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Occasional comedian and full-time worrier Neil Hughes isn’t the kind of person you’d expect to write a helpful book.

He’s an idiot.

Or so his Inner Critic is constantly telling him.

No wonder he lives with anxiety.

But during his nervous bumbling through life he somehow learned how to reduce his anxiety and quit his unhelpful mental habits.

Oh… and he stumbled on the Meaning of Life, too.

I really, really enjoyed it.

A brave and noble book. What better thing can a person do with their own suffering than use it to help others?

It’s on my read-this-again shelf.

Nathan Filer, author of ‘The Shock of the Fall’

To merely call it a self-help book would be a complete disservice to the author. Part biography, part guide, and part Brother’s Grimm Fairy Tales of the Strange… if only I had read this growing up then I might not have felt so alone.

Claire Eastham

Now he’s sharing a combination of hilarious real-life stories, inventive fantasy fiction and badly-drawn graphs to help you to be less anxious and more happy.

In this compelling, surprising and delightful guide to life for humans, Neil explores how to (gently) uproot anxiety, all while battling irritating interruptions from his doubtful Inner Critic.

Hughes offers a humor-filled and useful guide for anxiety… disarmingly relatable.Publishers Weekly

Then—after sorting out love, crises, relationships, purpose, and contentment—he even considers how we can deal with death and the Meaning of Life itself.

And, somehow, it turns out everything can be explained using custard…

It's not bad, I suppose.Neil's Mum


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Hughes’ down to earth, sometimes silly, humour and self-deprecation make him an ideal guide…It’s clearly a book that has a lot to offer anxious humans everywhere. It’s inspiring without being over-ambitious; challenging without being preachy; insightful without making you cringe (too much!); and funny without being dismissive…

It achieves what many self-help books lack: warmth, humour, and relatability, but without compromising on wisdom, insight, and practical, useful advice.

Sarah Graham