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Adrian Besley - Author

About the Author

Adrian Besley is a celebrated writer and journalist. He is the author of a number books, including The Dangerous Book for Idiots, How to Fart at School, You Don't Know... Jack Schitt and the bestselling The Retrosexual Manual: How to be a Real Man.

Featured books by Adrian Besley

The Most Awesome Youtube Videos Ever! 150 of the Coolest, Craziest and Funniest Internet Clips

The Most Awesome Youtube Videos Ever! 150 of the Coolest, Craziest and Funniest Internet Clips

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2015

YouTube is the world's number one video-sharing website and hosts over 150 million clips, many with the power to make us laugh, gasp and even shed a tear. The Most Awesome YouTube Videos Ever! is an expertly curated collection of the website's greatest clips and a celebration of the continuing creativity of YouTube posters. Exploring 150 clips and with each entry carrying a QR code, the reader is instantly able to watch the site's most amazing clips. From the world famous and global viral hits to highly creative and the not so well known, this is the perfect gift for YouTube fanatics or those new to the site.

Dangerous Pack for Idiots

Dangerous Pack for Idiots

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/08/2015

It also features advice on by taking the kind of risks that even a fool might avoid. And offers a Certificate of Achievement for anyone who has demonstrated their idiocy beyond all doubt.

Other books by Adrian Besley

YouTube World Records

YouTube World Records

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2020

YouTube is the world's most-visited video sharing site, where 1bn hours of content are viewed every day. It contains a host of amazing clips, many documenting incredible feats of human endeavour and endurance. YouTube World Records is the first, glorious interactive celebration of these heroic and often jaw-dropping efforts. Super-powered with on-the-page links to over 250 amazing videos, YouTube World Records showcases the greatest feats ever recorded on the file-sharing website. From the tallest and smallest to the greatest and maddest, YouTube World Records has it covered. This unique collection contains a host of amazing feats, stunts and tricks - including pancake tossing and fiery-hot pepper eating, mega-quick drumming and unbelievable basketball slam-dunks. This is the ultimate celebration of the world's greatest records.

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

With a number one album in multiple countries and over 54 million Instagram followers, Billie Eilish is a global star. She has collaborated with Justin Bieber and Khalid, headlined at Glastonbury and Coachella, and has appeared in Calvin Klein ad campaigns. In a short career she has become an icon to Generation Z. Known and admired for her forthright views on subjects ranging from body image to veganism, this book documents her incredible rise to fame, from releasing free tracks on SoundCloud to selling out concert arenas. Billie grew up in a close-knit family in Highland Park, LA. Home-schooled and encouraged to express herself, she was a promising dancer until musical success came literally overnight in 2015. 'Ocean Eyes', a song uploaded to SoundCloud for her dance tutor, received a thousand plays in twenty-four hours. The thirteen-year-old's ethereal singing voice was intoxicating and the track went viral. But she was no one-hit wonder; over the next year, Billie and her brother Finneas produced a series of eclectic but equally bewitching tracks, resulting in the Don't Smile at Me EP which broke the top twenty in over a dozen countries. Her new fans discovered an artist who, undaunted and even emboldened by her youth, had something to say about independence, veganism, mental health, body image, love and the maelstrom of teenage life. This book follows her journey from singing in her bedroom to performing at massive arenas around the globe. It reveals the story behind the hits and explores what makes Billie Eilish the most extraordinary teenage star in the world.

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/06/2020

With a number one album in multiple countries and over 53 million Instagram followers, Billie Eilish is a global star. She has collaborated with Justin Bieber and Khalid, headlined at Glastonbury and Coachella, and has appeared in Calvin Klein ad campaigns. In a short career she has become an icon to Generation Z. In 2020, she will embark on an already sold out tour spanning North and South America and Europe, which will raise her profile even further. Billie grew up in a close-knit family - her brother Finneas still writes and produces her songs - in Highland Park, a suburb of LA. Home-schooled and encouraged to express herself, she was a promising dancer until musical success came literally overnight in 2015. 'Ocean Eyes', a song uploaded to SoundCloud for her dance tutor, received a thousand plays in twenty-four hours. The thirteen-year-old's ethereal singing voice was intoxicating and the track went viral. But she was no one-hit wonder; over the next year, Billie and Finneas produced a series of eclectic but equally bewitching tracks, such as 'Bellyache', 'Idontwannabeyouanymore' and 'My Boy', resulting in the Don't Smile at Me EP which broke the top twenty in over a dozen countries. Her new fans discovered an artist who, undaunted and even emboldened by her youth, had something to say about independence, veganism, mental health, body image, love and the maelstrom of teenage life. This book follows her journey from singing in her bedroom to performing at massive arenas around the globe. It reveals the story behind the hits and explores what makes Billie Eilish the most extraordinary teenage star in the world.

