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  • Published: 15 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9781784753368
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $19.99
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Who Stole My Spear?




A sharply intelligent, brutally honest and deadly funny look at how to be a man - and the state of masculinity - these days from the award-winning Tim Samuels. This is a must-read for fans of Jon Ronson and Matt Haig!

Of the 200,000 years homo sapiens has been wandering this planet, this has to be the most absurd and challenging time to be a man…

How can you hunt and gather in an open-plan office?
Is monogamy fighting a losing battle against testes size?
Why do men make up 95% of FTSE CEOs yet 95% of the prison population?

Trapped in bodies barely changed since caveman days, males are now contending with corporate culture, lifelong commitment, rampant depression and crazy expectations to be a success at work and home.
Enter award-winning BBC broadcaster and journalist Tim Samuels with Who Stole My Spear? ­- which stops at nothing to explore how men should actually be living these days. From relationships, religion, and the rise of ISIS, to porn, fatherhood and the oppression of office life. Nothing is taboo: Is it less serious when a man has an affair? Why don’t new parents want boys?

Who Stole My Spear? is an inspiring rallying call for men and ‘good masculinity’ which cannot be ignored – that will leave you rethinking much about life’s big questions. And for women who wonder what’s on a man’s mind, this is the book that offers the entertainingly explosive answer.

  • Pub date: 15 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9781784753368
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Tim Samuels

Tim Samuels is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, BBC broadcaster and journalist. He has won three Royal Television Society awards and best documentary at the World Television Festival. Along the way, for a film, he formed the world’s oldest rock group The Zimmers. Born in Manchester, he is now a soft southerner living in London.


Praise for Who Stole My Spear?

“Tim Samuels knows it isn't always easy to be a man. In a disarmingly honest and funny way, he sets about revealing and challenging many of the ways men now find themselves living - taking on everything from war, religion and pornography, to fatherhood and relationships. The book is important as well as charming: something for many men, and as importantly women, to read, learn and be consoled by.”

Alain de Botton

“So THAT’S what they’re thinking, a fascinating peep behind the curtains of the 21st century male psyche… Hilarious, witty, insightful, and unique”

Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones

“Insightful, funny, and honest, Who Stole My Spear? is a great guide not to Real Man but to real men”

David Baddiel

“I laughed a lot. And cried some, but only on the inside. Which is where a man cries”

David Duchovny

“A soul-baring attempt to figure out what it means to be masculine”

Louis Theroux

“Pick of the Month”

Vanity Fair

“Brilliant”

Daily Telegraph

“While it is often very funny, it is also insightful, both independently and in the context of broader thinking about the predicament of contemporary men… A delight… moving… and in an ambitiously hybrid form, he bolsters these observations with reporting (he is a radio host and television journalist, who has covered immigration to Britain and America’s death row), plus research into the anthropology and history of masculinity.”

Economist

“A much-needed manual for modern man… with soul searching, honesty and humour”

Irish Sunday Independent


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