Do you have to struggle to see the best in a situation? Does it always seem like it’s raining both outside and in? If you’re blind to the lighter side of life then you’re clearly a grump, but don’t despair–you’re in good company. We’ve all reveled in moments of gloom without good reason and wallowed in pools of negativity just for the sake of it, but why not? It’s a lot of fun!
Are You a Miserable Old Bastard? is an amusing celebration of the grouchiness in life, featuring wittily downbeat sayings from famous grumps including
P. J. O’Rourke, Dorothy Parker, Michael Moore, H. L. Mencken, Fran Lebowitz, Winston Churchill, Groucho Marx, and W. C. Fields; pessimistic tales of doom and gloom; advice on ways to spot a naturally grumpy person; fascinating insights into the science of grumpiness; quotations from literary and fictional gloom-mongers.
If you’re easily irritated by the annoyances of modern-day living, if it’s the little things as well as the big things that drive you crazy, Are You a Miserable Old Bastard? is definitely the book for you–a cornucopia of cantankerousness, a miscellany of moodiness, an appreciation of all things curmudgeonly.
Andrew John and Stephen Blake are writers and editors who live in Wales. Their previous books include The Little Book of Great Ideas and The Txtr’s A-Z.