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Kindle edition for UK readers £3.77 here.
Kindle edition for USA readers $4.99 here.
196 page deluxe print edition available here:
Reviews so far:–
“I read “Make yourself uncomfortable”. I took it on holiday with me to Crete. I thought it would be a nice read on the beach. Well I ended up reading it all on the flight and within the first day…I couldn’t put it down. Very funny, I was laughing out loud, embarrasingly in the airplane on the flight out. I thoroughly enjoyed all the stories and cartoons, great variety. I specifically enjoyed the irony of the title, as there is nothing more comforting than reading about other peoples discomfort. Great job, and I look forward to the next book.“
“Mr Gridcharts lays bear the sordid tales of a life lived close to a certain kind of edge. Acerbic tongue fairly burning a hole through cheek, he relates youthful tales of growing up the son of a publican in England, his forays into working for a roving drama troupe, and his psychonautic explorations both dark and light. Always funny, occasionally moving, and actually very well-written this is well-deserving of an armchair and a cup of tea, or a bottle of wine, or whatever else it takes to get you through the day. Top marks, and I eagerly await the next one! “
“Make Yourself Uncomfortable is a collection of memoirs written by a hard luck, sardonic misfit. It’s about growing up in the UK in the Nineties and Noughties. About mispent youth and drug-fuelled excess. About unfulfilling desk jobs and living for the weekend. It’s also very funny indeed and deserves your eyeballs. Grab yourself a copy, you won’t be disappointed. “
“Quirky, witty and surprisingly touching. I thoroughly enjoyed this laugh-out funny story of young man’s coming of age, complete with encounters of the supernatural, and mild-altering substances, not necessarily at the same time! Have to confess I didn’t understand any of the comics… but I put that down to being over 40 and not having done enough drugs in my life.”
“Ron’s Jamie Oliver ‘interlude’ had me in stitches and the Stratford Bear episode (with accompanying drawing – just for the kids) was genius. This is the story of (almost) every rural market town teenager’s struggle.”
“With a title like that, this book was never going to be an easy read, or so I thought. Happily, it turned out to be a highly entertaining read, which made me laugh out loud at times. And wince a bit too admittedly. Ron Gridcharts has managed to make what could have been a tale of abject autobiographical despair very engaging and funny too in places. The chapters are short and well written to leave you wanting more, and the glimpses into different stages of Gridcharts’ crazy life are given sparingly and unsentimentally. Gridcharts writes about lack of control with great control and certainly doesn’t spare himself, presenting the ups and downs of his drug-driven, cash-strapped twenties and thirties in dark, graphic detail. The chapters are interspersed with original cartoons, hand-drawn with great skill and veering from rude to silly to groan-inducing. Guaranteed to get you sniggering. I was definitely left wondering what happens next, and after a debut like this I can’t wait to see what Gridcharts’ talent will produce. I’d definitely recommend this book; original, memorable, courageous and unlike any other book you’ve read before.”
“An enjoyable read. This is a writer who manages to engage, amuse and shock. I look forward to more of his work.”
“Wow, what an tigglish book!
While this book plays like a slice of life drama in a deep faculty of Ron Gridchart’s mind, every single page is carefully and meaningfully put together to speak about the nature of everyday life within different dimensions of existence which date back to Ron’s childhood times.
These things may be more discernible in Northern English counties like Yorkshire where the cotton mills once flourished, formed the basis of the societal constructs and defined human relationships(for which Ron wistfully reminisces), but their residue still permeates the Englishcountry as a whole, which, while trying to move beyond them, still remains mired in the same kind of stratifications.
The book opens with black and white pictures of a man and a turnip and then segues into a drama in 29 acts, using a crisscrossing narrative that delves into the day to day lives of various people who live and work in Ron’s mind. And through their interactions and involvements we are given a very clear picture of class system as microcosm.
This book is more than a simple slice of life. For those of you familiar with the books of Charles Dickens or kurt vonnetgut, what seems to be disconnected and inconsequential is put together like a jigsaw puzzle that leads brilliantly to the books final scene, at which point the entire story crystallizes before our very eyes, and we realize how well it has been supported and enriched by all we have been shown. We are left with the impression that Ron wants to take us into his discomfort zone only to break out into a huge food fight at the end of every chapter.
I thought the book was particularly brilliant in that “natural,” daily life scenes end up speaking volumes in the end, although perhaps they were more resonant for me since I just spent time in England. It’s one of those books where you know something is about to happen, but you’re not sure what or with whom until it does. Just pay attention to everything you see and hear, and everything that seems unimportant will take on much more meaning afterwards.
Throughout the book, there are narrative constructs for use to take hold of: the chapter headings, certain scenes that foreshadow, and illustrations that underscores where we are headed, without ever being exactly clear what we should prepare for. And this is, to a large part, the author’s genius.”
“I cannot recommend this book……highly enough. Acerbic and mordant……..are two of my favourite words and they both work well when describing this work. Excellent read and it took me right back. Thanks Ron.”