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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of How to Grow Old by John Bishop.

Whether he likes it or not, John is getting older. His hair is greying, it’s getting that much harder to stay fit and the potential to become something of embarrassment is ever increasing.

But hope is not lost. 

How to Grow Old is John’s offering to the world. With sage advice on how to avoid the common pitfalls of age, intimate confessions and spit-your-dentures-out hilarious commentary on his own advancing years, this is his observational comic writing at its very best. If you were concerned about how not to be boring or how to get rid of your should-be-old-enough-to-manage kids, this audiobook has the answers.

©2019 John Bishop (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • GENTILE
  • 31-01-20

Truly hated this book

A savage attack on the ordinary overweight not very fashionable man, not at all funny, it only brought me down, truly hated this book.

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  • mr a thompson
  • 18-12-19

disappointing

not a huge John bishop fan but thought as a middle aged man myself I could relate to this book. sadly as it goes on it's just him whittering on about his health and how to improve it. genuinely not funny nor very entertaining gave up at chapter 7. avoid.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-11-19

A book the over 50s can identify with

Not what I expected, in that it's not trying to be a funny book, but more of a thoughtful look at the issues around getting old, and how the author has dealt with them.. good and bad. I think I actually enjoyed it more being like that than I would have done if it had been the comedy I expected. Definitely recommend to men of a certain vintage, like.me. :-)

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  • les
  • 20-12-19

fantastic read /listen. down to earth .funny.

a really good enjoyable funny read exploring getting old and more!!!! bit of autobiography throw in as well

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  • juliebanner
  • 16-12-19

funny but poignant

I was not a fan of John Bishop but this book has changed my opinion. The book is funny at times but parts are very poignant as well. if your a fan you'll love it but if your not just give it a try it may change your mind like it did me.

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  • Gaz
  • 12-05-21

I like John, this is ok at best

Not John's greatest work.
A few bits of good advice.
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  • Graeme
  • 11-01-21

Status Quo

John Bishop is older than me and I picked this book because I thought it might give me some learnings about how to approach the next few years. It does and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
John Bishop has a degree of honesty and lack of pretence that is refreshing in the modern comedian and his quietly opening up to getting older and feeling shit sometimes is a worthy listen.

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  • Damian J Smith
  • 20-11-20

Good listen

very honest and open by John Bishop . Definitely gives me things to contemplate.

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  • paul mahon
  • 18-11-20

Loved it..


Very funny at times a must read for the over 50s .
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  • Andrew Davies
  • 10-11-20

Like a Guiding Light To Old Age

An opinion of reality that affects everyone, using facts, aches, pains and humour... John Bishop’s observational comedy at its best. Anyone that can make the mundane of growing old both funny and informative deserves 5 Stars!

Made me laugh out loud on many occasions, almost fell off the treadmill at the gym... trying to stay young... well alive! Thank you JB