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John Bishop - Author

About the Author

John Bishop was born in Liverpool and grew up in Winsford and Runcorn, Cheshire. In 2006, approaching his 40th birthday, John left his job to pursue a career in comedy. Within three years he was playing to sell-out arenas and had released the fastest-selling debut DVD in history. Now a household name and one of the biggest stars in comedy, John has just completed his third nationwide arena tour. John lives with his wife and three sons in Cheshire and his hobbies include his dog Bilko and supporting Liverpool, but not always in that order.

Featured books by John Bishop

How Did All This Happen?

How Did All This Happen?

Author: John Bishop Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2013

If you're a man of a certain age you'll know there comes a point in life when getting a sports car and over-analysing your contribution to society sounds like a really good idea. With a good job in sales and marketing and a nice house in Manchester that he shared with his wife and kids, John Bishop was no different when he turned the dreaded 4-0. But instead of spanking a load of cash on a car that would have made him look like a senior stylist at Vidal Sassoon, he stumbled onto a pathway that ultimately lead him to become one of the nation's best loved comedians. It was a gamble, but boy, did it pay off. How Did All This Happen? is the story of how a boy who, growing up on a council estate dreaming of ousting Kenny Dalglish from Liverpool FC's starting line-up, suddenly found himself on stage in front of thousands of people nationwide, at an age when he should have known better. In his own inimitable style, John guides us through his life from leaving the estate and travelling the globe on a shoe string, to marriage, kids and the split that led him to being on a stage complaining to strangers one night - the night that changed his life and started his journey to stardom. Wonderfully entertaining and packed with colourful reminiscences and comical anecdotes, this is a heart-warming, life-affirming and ultimately very, very funny memoir from one of the nation's greatest comedians.

Other books by John Bishop

The Chinese Attack Ypres 1917

The Chinese Attack Ypres 1917

Author: John Bishop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2017

What did the world's most populous country contribute to World War One? Not much, apart from the 140,000 labourers who signed up to work on the Western Front and found themselves under a casually-racist military jurisdiction. The Chinese Attack dramatises their situation through the eyes of 2nd Lieutenant Jack Reynolds, sent to find evidence of unfolding mutiny among them after he himself has been charged with inciting protest at the War's direction - this a consequence of the loss of his men in a futile decoy attack at the Battle of Passchendaele. Jack's growing realisation that he is being used to further injustice leads him to rebel and fight to stop his Chinese charges' being sacrificed to mindless prejudice. Against a backdrop of the chaos unleashed by the Allied collapse in the Spring of 1918, Jack's mission to save his servant Tien becomes a pell-mell dash for freedom to escape from the firing squad. In the course of which he struggles to regain his own will to live. While the central plot is fiction, the routine experiences of the Chinese are based on fact and bring to life a neglected aspect of the War, which both contributed to post-war Chinese political and economic developments and fed the anti-imperialist propaganda of more recent Chinese governments.

The London Bus in Colour From the 1970s to the 1990s

The London Bus in Colour From the 1970s to the 1990s

Author: John Bishop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/08/2016

The last three decades of the twentieth century saw dramatic changes in the bus industry with deregulation of bus services nationally in October 1986 in the provincial areas. Visually London seemed to stay the same with the buses still operating in the customary red liveries which all cherished from childhood. This book sets out to show how the vehicles moved forward from the traditional layout of rear platform and open half cab to the introduction of one man buses with their front entrances. The effects of deregulation are shown with dynamic colour schemes especially with the Bexleybus blue and cream colour scheme. With the passing of years we progress to the now familiar single deck buses, and also cover various other transport experiments.

P/M940872 Chronicle of a Cold War Eavesdropper. A Poem

P/M940872 Chronicle of a Cold War Eavesdropper. A Poem

Author: John Bishop, Tony Cash Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/01/2016

British Trolleybuses in Colour

British Trolleybuses in Colour

Author: John Bishop, Malcolm Keeping Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2015

The Last Decade of British Trolleybuses in Colour covers the general demise of the British trolleybus from 1961 to 1972 when the last Bradford trolleybus entered the Thornbury Works for the final time on 26 March 1972. Gripped by a fascination of trolleybuses, John Bishop and Malcolm Keeping decided to capture the vehicles on both cine-film and colour transparencies. Having seen the demise of their 'home town trolleybuses', both authors travelled the country photographing the remaining trolleybus systems, including the capital cities of Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow and London. The photographs not only capture the vast array of colours of the vehicles, but the changing scene of the so called 'Swinging Sixties' when attitudes relaxed dramatically. Since these colourful days, the scene has changed even more so when the local government in the Seventies altered municipal operations becoming companies and many changed names or disappeared altogether. Therefore, this book records far more than just the demise of the trolleybuses, but changes in society as well.

