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

Sam Leith

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

"Sod's Law" collects the funniest and most pitiable stories of human misfortune from the dawn of the universe to the present day, showing why everything that can go wrong, does. 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 your toast always fall 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 will reassures us that it does - and that higher power is hell bent on buggering things up. 3.5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
Sod's Law: Why Life Always Lands Butter Side Down

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Humour
Format Paperback
Pages 172
RRP £7.99
Date of Publication November 2009
ISBN 978-1848872301
Publisher Atlantic
 

"Sod's Law" collects the funniest and most pitiable stories of human misfortune from the dawn of the universe to the present day, showing why everything that can go wrong, does. 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 your toast always fall 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 will reassures us that it does - and that higher power is hell bent on buggering things up.

"Why life always lands butter side down" - Sam Leith, Daily Mail, 26/10/09

Reviews

The Guardian

Josh Lacey

A compendium of funny stories which, unusually for such books, is actually very funny. The general theme is "the blind perversity of the inanimate", but that's really just an excuse to gather together a bunch of entertaining anecdotes.

12/12/2009

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The Scotsman

William Leith

Sod's Law, Sam Leith tells us, is the law that governs us: "Search your soul. You have that belief." And here, told with crisp wit, are umpteen stories in which this law reigns supreme. A hunter is shot, with his own gun, by an animal – a snake, would you believe. A general tells his troops: "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist…". An office worker survives the Hiroshima bomb and returns home to recuperate. His home town is Nagasaki.

28/11/2009

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The Times

Iain Finlayson

Given that we are inevitably at the mercy of Sod’s Law, it follows that failure and disgrace cannot be attributed personally to ourselves. It’s not our fault. This is proved by the funny stories Leith tells here. When you’ve finished your business in the toilet, please leave this book for the amusement and consolation of others.

21/11/2009

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