The Upgrade

The Upgrade : A Cautionary Tale of a Life Without Reservations

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Bored, broke and struggling to survive in one of the most expensive cities on earth, Paul Carr comes to the surprising realisation that it would actually be cheaper to live in a hotel in Manhattan than in his one-bedroom London flat. Inspired by that possibility, he decides to sell most of his possessions, abandon his old life and spend a year living entirely without commitments, as a modern-day nomad. Thanks to Paul's highly developed blagging skills, what begins as a one-year experiment soon becomes a permanent lifestyle - a life lived in luxury hotels and mountain-top villas. A life of fast cars, Hollywood actresses and Icelandic rock stars. Of 6,000-mile booty calls, of partying with 800 female hairdressers dressed only in bedsheets, and of nearly dying at the hands of Spanish drug dealers. And, most bizarrely of all, a life that still costs less than surviving on cold pizza in London. Yet, as word of Paul's exploits starts to spread - first online, then through a newspaper column and eventually a book deal - he finds himself forced constantly to up the stakes in order to keep things interesting.
With his behaviour spiralling to dangerous - and sometimes criminal - levels, he is forced to ask the question: is there such a thing as too much freedom?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 23mm | 410g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0297859293
  • 9780297859291
  • 383,687

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An uproarious and brilliant story of friendship, alcoholism and itinerancy, penned by an adorably self-obsessed, if slightly autistic, attention-seeker. -- Milo Yiannopoulos WIRED.CO.UK
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About Paul Carr

Paul Carr is a writer and journalist, specialising in media and popular culture. A former Guardian media columnist, he also edited various publications and founded numerous businesses with varying degrees of abysmal failure. After getting fired from every job he'd ever had - including at least two where he was his own boss - he realised it was easier to write about other people's success than to have any of his own. As the co-founder of two Internet companies he knows the world of Internet moguls both inside and out.
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