Sod's Law: Why Life Always Lands Butter Side Down

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To every explorer with his map upside down, to every air-traffic controller suddenly receiving Magic FM through his headphones, to every astronomer whose new planet turns out to be a bit of bran-flake on the eyepiece of his telescope, Sod’s Law says: you are not alone. Sam Leith tells the hilarious—and painful—stories of the unsinkable boat that sunk, the unbeatable horse that lost, and the fireproof theater that burned to the ground. Sod's Law demonstrates that the entire universe is actually set up to ensure ...

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To every explorer with his map upside down, to every air-traffic controller suddenly receiving Magic FM through his headphones, to every astronomer whose new planet turns out to be a bit of bran-flake on the eyepiece of his telescope, Sod’s Law says: you are not alone. Sam Leith tells the hilarious—and painful—stories of the unsinkable boat that sunk, the unbeatable horse that lost, and the fireproof theater that burned to the ground. Sod's Law demonstrates that the entire universe is actually set up to ensure that your toast always lands butter side down and, what's more, that it lands precisely where the cat has shed hair all over the carpet. In this age of doubt, fewer and fewer of us are able to believe that a higher power takes an interest in our fate. This book reassures us that indeed it does—and that that higher power is hell bent on buggering things up. Only by laughing heartlessly at the misfortunes of others can we make ourselves feel better. Sod's Law enables us to do just that.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781848872301
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam Leith is the former literary editor of the Daily Telegraph and a freelance journalist.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

A Note On Sources 10

The Professionals 13

Sob On The Road 25

The Course Of True Love 39

Sod's War 47

Out For A Duck 63

Sod And God 75

Sod And Plod 83

The Art Of Losing 97

Sodding Politics, Sodding Politicians, And Sodding Public Life 119

The Quest For Knowledge 135

Odds And Sods 155

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