Book review: How to be Normal by Guy Browning

About the book: 
Normal people are extremely unusual. Think of all the people you know and ask yourself how many are normal. None of them! In fact you’re probably the most normal of the lot and, let’s face it, even you’re not that normal.
 
All normal people believe they are a little bit different, a little bit unique and a little bit special. On the other hand no one wants to be abnormal, so it’s a fine line to tread. Happily, this brilliantly funny book shows everyone exactly how to be uniquely normally normal.
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What is normal? Do you want to be normal or do you not? These are questions that Guy Browning addresses in this hilarious book. He tackles all the thoughts and situations we find ourselves in, those that we can relate to and makes sense of them in a humerous and rather helpful way.

I enjoyed this book so much and constantly have it next to my bed and will just open it on a certain page and start reading because it isn’t something that needs to be read in order – it is just there as a helping hand when life is being difficult. It is also a pocket size hardcover so sometimes I just pop it in my bag because honestly I can read it over and over again.

Life through Guy’s eyes is simple really, he takes the complicated thoughts and ways we have and makes them simple. His thoughts are so interesting and unusual to me, yet they make so much sense so I find myself wondering why they are so unusual to me because it is so simple really.

Here are a few quotes and snippets from the book – if ever there was a “self help” book you should read, its this one.

“Everyone wants a nice cup of tea, but virtually no one wants nice sex”.

“In the fifties people used to aspire to nice things. With inflation, niceness is worth almost nothing and people now want incredible, sensational or awesome thing. Enjoyment has been supersized.

“Moderation can be very dangerous, especially when you’re trying to do something difficult and extreme. For example bungee jumping off the kitchen table is likely to be far more dangerous than doing it off Humber bridge”

“Humans are the only species that smiles. Other animals may smile but it’s probably behind our backs. A smile is the sunroof of the head (although in a slightly different position). It lets the sunshine in your soul pour through for a moment until you revert to normal overcast conditions.”

“Saying that someone is simple is a little bit insulting, whereas it should be the highest compliment. It’s very simple to make things difficult and very difficult to make things simple. Things generally start simple, get difficult and then become simple again. The middle bit is where you learn the value of simplicity and try to regain it.”

Happiness is like a scooter; once you’re up and running, you can just scoot along. It’s getting up in the first place that’s the tricky bit.”

That is all I am going to share but as you can see, there are some serious words of wisdom in this book.

Available from Kalahari here

 

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