The A-Z Of Living Together by Jeff Green

Ah, the differences between men and women. Where would the comedian - or the relationship counsellor - be without them?

Now Jeff Green has jumped on the 'Men Are From Mars' bandwagon for his first book. And just in time for Christmas, too.

That there are few surprises in The A-Z Of Living Together is, well, no surprise. This is the familiar world where men are useless slobs who are bad in bed and worse with the remote control, while women like shoes and nagging - and, of course, dragging up bygone arguments from the filing system of their mind.

Green even acknowledges this - see under C for Cliché - but still doesn't stray too far from the well-worn path.

However, just because it's pushing buttons rather than boundaries doesn't necessarily mean it's not funny. Men Behaving Badly managed to mine plenty of laughs from this rich seam of comedy - possibly to the point of exhaustion.

This self-styled survival guide isn't quite in that league, but it does elicit more than a few laugh-out-loud moments. You will probably find yourself sniggering - against your better judgment - as you recognise some embarrassing personality trait.

Split into easily-digestible morsels, this is a very easy, undemanding read - the sort of thing you could polish off in an hour or two on a miserable afternoon, or leave as reading material in the loo... if you're a bloke, obviously.

The A-Z Of Living Together is published by Time Warner at £6.99. It is available from Amazon at £5.59, click here to buy it.

Steve Bennett
November 11, 2002

Published: 22 Sep 2006

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