This is a great light read. Kind of lad lit if you will. By that I mean in the same oeuvre as Nick Hornby or Tony Parsons. This isn't meant to denigrate the book, because it is sweetly funny while the protagonist lurches from one tragicomedy to another. It isn't funny when you are the one undergoing these trials which seem like a sadistic joke from some malevolence master puppeteer but certainly does prove the point that "whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger". It may take you right up the crumbling edge of the cliff in terms of reaching your last crumbs of fortitude but somehow, moment by moment, the protagonist takes breath after painful breath. I think the strength of this book is that it is easily digestive but skilfully wrought enough to make you engage with the protagonist and wan to follow his journey to see what plays out.
Title: The Full Ridiculous
Author: Mark Lamprell
Publisher: Text Publishing, Melbourne