Romesh Ranganathan to publish second memoir

Wednesday 27th May 2020, 10:10am

Romesh Ranganathan. Copyright: Penguin Books.

Romesh Ranganathan is to publish a new book.

His second volume of memoirs, As Good As It Gets: Life Lessons From A Reluctant Adult will be released in October in hardback, audiobook and eBook formats.

From Transworld, part of the Penguin Random House publishing empire, the book promises "a hilarious dissection of adulthood and the pressures we all face to grow up".

They explain: "Told through his own personal failings and the many small rebellions he has staged against the unreasonable social expectations we all face, in As Good As It Gets Ranganathan reflects on the demands of daily life and the challenges of adulting in the modern world.

"Taking in everything from family to popular culture, politics to mental health, the book is both an intensely funny and personal interrogation, and a comforting recognition of the fact that we are all bluffing our way through adulthood."

Transworld Editorial Director Henry Vines acquired rights to As Good As It Gets: Life Lessons From A Reluctant Adult from Ranganathan's agent, Flo Howard, at Off The Kerb.

It follows his first memoir, the Sunday Times best-selling Straight Outta Crawley, which was published in October 2018.

The new book is now available to pre-order, ahead of publication on 15th October.


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Romesh Ranganathan - As Good As It Gets: Life Lessons From A Reluctant Adult

Romesh Ranganathan - As Good As It Gets: Life Lessons From A Reluctant Adult

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 country's 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.

First published: Thursday 15th October 2020

  • Publisher: Bantam Press
  • Pages: 304
  • Catalogue: 9781787633599

Romesh Ranganathan - Straight Outta Crawley: Memoirs Of A Distinctly Average Human Being

Romesh Ranganathan - Straight Outta Crawley: Memoirs Of A Distinctly Average Human Being

At the age of 9, Romesh Ranganathan delivered his first ever stand-up set at a Pontin's holiday camp talent competition, smashing the other competitor, a young girl playing the kazoo.

The gig went so well that Romesh retired his comic genius for twenty-two years, hiding behind the guise of a maths teacher, before finally revealing himself again (no, not like that) at the tender age of 31. In 2010, Ranganathan staged his epic comeback gig to an almost silent room, and has since gone on to earn his place as the most in-demand overweight vegan Sri Lankan comedian in Britain.

Now, for the first time, he tells the full story of how he got here. From the delights of Sri Lankan hospitality to his struggles as a child, teacher and now parent, to his adolescent flirtation with a rap career and his attempts to make it in comedy, Straight Outta Crawley is Ranganathan's hilarious and irreverent autobiography.

First published: Thursday 4th October 2018

  • Publisher: Bantam Press
  • Pages: 368
  • Catalogue: 9780593078259

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