BTS

BTS

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2020

BTS are a global phenomenon. This fully revised and updated biography covers their journey from their debut to their latest album, Map of the Soul: 7 (released 21 February 2020), and looks at how this group of boys from South Korea have taken over the world. These seven incredibly talented, handsome men can dance, sing and rap, and write their own songs too. Their music has earned them an incredibly dedicated fanbase, called ARMY, who sell out stadium tours and break all kinds of records, from streaming to physical album sales. With a string of #1 singles and albums in charts all over the world, BTS have truly broken down the barriers facing K-pop and achieved huge success in the US, the UK, all across Europe and South America, as well as Asia. - 'Map of the Soul: 7' went to #1 on the UK Album Chart and the US Billboard 200 - their second UK #1 album and fourth US #1 album. In 2019 they became the first band since The Beatles to have three #1 albums in the US within one year. - The latest music video 'ON' broke the record for the biggest YouTube premiere of all time. -'Boy With Luv' broke YouTube streaming records, hitting 74.6 million views in 24 hours and becoming the fastest music video to reach 100 million views, shattering the record previously held by Ariana Grande. -They have over 24 million followers on Twitter. -They have appeared on the cover of TIME, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Paper and Entertainment Weekly. -They have spoken at the UN as part of their UNICEF campaign to end violence against children and young people. -They sold out two nights at London's Wembley Stadium in June 2019, putting them in the company of Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Beyonce. Extensively researched, and written in an upbeat and accessible style, this book interweaves the backstories of each of the members with the narrative of the band as a whole, their humble beginnings and their astonishing rise to fame in their home country and beyond. It also includes 16 pages of full colour photographs of the band performing, posing and having fun.

Blackpink

Blackpink

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2019

A comprehensive guide to the K-pop girl group who are taking the music world by storm. The sassiest, most stylish girls around - BLACKPINK! 'Blackpink in Your Area!' The K-pop girl group are taking their catchphrase literally; they have just finished a sell-out stadium world tour. Jisoo, Jennie, Rose and Lisa, all beautiful and supremely talented women in their early 20s, are the hottest thing in pop right now - and they only have a dozen songs! If Blackpink were ever a secret, the secret was out by April 2019, when they headlined Coachella, and their fandom - known as Blinks - suddenly included Ariana Grande and Harry Styles. They are the first female K-pop group to have had four #1 singles on Billboard's World Digital chart, and their single 'Ddu-Du Ddu-Du' became the most viewed music video by a K-pop group on YouTube - take that, BTS! This book is the perfect unofficial guide to Blackpink. It relates their days as trainees, their debut, their hits and success in the US, examines the personalities of each of the members and details their choreography, fashion and style triumphs and reveals why they are 'the only gang to run the game in high heels'.

Harry Kane: The Ultimate Fan Book

Harry Kane: The Ultimate Fan Book

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Harry Kane: The Ultimate Fan Book takes you into the England superstar's world like no other book. Feared and respected as a goalscorer across England and Europe, Harry has been a prolific marksman where ever he has played. Born in London on 28 July 1993, he made his debut, for Tottenham on 25 August 2011, aged 18. He captained England to their first FIFA World Cup semi-final for 28 years in Russia and went onto winning the FIFA World CUp 2018 Golden Boot as top scorer with six goals. Written in a lively style and filled with fun features, fantastic photographs and enlightening quotes, Harry Kane: The Ultimate Fan Book celebrates his greatest moments and most famous goals, including the goals which have made him one of the world's most watchable superstars.

Monty Python's Flying Circus: 50 Years of Hidden Treasures

Monty Python's Flying Circus: 50 Years of Hidden Treasures

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

This book delves into the official archives and recounts the history of the men who changed the face of comedy. The story is told through photographs, text, props and memorabilia, including hand-scribbled scripts, never-before-published cue sheets, artwork, unused presentation material, and more, offering the reader a unique peek into the world of these comic geniuses. The 'Dead Parrot' sketch. 'The Lumberjack Song'. 'Argument Clinic'. 'Spam'. Monty Python's Flying Circus was packed with famous skits and classic one-liners, many of which are still globally recognized, from the Hollywood Bowl to the University of Woolloomooloo. Their irreverent humour is the yardstick by which others are judged and the adjective 'Pythonesque' has been part of the English language for years. And 50 years after first broadcast, Monty Python's Flying Circus is still attracting and amusing audiences around the world. Contains a Foreword by the Pythons - including Graham Chapman from beyond the grave - and God.