Researches Into the Pathology and Treatment of Deformities in the Human Body

Researches Into the Pathology and Treatment of Deformities in the Human Body

Author: John Bishop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/01/2015

Economic Well-Being and Inequality Papers from the Fifth ECINEQ Meeting

Economic Well-Being and Inequality Papers from the Fifth ECINEQ Meeting

Author: John Bishop Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/09/2014

Research on Economic Inequality, Volume 22 begins with papers of widespread interest on the impact of the Great Recession. The first paper addresses the impact of asset meltdown on the wealth of the US middle class, with disparate racial and ethnic impacts. The second studies poverty and inequality in the US in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The next topic is on the evolution of poverty and inequality in the world. One paper proposes a new methodology to measure global poverty and inequality, while the second analyzes the importance of considering not only the desperately poor but also those just above the subsistence level. Great interest for inequality researchers lies on the use of wealth data. Two approaches to this issue are presented. Firstly, several papers study wealth inequality directly. Secondly, a paper uses annuitized wealth data to augment the income measure of economic well-being. An emerging field in the study of economic well-being is the use of self-reported status and perceptions data. Three papers employ this type of data, investigating happiness inequality, perception of income inequality, and the existence of a Great Gatsby Curve for job mobility.

Chinese Attack

Chinese Attack

Author: John Bishop Format: eBook Release Date: 02/09/2014

What did the world's most populous country contribute to World War One? Not much, apart from the 140,000 labourers who signed up to work on the Western Front and found themselves under a casually-racist military jurisdiction. The Chinese Attack dramatises their situation through the eyes of 2nd Lieutenant Jack Reynolds, sent to find evidence of unfolding mutiny among them after he himself has been charged with inciting protest at the War's direction - this a consequence of the loss of his men in a futile decoy attack at the Battle of Passchendaele. Jack's growing realisation that he is being used to further injustice leads him to rebel and fight to stop his Chinese charges' being sacrificed to mindless prejudice. Against a backdrop of the chaos unleashed by the Allied collapse in the Spring of 1918, Jack's mission to save his servant Tien becomes a pell-mell dash for freedom to escape from the firing squad. In the course of which he struggles to regain his own will to live. While the central plot is fiction, the routine experiences of the Chinese are based on fact and bring to life a neglected aspect of the War, which both contributed to post-war Chinese political and economic developments and fed the anti-imperialist propaganda of more recent Chinese governments.

How Did All This Happen?

How Did All This Happen?

Author: John Bishop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

If you're a man of a certain age you'll know there comes a point in life when getting a sports car and over-analysing your contribution to society sounds like a really good idea. With a good job in sales and marketing and a nice house in Manchester that he shared with his wife and kids, John Bishop was no different when he turned the dreaded 4-0. But instead of spanking a load of cash on a car that would have made him look like a senior stylist at Vidal Sassoon, he stumbled onto a pathway that ultimately lead him to become one of the nation's best loved comedians. It was a gamble, but boy, did it pay off. How Did All This Happen? is the story of how a boy who, growing up on a council estate dreaming of ousting Kenny Dalglish from Liverpool FC's starting line-up, suddenly found himself on stage in front of thousands of people nationwide, at an age when he should have known better. In his own inimitable style, John guides us through his life from leaving the estate and travelling the globe on a shoe string, to marriage, kids and the split that led him to being on a stage complaining to strangers one night - the night that changed his life and started his journey to stardom. Wonderfully entertaining and packed with colourful reminiscences and comical anecdotes, this is a heart-warming, life-affirming and ultimately very, very funny memoir from one of the nation's greatest comedians.

Refuse to Forget

Refuse to Forget

Author: John Bishop Format: eBook Release Date: 28/05/2014

"e;My dear lady, why don't you go home and sit still?"e; So, in August 1914, the War Office dismissed Lady Hester Dunranald's offer to 'do her bit.' And if it hadn't been for 14 year-old Harry Butler's love of cars - and his desperation to 'see action' that made him lie about his age - at home she would have stayed. Instead, Harry drives Lady Hester's private ambulance across the channel to Belgium, where he, Lady Hester and her two female companions rescue wounded as the beleaguered Belgian army strains to hold the German invaders. Once the British Army has again rejected Lady Hester's offer of help! When the Belgians open the sea dykes in a final desperate attempt to block the German advance, the ambulance crew is caught up in the ensuing chaos. Blundering behind the German lines, they evade death at the hands of marauding Uhlans, only to be mistaken for the inmates of a German Army brothel. Capture condemns them to be shot as spies in Ypres, where the Kaiser intends to celebrate the imminent final conquest of Belgium. John Bishops's third novel shows the drift into a war no one wanted. Its initial, shocking reality is seen through the eyes of Harry, a 14-year-old boy who, caught up in the hysteria of the time, bluffs his way into seeing action -- and sees far more than he bargained for. When even just surviving becomes a form of purgatory, Harry only has the desire to forget... Refuse to Forget is a novel that takes its characters into a cataclysmic war that will change their worlds forever.

