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Joel Golby is a staff writer for Vice, where he is among the site's most read contributors. He has written for The Guardian, Shortlist, and the BBC. He's more of a cat than a dog man, but he see merits in both. He lives in London.


*A BBC Best Book of 2019 So Far*

"Seeing the byline 'Joel Golby' means you're about to ungraciously snort with laughter in a public place. Golby is sharper at dissecting the madness of 21st century online existence than any other writer. Every paragraph is like doing a shot with a friend. A double."
-Caitlin Moran, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be a Woman and How to Be Famous

"This is a funny and beautiful book. What a little bastard."
-Russell Brand, New York Times bestselling author of My Booky Wook and Recovery

"Joel Golby is my favorite pop culture-obsessed nihilist...You'll laugh, cry and probably be a bit weirded out."
-Sharon Horgan, co-creator of Catastrophe

"Using a blend of insightful self-deprecation and almost lovable braggadocio, Golby tackles subjects big and small with the same forensic thinking and enthusiasm... [He] is great at switching between the poignant and the absurd, observing life both with the wonder of a toddler who has just discovered where you hid the crayons and the confidence of the friend who tells you 'I got this' before attempting to fix your vacuum cleaner."
-Adam Kay, The Guardian

"A writer who can be funny and offhandedly profound at the same time...[Golby] sometimes feels like a kindred spirit to David Sedaris, but younger and more biting."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Golby, a British staff writer for Vice, moves between dark wit and even darker emotion, often in the course of a single sentence...Consistently entertaining."

"With Golby we're treated to two things at once: the pleasure of his wit and style as he ranges his themes, and a sustained, near-Swiftian satire on the very real and material challenges driven by the United Kingdom's housing crisis...That Golby spins comedy gold from such a sorry state of affairs is testimony to how much we need a voice like his."
-LA Review of Books

"A millennial's answer to David Sedaris. No writer is funnier than Joel Golby."
-Dolly Alderton, author of Everything I Know About Love

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