50 Years of Shoot!

50 Years of Shoot!

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2019

50 Years of Shoot! brings back fond memories of a time when sideburns and haircuts were long, shorts were short and England's World Cup victory was a recent event. They'll recall when a footballer's favourite meal was steak and chips, he drove a Ford Capri and his biggest dislike was ignorant people. Ah, it was a different world back then! For younger readers, this will be a history lesson, proof positive that their father's heroes really did exist - and they were quite good too. The book comprises a selection of page lifts from back issues of the magazine, featuring everybody's favourite weekly features, such as 'You Are the Ref!', 'Football Funnies', 'Shoot Us A Line' and 'Ask The Expert', etc., and stories and action photographs from the key issues of the day.

YouTube World Records

YouTube World Records

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2019

YouTube is the world's most-visited video sharing site, with more than one billion hours of content watched daily by almost 2 billion users. It contains a host of amazing clips, many documenting incredible feats of human endeavour and endurance. This new edition of YouTube World Records is a glorious interactive celebration of these heroic and often jaw-dropping efforts. Super-powered with on-the-page links to over 250 amazing videos, YouTube World Records celebrates the greatest feats ever recorded on the file-sharing website. From the tallest and smallest to the greatest and maddest, YouTube World Records has it covered. This unique collection contains a host of amazing feats, stunts and tricks, from the worlds of sport, science, nature and beyond, and is the ultimate celebration of the world's greatest records.

EXO

EXO

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2019

A K-pop band like no other, EXO have been dominating charts and stealing hearts since they debuted in 2012. For the first time, this unofficial biography will tell their extraordinary story. Extensively researched, this book weaves in the backstories of each of the nine individual members with the story of the band as a whole, as well as detailing the support from their incredible fanbase, EXO-L. As any EXO-L knows, EXO come from an alien planet and possess superpowers - not hard to believe when you see how talented they are! They record their songs in Korean, Mandarin and Japanese, they have millions of fans all over the world, their music videos clock up hundreds of millions of views, and a captivated global audience watched this Korean-Chinese band close the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. No wonder Dazed magazine called them the `biggest Korean boyband in the world'. Featuring biographies of each of the nine current members - Suho, Xiumin, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai and Sehun - as well as previous members Luhan, Kris and Tao, and taking an in-depth look at what makes them stand out from the K-pop crowd, this accessible and upbeat book is a must for all fans of one of the biggest bands on the planet.

Mohamed Salah: The Ultimate Fan Book

Mohamed Salah: The Ultimate Fan Book

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Mohamed Salah: The Ultimate Fan Book takes you into the Egyptian football superstar's world like no other book. Learn about his amazing journey from growing up in a suburb of Cairo, to Basel, Chelsea, Fiorentina, AS Roma and Liverpool, where he has become a superstar of the Premier League. Written in a lively style and filled with fun features, thrilling action photographs and enlightening quotes, Mohamed Salah: The Ultimate Fan Book celebrates his greatest moments and most famous goals, including the goals which have made him one of the world's most watchable superstars.

BTS

BTS

Author: Adrian Besley Format: eBook Release Date: 02/08/2018

BTS is the breakthrough K-pop band. For the first time, this unofficial biography tells the story of the Korean boy band with a global army of fans, who have propelled their heroes to the top of the charts all over the world. Seven good-looking boys - RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook - who can dance as well as they can rap and sing, are tearing up the global music charts. Nothing new? Think again. BTS, who rose to fame in their native South Korea in 2013 and who sing almost entirely in Korean, are now a sensation in the US, the UK and the rest of the world. K-pop is a growing phenomenon in the West, and over the last few years, it has steadily gathered a huge global following. With their talent, dedication, good looks, fabulous choreography, and catchy blend of pop, hip hop and RnB, BTS are leading the advance. - BTS's latest album 'Love Yourself: Tear' went straight to #1 in the US charts - the first ever Korean album to achieve this- They were recently profiled in US Vogue - the first K-pop band to be granted such an honour- The music video for their recent single 'Fake Love' got 36 million views on YouTube within 24 hours of release, and hit 100 million views in 8 days- The music video for 'MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)' has had over 262 million views on YouTube since December 2017- They won the 2018 Billboard Music Award for 'Top Social Artist' for the second year in a row- Listed by Forbes as the most retweeted artist on Twitter in March 2016 - and their fanbase has ballooned since then- Named in Time magazine's 'Top 25 Most Influential People on the Internet 2017' list- The boys recently announced a World Tour for 2018, which sold out in minutesExtensively researched, and written in an upbeat and accessible style, this book interweaves the success stories of each of the boys with how the band got together, while documenting their amazing rise to fame in Southeast Asia, and then the world. It includes 16 pages of full colour photographs of the band playing live, posing and having fun.