How Did All This Happen?

How Did All This Happen?

Author: John Bishop Format: eBook Release Date: 10/10/2013

If you're a man of a certain age you'll know there comes a point in life when getting a sports car and over-analysing your contribution to society sounds like a really good idea.With a good job in sales and marketing and a nice house in Manchester that he shared with his wife and kids, John Bishop was no different when he turned the dreaded 4-0. But instead of spanking a load of cash on a car that would have made him look like a senior stylist at Vidal Sassoon, he stumbled onto a pathway that ultimately lead him to become one of the nation's best loved comedians. It was a gamble, but boy, did it pay off.How Did All This Happen? is the story of how a boy who, growing up on a council estate dreaming of ousting Kenny Dalglish from Liverpool FC's starting line-up, suddenly found himself on stage in front of thousands of people nationwide, at an age when he should have known better.In his own inimitable style, John guides us through his life from leaving the estate and travelling the globe on a shoe string, to marriage, kids and the split that led him to being on a stage complaining to strangers one night - the night that changed his life and started his journey to stardom.Wonderfully entertaining and packed with colourful reminiscences and comical anecdotes, this is a heart-warming, life-affirming and ultimately very, very funny memoir from one of the nation's greatest comedians.

Love, Freedom or Death

Love, Freedom or Death

Author: John Bishop Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2013

It all started with a promise to a girl he hardly knew... Love, Freedom or Death is a love story set against the resistance struggle in Crete during World War 2. Inspired by true events, it follows impetuous young Dudley Watkins, a New Zealand Sergeant, as he journeys from the disillusionment of defeat in the battle of Crete to the willingness to risk all for the island he has come to love. Love, Freedom or Death tells of a man who kept his promises, but in doing so drove others to break theirs, a man who fought to make the Cretan dream of freedom a reality and a man who falls out with his British masters while falling in love with an unattainable woman. Reminiscent of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, John Bishop's novel is a powerful story of love and betrayal.

Dimensions of Ritual Economy

Dimensions of Ritual Economy

Author: John Bishop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2012

Increasingly, economists have acknowledged that a major limitation to economic theory has been its failure to incorporate human values and beliefs as motivational factors. Conversely, the economic underpinnings of ritual practice are under-theorized and therefore not accessible to economists working on synthetic theories of human choice. This book addresses the problem by bringing together anthropologists with diverse backgrounds in the study of religion and economy to forge an analytical vocabulary that constitutes the building blocks of a theory of ritual economythe process of provisioning and consuming that materializes and substantiates worldview for managing meanings and shaping interpretations. The chapters in Part I explore how values and beliefs structure the dual processes of provisioning and consuming. Contributions to Part II consider how ritual and economic processes interlink to materialize and substantiate worldview. Chapters in Part III examine how people and institutions craft and assert worldview through ritual and economic action to manage meaning and shape interpretation. In Part IV, Jeremy Sabloff outlines the road ahead for developing the theory of ritual economy. By focusing on the intersection of cosmology and material transfers, the contributors push economic theory towards a more socially informed perspective.

John Bishop Live The Sunshine Tour

John Bishop Live The Sunshine Tour

Author: John Bishop Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 16/02/2012

John Bishop Elvis Has Left the Building

John Bishop Elvis Has Left the Building

Author: John Bishop Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/12/2011

Dangerous Church Risking Everything to Reach Everyone

Dangerous Church Risking Everything to Reach Everyone

Author: John Bishop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2011

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy Natural Agency: An Essay on the Causal Theory of Action

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy Natural Agency: An Essay on the Causal Theory of Action

Author: John Bishop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2008

From a moral point of view we think of ourselves as capable of responsible actions. From a scientific point of view we think of ourselves as animals whose behaviour, however highly evolved, conforms to natural scientific laws. Natural Agency argues that these different perspectives can be reconciled, despite the scepticism of many philosophers who have argued that 'free will' is impossible under 'scientific determinism'. This scepticism is best overcome, according to the author, by defending a causal theory of action, that is by establishing that actions are constituted by behavourial events with the appropriate kind of mental causal history. He sets out a rich and subtle argument for such a theory and defends it against its critics. Thus the book demonstrates the importance of philosophical work in action theory for the central metaphysical task of understanding our place in nature.

