KARLOLOGY: What I’ve Learnt So Far (Karl Pilkington)

51vtAMgCWjL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Back in 2008 KP produced another cracking book filled with all the drivel we’ve come to love and expect. Written in a first-person stream of consciousness style and filled with hilarious digressions and misguided observations, Karlology’s chapters each focus on a single trip by Karl to an exhibition or museum.

In Karl’s never-ending quest for knowledge, each visit is an opportunity to explore a different area of academic interest, from science, to art to the human body. Each chapter recounts, first person, Karl’s confused, bemused and distracted response to the facts he is presented with. Things that to any normal person would seem mundane or ordinary suddenly take on a new perspective – and hilarity ensues. In this book Karl goes for a MENSA test, goes to an exhibition of the human body featuring real life (dead) human bodies.

And we get the confrontation we’ve all been waiting for – Karl meets his brain. And of course, there’s also some monkey news thrown in. If you’ve been following Karl through all the media over the years (XFM, podcasts, audiobooks, An Idiot Abroad and The Moaning of Life documentaries) some of the stuff in here are things he’s already mentioned. But in this format he’s allowed to elaborate on his thoughts and also poses some new ones too. His drawings are always charming and the design of this book is really top-notch. Suzanne even throws in a touching afterword. “He makes me laugh every day” she says. Long live Karl!


  1. Great review! I’ve gotta get this book now, if only for the MENSA test (sounds hilarious). 🙂


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