I couldn't get further with it.
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This is such a good insight into the rudeness of people.  How everyone seems to be so much more easily offended nowadays and it is reassuring to know that it is not in your imagination, yes people are ruder and angrier than ever before.  The author points out how rudeness effects us...for hours and hours after the event. Never be rude to a surgeon or a pilot eek!!! A great read, I have recommend it to so many people.
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As someone who works in a customer facing role where I have experienced some breathtaking rudeness, I was interested to read this book. Laugh out loud funny in places, and wry and touching in others. I still maintain that some people are just c***s though.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an advance ARC copy of this book.
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A funny and very true book on the outlook of rudeness. I found myself agreeing with much of what Danny had to say.
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I was really surprised by how funny this book was, in fact I don't remember the last time I laughed out loud reading a book, but the hotdog incident really had me giggling. A great book to pick up when you need something cynical but cheery.
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This is my first Danny Wallace title but I have heard many positive things about his work over the years. 

I requested it because I found the premise intriguing and in these changing times I thought it would be interesting to read one person's perspective on politeness and / or rudeness. 

This certainly kept me entertained and I enjoyed dipping in and out of it. I find non-fiction quite dry at times and while I was distracted by other fiction books along the way, I kept returning to Wallace and I'm glad I did. 

I will be seeking out his work in future as I like his wit and honesty.
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I really enjoyed this book - a well-written account of rudeness in modern society and why we all feel this way.   Some of the descriptions of rude behaviour, and how it can so easily be both increased and reduced, were incredibly vivid and I can see myself doing many of them.  Would recommend.
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This book really highlighted to me how rude some people could be and how it made me feel when they were. Small things like not acknowledging you when you let someone go ahead of you but when someone does, how happy it makes you feel. I like Danny Wallace's writing, he writes in a natural, humorous way that is so easy to read. Would recommend this book to anyone really.
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Hmmmm I kind of enjoyed the book, I thought it would be funnier to be honest than it was after reading LOL reviews but it was a very interesting read with enough funny moments in it to keep you entertained. Fairly interesting book in all. Not a bad read.
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This book is hilarious and depressing all in one go. Following a run in with a rude cafe owner, Wallace decides to research the phenomenon of rudeness and it makes for sobering reading. In fact, just reading the book could make you more rude!

Witty and thought provoking, this book will make you question just how long should you wait for a hot dog anyway...?

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC without obligation.
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Never before have I read a book that has told me my life is getting worse by reading it. But still I kept reading. Must have been the line about rudeness killing the ukulele. Not something I find terrible upsetting, but a very funny image. 

Danny Wallace has written a very funny book about something everyone of us has experience. Rudeness. If you want to stretch your brain, become hypersensitive to rude behaviour and generally just had a little giggle, give this book a go.
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In all honesty, this was not the book for me. sorry, I don't want to sound rude(Well maybe) but it really wasn't my cup of tea-still well written and well researched.
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This is an absolutely fascinating book with just the right amount of humour, anecdotal evidence, opinion, scholarly research and science to back up the premise that the world is getting ruder. 

The tone of the book is conversational and welcoming, and really made me think about the impact that rudeness has on our health and wellbeing. 

I read this over a period of weeks rather than in one sitting, and feel that it is a book I will come back to as my degree in social psychology progresses. 

Many thanks to the publishers and Net Galley for the advanced copy in return for an honest review.
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This book was so interesting, and well-written that I kept forgetting to eat my food, or talk to other people! Very rude! By the side - my daughter attended secondary school with the author, who was known as a bit of "nice" stuff.
He goes through all the types of rudeness around the world, and in the United Kingdom, and the United States. The interesting chapter for me was the one on teenagers, as my grandson is 12, and is turning into a grunting, hairy and spotty mess!. Danny recommends a book called the teenage brain, where someone explained to him, that the frontal lobe in their brains is not fixed until they get to 18, or even 21. (1 have purchased this book to read, and then give to his parents)
I found it helpful to know that there are differences between women being rude, and men, and the strategies they use at work, at home and in life generally. His tale about a hot dog, that he paid for upfront, and it took one hour to arrive, as they were "cooked to order", and this was a running gag all the way through the book, until he took his son, and went back to the cafe with his young son, and ordered another 2 hot dogs, and waited to see how long they took to arrive this time - it was around 10 minutes for his son, and 15 minutes for his..
Complaining is often effective, as long as you don't lose your temper!!!
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An encounter with an extremely short-tempered hotdog purveyor prompts Danny Wallace to meditate on the nature of rudeness and why, as a society, we've become increasingly impolite, particularly on social media when we're cloaked in anonymity. Written in Wallace's trademark irreverent style, 'F*** You Very Much' is hilarious and insightful in equal measures.
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An interesting book on how rudeness is far too common in this day and age. Danny Wallace investigates and researches but, sadly, doesn't have a definitive answer to how to turn the tide. However, the book is written in an amusing, light hearted and tongue-in-cheek manner, which makes it easy reading. A good holiday read that doesn't take itself too seriously.
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This book is an investigation of rudeness: is there more of it these days? (spoiler alert – yes), how it can affect us mentally and physically and what we can try to do to counteract it. The tone is generally light but Wallace does talk to lots of experts (psychologists, neuroscientists and politicians) so this is not just one man’s opinion. Although it is largely concerned with the views of one man (Wallace) on a rather surly member of staff who failed, spectacularly, to serve him with a hot dog – the incident which led to these ruminations on rudeness. As always I was amused by Wallace but felt that I was left with a strong urge to do something: in this case to look carefully at whether I am sometimes a bit rude (spoiler alert – yes, a bit…) and if I could react differently to perceived impoliteness in others. Don’t be put off by the asterisked out cursing of the title – this a very British call for a return to courtesy, good humour and good manners (even if some of the examples given are from China, Russia and Colombia – if only the latter had been applied to the national football team…)
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Danny Wallace is a very clever writer. He manages to keep you amused throughout this thesis on rudeness while at the same time explaining fairly complex human behaviours in an entertaining way. Who knew rudeness is "catching"? You'll learn why rudeness is contributing to the death of the ukelele and whether rude men and women earn more or less than their polite counterparts. We find out that men are more likely to be judged on their business results, and women are more likely to be judged on their personality - probably not news to many women...

The book races along and you learn about Wallace and his family and how he reacts to things along the way but the psychology and science are well documented and explained and I really enjoyed the way he integrated the learning with the stories.

Recommended if you are wondering if the world is getting ruder or you're getting more sensitive. 

I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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The book is exactly what it says on the cover. Amazingly it all started when the author wanted to buy a hotdog, the story is described in a very humorous way (but it couldn't have been funny at the time!)
Danny Wallace embarks on a scientific journey to understand rudeness. He has spoken to rudeness experts and commissioned rudeness surveys, all of which are discussed throughout the book. He explains the vicious circle which starts with a rude car driver which puts you in a bad mood for the day, including being rude to your colleagues who then go on to be rude to the bus driver.....and so it goes on!
Rudeness is Infectious!
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