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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

Shoot - Celebrating the Best of the Premier League Years

Shoot - Celebrating the Best of the Premier League Years

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2020

From Gazza and Cantona to Fergie and Wenger, the early years of the Premier League showcased some of English football's greatest personalities. Shoot: Celebrating the Best of the Premier League Years brings back fond memories of that beloved era - the days of seriously oversized shirts, extravagant goal celebrations, continental entertainers and managerial mind games. This captivating compilation lifts the best articles and funniest features from the 1990s and early 2000s, as Shoot followed English football's transformation into the global powerhouse we know today. An unashamed wallow in football nostalgia, it features all the favourites you'd expect, including the Roy of the Rovers comic strip, the irreverent Over The Top, the always-controversial Greavsie column and more.

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 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.

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish

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

With number one songs all over the world, a Bond theme, an armful of Grammys and over 70 million Instagram followers to her name, Billie Eilish is a global star. She has collaborated with Justin Bieber and Khalid, headlined Glastonbury and Coachella, and appeared in Calvin Klein ad campaigns. In her short career she has become an icon for Generation Z. Her postponed world tour is already sold out, spanning North and South America and Europe. 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 tracks resulting in the Don't Smile at Me EP which broke the top twenty in over a dozen countries. She followed up with a record-smashing full length album, When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?, featuring the now-iconic 'Bad Guy'. Her legions of 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 in massive arenas around the globe, winning Grammys and launching her own fashion line. 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

Seven men. Seven years. 31 million Twitter followers. 11 billion YouTube views. 13 billion Spotify streams. Sold out world tours. BTS are a global phenomenon - this is their story. This fully revised and updated edition of the bestselling biography covers their journey from debut to Map of the Soul: 7, and looks at how this group of guys from South Korea have taken over the world. RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook can sing, dance and rap, and write and produce their own music too. From humble beginnings at a small agency to topping charts all over the world, their story is truly incredible, and testament to the amazing talent and hard work of each of the members. Their dedicated fanbase, ARMY, have supported them through thick and thin, celebrating triumphs alongside their idols and pushing them to ever-greater heights. 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 modest debut 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, The Pythons Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2019

A fascinating insight from the official Python archives! 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.

YouTube World Records

YouTube World Records

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

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: 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

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.

Opta World Football Infographics

Opta World Football Infographics

Author: Adrian Besley, Opta Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/08/2016

Infographics are the fresh, interesting new way of displaying information facts and statistics on any subject. Opta World Football Infographics is the first book extensively to explore the rich history, statistics and culture of football through this innovative new medium. With data extensively sourced from the world's leading football data provider, Opta World Football Infographics reveals the answers to the questions that have long puzzled fans, such as 'Who is the best footballer ever?' with candidates including Pele, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, or which major football league provides the best value for money, or into which part of the goal is the best place to put a penalty to score (or be saved) in the World Cup. This book covers football from stadiums to superstars, titles to tournaments, across the world. In fact Opta World Football Infographics, with its painstakingly researched and creatively designed pages, takes our passion and fascination for the beautiful game to a whole new level.

Grandma You're the Best!

Grandma You're the Best!

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2016

Grandma - You're the Best! is a glorious collection of more than 300 quotes celebrating grandmothers and grannies everywhere. Grandmas have deservedly attracted thousands of amazing quotes, thoughts and observations and this unique anthology features contributions from the deeply philosophical to the wonderfully humorous, and is the perfect present to say thank you for all your grandma's love, kindness and compassion. With witty and wonderful quotes from the stars of stage, screen and literature, the worlds of music, comedy and politics, Grandma - You're the Best! makes for a delightful book and gift.

Best Mum in the World

Best Mum in the World

Author: Adrian Besley Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2016

The Best Mum in the World is a glorious collection of more than 300 quotes celebrating mothers and motherhood. Mums have deservedly attracted thousands of amazing quotes, thoughts and observations and this unique anthology features contributions from the deeply philosophical to the wonderfully humorous, and is the perfect present to say thank you for all their hard work on your behalf. With witty and wonderful quotes from the stars of stage, screen and literature, the worlds of music, comedy and politics, The Best Mum in the World makes for a delightful book and gift. 'A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.' Emily Dickinson. 'All I am I owe to my mother.' George Washington. 'Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not.' James Joyce. 'God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.' Ruyard Kipling.

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