It's a grim fact that the world isn't as nice as it used to be.
People are rude, greedy and selfish. So even though those hardback retro-looking books with flock covers and embossed titles look nice, they wont help turn back the clock. Skimming stones and whittling wood isn't going to bring world peace. In fact, the world is only made more dangerous by people making their own bunsen burners and careering down hills in soap-box carts. Well, here's an alternative book for boys - a modern manual for skills that every modern boy should know. DON't EVEN tHINK ABOUt It will educate and entertain and give advice on life's more important pursuits: how to tell decent jokes, three essential chords on the guitar, how to drill a hole and put a rawl plug in it, and how to play pool. All far more useful than a home-made periscope.
Richard Wilson is head of comedy for Hat Trick Productions and executive producer of 'Have I Got News For You'. He has also previously worked on 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' and 'Room 101'. His first book for Portico, 'Can't Be Arsed: 101 Things Not To Do Before You Die' (9781906032371) was published in 2008.