How Not To Be A Boy

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MEM­OIR Robert Webb

Can­non­gate, 336 pages, €12.60

The pop­u­lar co­me­dian and ac­tor takes a look over his life and asks ques­tions about mas­culin­ity in an age where be­ing a man has been un­der the spot­light like never be­fore.

In his own inim­itable style, Webb writes about ev­ery­thing from school­boy crushes to dis­cov­er­ing the power of mak­ing peo­ple laugh (when he first teamed up with fel­low comic David Mitchell while study­ing at Cam­bridge), and from the death of his mother to be­com­ing a hus­band and fa­ther. He con­sid­ers the huge ex­pec­ta­tions boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

Funny and melan­cholic, this mem­oir-cum-self help book ex­plores the sort of man Webb be­came and how we men can bet­ter our­selves.

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