The misadventures of an immature man in an adult world

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When my dad turned 40, he had been married for 17 years, had 3 children, wore a suit and tie every day and had proper grown up hobbies like gardening, golf and making elderflower wine. At the same age, I tend to put money in the bank, take it out of the cash machine, and spend it on booze and sweets.

Richard Herring has a major problem. He's about to turn 40 and hasn't seen it coming. He's not married, doesn't have a proper job or 2.4 children. But now, finally, it looks as if the world expects him to be a grown up - and he's completely unprepared for it.

As the momentous and terrifying event approaches (his birthday), Richard notices a steep decline in his own behaviour. Inexplicably he begins to behave more childishly - hanging out with 22-year-olds, developing an unhealthy addiction to Flumps and even getting into a ludicrous fight.

How Not to Grow Up is the hilarious story of how a self-confessed perpetual Big Kid deals with his greatest fear - getting older - and is the perfect book for everyone who, deep down, still thinks that they're 18...
On Holidays - Rich heads off to Thailand on holiday - alone - and reflects on getting older over a bottle of beer and a plate of chicken satay.

On Jobs - Richard has a meeting with his bank manager, and considers the merits of a career that allows you to wear scruffy trousers and make jokes about bottoms.

On Birthdays - Richard hits the big 4-0 and spends his birthday in the British Musuem, harassing waiters and lamenting his demise into old age.

On Fights - Richard needs to protect the honour of a young lady - well, someone he hopes to sleep with - and gets tossed about the streets of Liverpool by a softly spoken university lecturer.

On Health - Richard ponders his diet of fried chicken, sweets, and beer, and comes across a kindred spirit in a takeaway one night.

Interview with Exposed

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Telegraph review of Way With Words

Sarah Crompton mentions HNTGU

Extensive silly interview with the readers of B3TA

Guardian Review of HNTGU

Phil Daoust reviews my and Jeremy Hardy's books

Sun interview about HNTGU

Tommy Holgate interview

Independent interview about HNTGU, AIOTM, Hitler Moustache

Simon Hardeman and long interview 17/5/10

Booktrust review of HNTGU

5 star review from John Johnstone -

Chortle review of HNTGU

Steve Bennett reviews the book (contains mild spoilers!)

Metro review of How Not To Grow Up

3 star review from Sharon Lougher

List review of How Not To Grow Up

Jay Richardson gives HNTGU 3 stars
Times piece on what I ate the day before

Times piece on what I ate the day before

Strange piece in which a journalist wanted to know what I had eaten the day before.


Grazia piece about HNTGU

Grazia piece about HNTGU

Lauren Laverne writes about the book.


Metro review of HNTGU

Sharon Lougher gives 3 stars to the new book.


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