As Good As It Gets: Life Lessons from a Reluctant Adult

As Good As It Gets: Life Lessons from a Reluctant Adult

by Romesh Ranganathan


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Confronted by the realities of adulthood, Romesh Ranganathan must face an uncomfortable truth: this is not quite how he imagined it.

Watching his friends descend into middle age, his waistline thicken and his finances dwindle to fund his family’s middle class aspirations, Romesh reflects on the demands of daily life and the challenges of adulting in the modern world.

As he reluctantly concludes that he is indeed a grown man, Rom wrestles with the greater questions that threaten his being: Could I save my family in a crisis? Do I possess the skills to assemble flatpack furniture? Am I too old for streetwear? Is it alright to parent my kids through the medium of Fortnite? Is celibacy the secret to a passionate marriage?

From one of the countries most beloved comedians and author of the Sunday Times bestseller STRAIGHT OUTTA CRAWLEY comes the hilarious and painfully accurate dissection of what it really means to grow up.

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ISBN-13: 9781787633599
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
Publication date: 10/15/2020
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

About the Author

Romesh Ranganathan is a comedian and actor. A former maths teacher, he made his comedy circuit debut in 2010, and has quickly established himself as one of Britain’s best loved comedy stars.

Known for his RTS Award winning series ‘The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan’, his weekly topical show ‘The Ranganation’, and his Sky One sitcom ‘The Reluctant Landlord’, he has also travelled the globe with Rob Beckett in ‘Rob & Romesh Vs’, been a regular on ‘A League Of Their Own’ and starred in the show that first brought Romesh and his mum to the public consciousness, the BAFTA nominated ‘Asian Provocateur’.

Romesh is currently in the middle of his biggest stand-up tour to date, ‘The Cynic’s Mixtape’, which sold out theatres in record time across the UK, including a phenomenal 12-nights at Hammersmith Apollo.

Amongst all of this, he still manages to squeeze in time to record his award-winning podcast ‘Hip Hop Saved My Life’, to write his regular ‘Midlife Crisis’ column for the Guardian, and to pen his bestselling autobiography, Straight Outta Crawley.

Table of Contents

Outmanoeuvred 1

Sex 10

Friendship 17

Flake 24

Holidays 28

Politeness 37

Quality Time 45

Relationships 50

Getting Old 65

Discretion 72

Other People's Children 77

Video Games 82

Culture 90

Disagreeing with Friend 97

Don't Let Your Mum Use Zoom 102

Be Careful with Hot Sauce 107

Don't Get Too Comfortable 112

Role Model 119

Look After Your Health 128

Alcohol Abuse 135

Learning to Cook 142

Trainer Geek 148

Music 155

Get a Tattoo (If You Want) 160

Eat the Doughnuts 165

Uncoordinated 171

Movies 178

Builders 185

Cars 192

Dancing 199

Lockdown 205

Mental Health 213

Religion 220

Social Media 226

Football 231

Race Relations 238

24 Hours to Live 245

Endgame 250

Acknowledgements 259

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