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John O'farrell - Author


John O'Farrell is the author of four novels: The Man Who Forgot His Wife, May Contain Nuts, This Is Your Life and The Best a Man Can Get. His novels have been translated into over twenty languages and have been adapted for radio and television. He has also written two best-selling history books: An Utterly Impartial History of Britain and An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain, as well as a political memoir, Things Can Only Get Better and three collections of his column in The Guardian. A former comedy scriptwriter for such productions as Spitting Image, Room 101, Murder Most Horrid and Chicken Run, he is founder of the satirical website NewsBiscuit and can occasionally be spotted on such TV programmes as Grumpy Old Men, Question Time and Have I Got News for You.

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Featured Books, with extracts, by John O'farrell

Things Can Only Get Worse by John O'farrell
Things Can Only Get Worse
John O'farrell
Tells the personal story of one political activist helping Labour progress from its 1997 landslide to the unassailable position it enjoys today. A sequel to the best-selling Things Can Only Get Better, this book is suitable for everyone who...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/07/2017
There's Only Two David Beckhams by John O'farrell
There's Only Two David Beckhams
John O'farrell
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2016. There's Only Two David Beckhams is John O'Farrell's love-letter to football; part-detective story, part-sports memoir, part-satire on the whole corrupt FIFA circus; it just made the final for the funniest football fiction...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2015
The Man Who Forgot His Wife by John O'farrell
The Man Who Forgot His Wife
John O'farrell
October 2012 Book of the Month. One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. John O’Farrell’s novels are consistently funny, poking a stick at middle class angst and embarrassing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/10/2012
The Man Who Forgot His Wife by John O'farrell
The Man Who Forgot His Wife
John O'farrell
March 2012 Book of the Month. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 8 March 2012. John O’Farrell’s novels are consistently funny, poking a stick at middle clash angst and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/03/2012
An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain or Sixty Years of Making the Same Stupid Mistakes as Always by John O'farrell
An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain or Sixty Years of Making the Same Stupid Mistakes as Always
John O'farrell
John O’Farrell brings his unique style to the history of Britain over the last century. “Utterly exasperated” is exactly what he is and this makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read that’s not quite so stuffy and formal as the usual...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2010
An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain or Sixty Years of Making the Same Stupid Mistakes as Always by John O'farrell
An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain or Sixty Years of Making the Same Stupid Mistakes as Always
John O'farrell
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 10 December 2009. John O’Farrell brings his unique style to the history of Britain over the last century. “Utterly exasperated” is exactly what he is and this makes for a thoroughly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2009
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain: (or 2000 Years Of Upper Class Idiots In Charge) by John O'farrell
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain: (or 2000 Years Of Upper Class Idiots In Charge)
John O'farrell
The subtitle “Or 2000 years of upper class idiots in charge” gives you an idea of the slant of this gem of a book. With shades of 1066 And All That matched by O’Farrell’s sharp pen, this is chronologically accurate...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2008
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain: (or 2000 Years Of Upper Class Idiots In Charge) by John O'farrell
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain: (or 2000 Years Of Upper Class Idiots In Charge)
John O'farrell
The subtitle “Or 2000 years of upper class idiots in charge” gives you an idea of the slant of this gem of a book. With shades of 1066 And All That matched by O’Farrell’s sharp pen, this is chronologically accurate...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2007
I Have a Bream by John O'farrell
I Have a Bream
John O'farrell
Presents a collection of the author's popular Guardian columns - the final part of the trilogy in which he discovers that Margaret Thatcher is actually his mother.
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/10/2007
May Contain Nuts by John O'farrell
May Contain Nuts
John O'farrell
With his trademark comic eye for detail, John O'Farrell has produced a funny and provocative book that will make you laugh, cry and vow never to become that sort of parent. And then you can pass it on to your...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2006
This is Your Life by John O'farrell
This is Your Life
John O'farrell
Just as bogus doctors are occasionally discovered in hospitals, Jimmy Conway has become a bogus celebrity; winning an award for something he never did, being photographed in Hello! in someone else's house, and ultimately making a fool of the entire...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2003
Global Village Idiot by John O'farrell
Global Village Idiot
John O'farrell
Gathered here are the best of John O'Farrell's newspaper columns for The Guardian and The Independent , which saw him win the coveted Best Columnist of the Year Award at the prestigious British Liars Awards.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2002
The Best a Man Can Get by John O'farrell
The Best a Man Can Get
John O'farrell
The Best a Man Can Get is written with the hilarious eye for detail that sent John O'Farrell's first book, Things Can Only Get Better, to the top of the bestseller lists. It is a darkly comic confessional that is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2001
Things Can Only Get Better Eighteen Miserable Years in the Life of a Labour Supporter, 1979-1997 by John O'farrell
Things Can Only Get Better Eighteen Miserable Years in the Life of a Labour Supporter, 1979-1997
John O'farrell
A personal account of a Labour supporter's miserable eighteen years under a Tory government. A literary debut which combines wit with barbed insight from the author who has been a full time comedy writer since the voters of Battersea sacked...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/1970

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