Believing by Faith An Essay in the Epistemology and Ethics of Religious Belief

Believing by Faith An Essay in the Epistemology and Ethics of Religious Belief

Author: John Bishop Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/04/2007

Can it be justifiable to commit oneself 'by faith' to a religious claim when its truth lacks adequate support from one's total available evidence? In Believing by Faith, John Bishop defends a version of fideism inspired by William James's 1896 lecture 'The Will to Believe'. By critiquing both 'isolationist' (Wittgensteinian) and Reformed epistemologies of religious belief, Bishop argues that anyone who accepts that our publicly available evidence is equally open to theistic and naturalist/atheistic interpretations will need to defend a modest fideist position. This modest fideism understands theistic commitment as involving 'doxastic venture' - practical commitment to propositions held to be true through 'passional' causes (causes other than the recognition of evidence of or for their truth). While Bishop argues that concern about the justifiability of religious doxastic venture is ultimately moral concern, he accepts that faith-ventures can be morally justifiable only if they are in accord with the proper exercise of our rational epistemic capacities. Legitimate faith-ventures may thus never be counter-evidential, and, furthermore, may be made supra-evidentially only when the truth of the faith-proposition concerned necessarily cannot be settled on the basis of evidence. Bishop extends this Jamesian account by requiring that justifiable faith-ventures should also be morally acceptable both in motivation and content. Hard-line evidentialists, however, insist that all religious faith-ventures are morally wrong. Bishop thus conducts an extended debate between fideists and hard-line evidentialists, arguing that neither side can succeed in establishing the irrationality of its opposition. He concludes by suggesting that fideism may nevertheless be morally preferable, as a less dogmatic, more self-accepting, even a more loving, position than its evidentialist rival.

Transgenic Mammals

Transgenic Mammals

Author: John Bishop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/1999

This book deals with all the aspects of transgenic mammals, describing in general terms how they are made, the advantages and disadvantages of different methods and the applications and uses of transgenic mammals. The book is about concepts, not practice and contains no protocol or instructions.

The Ultimate Mystery

The Ultimate Mystery

Author: John Bishop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1998

The ultimate mystery

Joyce's Book of the Dark Finnegans Wake

Joyce's Book of the Dark Finnegans Wake

Author: John Bishop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/1993

Finnegan's Wake is perhaps the most difficult and wilfully obscure piece in all of modern literature, a book written in polyglottal puns that continues to baffle not only lay readers but, in large part, Joyceans as well. Here in 12 chapters, John Bishop aims to unravel Joyce's obscurities and aims to reveal the Wake more clearly than anyone has done before. The greatest obstacle to the comprehension of Finnegan's Wake , says Bishop, is the failure to believe that Joyce really meant what he said when he spoke of the book as being a reconstruction of the nocturnal life. As a consequence, readers have scrutinized the text with an unyielding literalism bent on finding a kind of meaning in every way antithetical to the kind of meaning embodied in dreams. Had Joyce made the Wake less obscure, says Bishop, he would have annihilated everything about the book that is most essential, most engaging, funny, and most profound. In taking seriously Joyce's stated intention of writing a book about the night, Bishop shows how the determination to represent nocturnal experience accounts for the form, shape, direction, and language of Finnegan's Wake . Although Bishop is not the first to appreciate the problems Joyce faced in his reconstruction of the night, no one has demonstrated more clearly and persuasively how Joyce's creative imagination solved those problems, nor made a more convincing case for the profound significance of Joyce's effort. Bishop relates the Wake to Freud, to Vico, and to the Egyptian Book of the Dead, shedding light throughout on such fundamental and complex subjects as dream theory and interpretation; thanatology; optics and phonetics; infancy, embryology, and gender; and sexuality and power.

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy Natural Agency: An Essay on the Causal Theory of Action

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy Natural Agency: An Essay on the Causal Theory of Action

Author: John Bishop Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/01/1990

From a moral point of view we think of ourselves as capable of responsible actions. From a scientific point of view we think of ourselves as animals whose behaviour, however highly evolved, conforms to natural scientific laws. Natural Agency argues that these different perspectives can be reconciled, despite the scepticism of many philosophers who have argued that 'free will' is impossible under 'scientific determinism'. This scepticism is best overcome, according to the author, by defending a causal theory of action, that is by establishing that actions are constituted by behavourial events with the appropriate kind of mental causal history. He sets out a rich and subtle argument for such a theory and defends it against its critics. Thus the book demonstrates the importance of philosophical work in action theory for the central metaphysical task of understanding our place in nature.

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