Instructions for Living Someone Else's Life

Author(s): Mil Millington


Chris is 25. He has a job in advertising he despises - despite being naturally brilliant at creating shamelessly successful campaigns - an 'artistic' girlfriend and his two best mates from university, who spend a lot of time playing pool, drinking Grolsch and quoting lines from Robocop at each other. But Chris's life is about to change. The eighties are coming to an end and he must take decisive action if he is to fulfil what he suspects is his true potential. So, after pre-emptively celebrating the fact he is about to hand in his resignation, Chris goes to bed drunk in 1988 but very unexpectedly wakes up in 2006, with an unbelievable hangover, a long-suffering (and worryingly 'old'-looking) stranger for a wife, a life that hasn't turned out the way he had hoped for at all, and an unnerving amount of new body hair. For any one who has ever felt like a 25-year-old stuck in a middle-aged body this is a brilliantly funny and moving novel about love and experience, choices made and consequences lived with, and how although we may get hopelessly lost in life, the most unexpeceted people can help us find our way home.


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With his Guardian columns, his hugely popular website and his frequent festival and radio appearances Mil Millington is one of the best-loved comic writers in the UK. He writes about relationships with insight and wit, and has been compared to Helen Fielding, Nick Hornby and Eddie Izzard. 'With his tear-inducing humour, Millington [taps] into the zeitgeist' Vogue 'Insightful and wickedly funny' Heat

"funny and insightful. the jokes are brilliant and the plot zips along" EVE "This novel shows how age can creep up on us" OK! "there are some musings on feeling as if all your life choices have been made, but the strength of this book lies in Millington's humour" -- Alex Heminsley THE LONDONPAPER "his arch style will please fans of his previous writing - as well as 43-year-olds" -- Katy Guest THE INDEPENDENT Some books make you snort involuntarily with laughter; others you have to put down for a proper belly laugh... This is in the latter category -- Tania Ahsan METRO "hilarious and occasionally touching... a deeply observant work" -- Serena Kutchinsky TIME OUT "You know when you're laughing so hard you're almost sobbing? Things My Girlfriend ... had that effect on me and so did Instructions For Living" TRASHIONISTA "there are some fine observations on the ageing process" -- Toby Clements DAILY TELEGRAPH

Mil Millington is the creator of the cult website and co-founder of He writes for various newspapers and magazines and was named by the Guardian as one of the top five debut novelists of 2002. Mil lives in the West Midlands with his girlfriend and their two children.

General Fields

  • : 9780297851257
  • : Orion Publishing Co
  • : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • : July 2008
  • : 234mm X 153mm X 20mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Mil Millington
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 823.92
  • : 272
  • : Modern fiction