BTS

BTS

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2018

BTS is the breakthrough K-pop band. For the first time, this unofficial biography tells the story of the Korean boy band with a global army of fans, who have propelled their heroes to the top of the charts all over the world. Seven good-looking boys - RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook - who can dance as well as they can rap and sing, are tearing up the global music charts. Nothing new? Think again. BTS, who rose to fame in their native South Korea in 2013 and who sing almost entirely in Korean, are now a sensation in the US, the UK and the rest of the world. K-pop is a growing phenomenon in the West, and over the last few years, it has steadily gathered a huge global following. With their talent, dedication, good looks, fabulous choreography, and catchy blend of pop, hip hop and RnB, BTS are leading the advance. - BTS's latest album 'Love Yourself: Answer' went straight to #1 in the US charts, following the success of their previous album, 'Love Yourself: Tear', which was the first ever Korean album to achieve this - Over 17 million followers on Twitter - They have been profiled in US Vogue - the first K-pop band to be granted such an honour - The music video for IDOL broke YouTube streaming records, being viewed 46 million times in the first 24 hours; the view count is now in the hundreds of millions - They won the 2018 Billboard Music Award for 'Top Social Artist' for the second year in a row - Listed by Forbes as the most retweeted artist on Twitter in March 2016 - and their fanbase has ballooned since then - Named in Time magazine's 'Top 25 Most Influential People on the Internet 2017' list - Their 2018-2019 world tour sold out within minutes of tickets going on sale Extensively researched, and written in an upbeat and accessible style, this book interweaves the success stories of each of the boys with how the band got together, while documenting their amazing rise to fame in Southeast Asia, and then the world. It includes 16 pages of full colour photographs of the band playing live, posing and having fun. Also available: 9781780556017 BTS: Test Your Super-Fan Status 9781789291339 BTS and Me: Your Unofficial Fill-In Fan Book

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Ultimate Fan Book

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Ultimate Fan Book

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: The Ultimate Fan Book takes you into the Swedish football superstar's world like no other book. Filled with facts and stats, and 100 stunning photographs, you will learn about his childhood, growing up in Sweden, joining his home-town team, FF Malmo, before lighting up the European stage, starring for clubs in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France and England. Discover how he honed his incredible technique, his instinctive eye for goal, ability to sniff out a chance and became a global superstar. He is also a superstar in internatonal football and set a Swedish national record of 62 goals in 116 appearances before retiring in 2016. Written in a lively, buzzing style and filled with fun features, fantastic photographs and enlightening quotes, Zlatan Ibrahimovic: The Ultimate Fan Book celebrates the Swedish maestro's early life and his career on and off the pitch. All in all this is a highly entertaining insight into a football legend.

Monty Python's Flying Circus: Hidden Treasures

Monty Python's Flying Circus: Hidden Treasures

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/03/2017

Carlton Books presents Monty Python's Flying Circus: Hidden Treasures, the complete history of Monty Python, with bits in. Never before has the story of the Pythons been so brilliantly told, in words, rare and unseen photographs and fascinating examples of removable and on-the-page facsimile memorabilia. The 'Dead Parrot' sketch. 'The Lumberjack Song'. 'Argument Clinic'. 'Spam'. Monty Python's Flying Circus was packed with famous skits and classic one-liners, many of which are still globally recognized from the Hollywood Bowl to the University of Woolloomooloo. Their irreverent humour is the yardstick by which others are judged and the adjective 'Pythonesque' has been part of the English language for years. This book delves into the official Monty Python archives for the first time and tells the Monty Python story through photographs, text and props in the shape of removable facsimile memorabilia, including hand-scribbled scripts, never-before-published cue sheets, postcards, programmes and more.

Gypsy Jem Mace

Gypsy Jem Mace

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2016

A few miles from New Orleans, at LaSalle's Landing - in what is now the city of Kenner - stands a life-size bronze statue of two men in combat. One of them is the legendary Gypsy Jem Mace, the first Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World and the last of the great bare-knuckle fighters. This is the story of Jem Mace's life. Born in Norfolk in 1931, between his first recorded fight, in October 1855, and his last - at the age of nearly 60 - he became the greatest fighter the world has ever known. But Gypsy Jem Mace was far more than a champion boxer: he played the fiddle in street processions in war-wrecked New Orleans; was friends with Wyatt Earp - survivor of the gunfight at the OK Corral (who refereed one of his fights), the author Charles Dickens; controversial actress Adah Mencken (he and Dickens were rivals for her affection); and the great and the good of New York and London high society; he fathered numerous children (the author is his great-great-grandson), and had countless lovers, resulting in many marriages and divorces.Gypsy Jem Mace is not simply a book about boxing, but more a narrative quest to uncover the life of a famous but forgotten ancestor, who died in poverty in 1910. This is a story that deserves to be told, one that will resonate with anyone, young or old, man or woman, who has ever sought to do something special before the light of life starts to dim.

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