This is the second time I've read this book. The first time I heard about it was just after it was published. The book was mentioned on BBC Radio 4 and I was sufficiently intrigued to buy it. I have just re-read it for my book group. The short stories that comprise the book are clever, occasionally funny, and generally thought provoking. Those stories that offer life lessons, and ideas about enjoying a fulfilling life, are the ones I enjoyed the most. I must confess that towards the end of the book the cleverness started to pall, and the stories started to merge together. Ultimately it's enjoyable and interesting but not as wonderful as many of the reviews elsewhere on GoodReads suggest.