Man Who Scared A Shark To Death and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
  • List Price: CDN$ 18.00
  • You Save: CDN$ 3.60 (20%)
FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25.
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
The Man Who Scared a Shar... has been added to your Cart
+ CDN$ 6.49 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by Reuseabook
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Please note this product will be shipped from the UK within 24 hours of receiving your order. We not offer tracked shipment in order to maintain great prices. Please therefore be patient in waiting for your items to arrive. Please refer to your Amazon delivery dates as a guide, we hope your item arrives with you shortly. Product dispatched in UK within 48 hours. Thanks.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Man Who Scared a Shark to Death (and other true tales of drunken debauchery) Paperback – Oct 24 2006

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
CDN$ 14.40
CDN$ 13.01 CDN$ 0.58 First Novel Award - 6 Canadian Novels Make the Shortlist

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada (Oct. 24 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014305211X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143052111
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #465,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description


"...Noel Boivin has a hangover cure that actually works. Boivin, co-author of The Man Who Scared a Shark to Death and Other True Tales of Drunken Debauchery, has collected newspaper stories from around the world that will ease your remorse, no matter how badly you behaved the night before." -- Source: The Ottawa Citizen, December 30, 2006

"Lifelong sobriety certainly isn't a bad thing, but being a prude is, and it may prevent you from enjoying The Man Who Scared a Shark to attractive compilation that provides a voyeuristic peek into what can really go wrong when last call doesn't happen soon enough... It's fast and funny with the facts, without the morality." -- Source: Calgary Herald, January 7, 2007

"Next time you find yourself hunched over the kitchen table, head in hands, giant thermos of coffee in front of you, throbbing with remorse, this would be the book to have nearby. In it are all kinds of people who are more stupid and ashamed than you. Some of them even outshine Mel Gibson." -- North Shore News, December 17, 2006

"You've probably told them, but you've definitely heard them. You may even be the central figure in them. Tales of drunken debauchery often walk the thin line between embarrassment and hilarity... Christopher Lombardo, co-author of The Man Who Scared a Shark to Death… has found stories from around the world that could shame anyone." -- Source: The Toronto Star, December 26, 2006

“This entertaining compendium of tales of drunken exploits -- all documented truths, but reading somewhat like urban myths -- includes the title tale of a British comedian, drunk on a gallon of wine, who accepts a one-pound bet to jump completely naked into an aquarium filled with sharks and stingrays. The sharks lose.” -- The Globe and Mail, January 20, 2007

About the Author

NOEL BOIVIN comes by his credentials for this book honestly. Along with being known to enjoy the odd fermented beverage during his recreational hours, Boivin's apt surname can be found on vineyards in the Normandy region of France, and his hometown is known for its Grape and Wine Festival, which he faithfully tries to attend every year.

He has divided much of his time since journalism school between freelance writing and travel, having lived in Shanghai for a time as well as having seen much of Southeast Asia. Boivin now lives in Bangkok, Thailand, working for an English-language daily newspaper as well as a freelance writer.

After eking out a science degree from the University of Toronto, focusing his efforts much more on reading books of the non-course-related variety, CHRISTOPHER LOMBARDO turned his attention to journalism school, from which he dropped out to pursue freelancing, and write books such as this one.

An accomplished guitarist, and a less than accomplished recreational boxer, he does however own a novelty 'smiley face' punching pen. Lombardo speaks Italian very badly, German much less so and his loyalties are divided along these, his ethnic lines every World Cup tournament. He makes his home in downtown Toronto.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah McIntosh on Nov. 4 2006
Format: Paperback
While some of the anecdotes recounted in "The Man Who Scared a Shark to Death" are sure to make the least repentant boozer cringe, this is a seriously funny book. Its biggest strength is the commentary contained in forewards to each chapter, in which Boivin and Lombardo's strength as humourists shines through, but the tales themselves -- reminiscent of material contained in Wendy Northcutt's various "Darwin Awards" books -- are also worth the price of admission. The perfect Boxing Day read, highly recommended.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul McAllister on Jan. 19 2007
Format: Paperback
We've all done silly things while a little sauced and I sympathize with the people in this book. One of the funnier books I've read. Intelligently written and makes you think!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.

Look for similar items by category