BOOK REVIEW: BILL BAILEY – BILL BAILEY’S REMARKABLE GUIDE TO HAPPINESS

Today, I am back with a new book review and this time it’s all about Bill Bailey and his new book: Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide To Happiness.

My copy of this book was kindly gifted as part of a read-a-long with Tandem Collective and the publisher. I’ve also taken (another) break from posting book reviews as I just feel a bit… tired of it, perhaps? But I’ve still been reading and I hope to get out of my reading/reviewing rut soon! But first, let’s talk about this brilliant book, Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide To Happiness. Here is the synopsis:

Is there a knack to being happy? From paddle-boarding down the Thames in a Santa hat, to wild swimming in a glacial river and cooking sausages on a campfire, Bill revels in the exhilaration of the outdoors, as well as the quieter pleasures of letter-writing, or of simple reflection.

In this beautiful and uplifting book, Bill Bailey explores all this and more while delving into the nature of happiness, all in his own, remarkable, way.

Packed with wisdom and humour, and with delightful illustrations by the comedian himself, Bill Bailey aims for the heart of pure joy and contentment – and how we can all achieve it.

Bill Bailey is a wonderful comedian, entertainer, actor, author, dancer, etc… and I was really excited to start this as I just knew that it would be full of the brilliant sharp wit that is familiar with Bill in his comedy. I think these sort of ‘happiness’ books is a genre that makes eyes roll and I think Bill thinks that somewhat too. This isn’t that sort of guide, it’s a celebration of the little things and full of brilliant wisdom and joy and how we can all achieve and more importantly, celebrate that.

This book was written in the pandemic and I think we can all do with a bit of joy in our lives – and that’s what this book is all about. There are a wide range of topics – from reading, dogs, sport, nature, singing, jogging, letter-writing and so much more. Bill is a brilliant writer – it’s personal, joyful and there’s something calming and relaxing reading each subject matter and it feels really conversational and that is one thing that I loved in Bill’s writing.

One of my favourite subject matters was on reading. I particularly loved this quote:

“There are days when we have the time and the need to lose ourselves in a book. I consume books and the written word like homemade brownies; I revel in being gripped by the twists and turns of a thriller, being immersed in a classic or biography, fascinated by a feature, a column, even the instructions that accompany a vegetable steamer.”

It’s the little quotes like that made me smile. Happiness is something personal (something that Bill talks about in the book) and I think each reader could take something different from the book. Happiness to me is reading and being lost in a good book, being gripped by a TV show, cooking by myself in the kitchen and listening to Radio 2, listening to the new Bruce Springsteen album, dancing on a Saturday night in the living room with my partner Ryan, winning a Zoom quiz, listening to Little Mix’s song ‘Happiness'(!), eating pretzels, staying up all night on an election night, watching Strictly (Bill is on this year’s line-up – go Bill!), to writing something new and so much more. Like Bill says, in the midst of a pandemic, it’s important to look at and celebrate the little things in life.

I think this book would make a great gift – a small gift of happiness! A big thank you to Quercus and Tandem Collective for my copy of my book and the lovely gifts! And for Bill for writing a book that I just know will be a book I go back to again and again when I’m feeling a bit low. Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide To Happiness is out now in hardback and e-book. I can’t wait to watch Bill smash it on Strictly this year!

Are you a fan of Bill Bailey? Have you read the book yet? What is your idea of happiness? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you,

Corey.

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