Titles to make you laugh out loud. Or just smile. Or both.
Not wishing to lead by example, Tim Dowling, does however have over 20 years of husbandly experience to offer those who would like to ask; Tim, how can I be a good husband? Guardian readers and ardent followers of Tim Dowling’s column will have some inkling of what to expect, others can start here for an answer to marital accord/discord written with some (light) black humour, wit and warmth. Like for Like Reading How to be a Husband, Bodleian Library Dont's for Husbands, Blanche Ebbutt
To be Scottish is to have a lot to live down, and as Allan Brown shows, this lot do the job superbly. Whether it be Robert Burns, indecipherable bard of rustic gibberish or Sean Connery, die-hard advocate of a country he refuses to live in. Or, Alex Salmond, the chortling bullfrog of separatism or Tommy Sheridan, the sexy socialist hardliner. They're all here, and many others; a veritable embassy of bad ambassadors. 50 People Who Screwed Up Scotland is a humorous and chronologically-sequential series of essays, histories and anecdotes that consider those episodes and occurrences in Scotland's political, cultural and social story where, against all odds, defeat was plucked from the jaws of victory.
Based on the beloved Radio 4 series, Bleak Expectations recounts the remarkable adventures of young Pip Bin as he tries to make his way in a world made all horrible by the machinations of his cruel guardian, Mr Gently Benevolent. Grim circumstances, mistaken identities, nightmarish court-cases, ridiculous names, convenient coincidences to resolve plot problems, over-sentimental death scenes and lots and lots of adjectives: Bleak Expectations is a novel like Charles Dickens might have written after far too much gin.
Hugh Dennis has secretly been worrying about what being British meant for nearly a decade, ever since his friend Ardal O'Hanlon had told him in passing that he was the most British person he had ever met. Hugh was unclear whether he was being praised, teased, vaguely insulted or possibly all three - because it has always been very difficult to know how to feel about being British. And then the London Olympics came along. We gave the world a gleaming new vision of Britain; a smiling Britain of achievement, a Britain responsible for leading the world into the modern era through the Agrarian and Industrial revolutions, a nation proud to embrace multi-culturalism, individuality, and eccentricity. A country where a major politician can dangle helplessly from a zip wire like a discarded straw dolly and gain in popularity, and whose Queen can send herself up and then descend by parachute. The unexpected legacy of the Games has been a Britain with a new found self-confidence in which we all know how to be British. A Britain which should be embarrassed by nothing and proud of everything, from sheep to chimneys to the Spice Girls to industrial action and what had always previously been described as our ailing transport network . A Britain which having been pinned firmly in its own half, has dribbled the length of the field, nutmegged the defenders, unleashed a curling dipping shot into the top right hand corner, scored a wonder goal and is now kissing the badge. This is Hugh Dennis' exploration of the changing image of Britain and Britishness.
This is the thirteenth novel in Paul Howard’s satirical Ross O’Carroll-Kelly series which began in an Irish newspaper column in 1998 and have since sold half a million copies. With a series based so much on immediate satire it’s difficult to know whether those new to the series should start way back at the beginning with The Miseducation Years and work their way through Ireland’s boom and bust or enjoy the wicked humour and present setting. For those who love Ross (or more accurately love to hate him) this is Howard back on form and the steady redemption.
In the realm of amusing, deadpan greetings cards, Cath Tate is the original and best. In her thirty-year career she has created thousands of witty, original and often subversive cards, featuring grim-faced old ladies, ludicrously dressed 1920s gentlemen and bizarre-looking children, paired with text that perfectly captures her highly individual and devastatingly funny view on the world. This hilarious book - a perfect gift for the man in your life, or perhaps an unsuspecting bride-to-be - brings together the best of Cath's work on men. Packed with mirth-making images of men in all their ridiculous glory and insights into the mysterious way their minds work, this is a perfect reflection of modern-day manhood.
Amazing that Jennifer Saunders has managed to cram her life into just one volume – there is material enough for a trilogy at least. And it’s not all Bolly and Baftas, there’s that certificate for 3rd prize at the discus for starters – one of her first intimations of fame. And from the launch night of Channel 4 when the Comic Strip burst upon the nation, there’s been no looking back from appearing as submissive Anne in the Famous Five to over-the-top Edina in Ab Fab she’s a great comedy talent. Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards RTE Listeners' Choice Award 2013. Like for Like Reading Dear Fatty, Dawn French Can’t Stand Up for Sitting Down, Jo Brand
All aboard! When David Rosenfelt and his family embarked on a roadtrip across the USA to their new home in Maine, he thought he had prepared for every eventuality. They had mapped out the route, brought three just-in-case SatNavs and had enough snacks to feed an army. There was just one tiny complication - they were travelling with twenty-five rescue dogs: a sure-fire recipe for chaos. But having devoted their lives to rehoming thousands of unwanted and unloved dogs, there was no way they could leave them behind. With nine volunteers, three motorhomes and several contingency plans, David and his very large, very hairy family set off on a journey that will test his patience and his sense of humour to the limits.
Willem loves his children but finds them exhausting. Then, one day, he challenges them to find games that require him to lie on the sofa. They have the best day ever! This witty new book features an eclectic range of activities for kids and their dads - and all without the adult's boredom and exhaustion that often accompanies 'child's play'. Written from a personal perspective, Willem gives every activity a suggested age range and provides tips and golden rules along the way. The book includes games for at home, in the car, at the park, in the pool, at the forest - pretty much anywhere where parents and children spend time together. All games are fun for both and relaxing for dads, and none of them require money or preparation. After a long day at work, your children can either finish you off or get you to recover - depending on how you play it.
As you can tell, I'm a good-looking guy and quite a hit with the ladies...some proper bang tidy lasses too. I've been honing my game for a few years and now, at last, I reveal all. In my book, I reveal the 69 rules of being a succ-sex. Clever, right? So why not slip into something a little more comfortable, take my hand and I'll guide you through the rules of attraction, chat-up lines, first dates and relationships Lemon-style. With rules for men and women, no one should be without it. Especially not the flarey-nostrelled bird from CELEBRITY JUICE. She needs all the help she can get. Lemonise your life. It's as simple as that...shaaaa-ting!
In aid of Amnesty International, a celebration of the very best comedy moments from over 30 years of the Secret Policeman’s Ball. 464 pages of comedy gold from the Dead Parrot Sketch to E. L Wisty and Eddie Izzard and beyond. Like for Like ReadingBeyond a Joke: Inside the Dark Minds of Stand-Up Comedians, Bruce DessauTragically I Was an Only Twin: The Complete Peter Cook, Peter Cook
“We’re going on a bar hunt. We’re going to find a cool one. The babysitter’s booked – We’re not old!” So chant the optimistic parents at the beginning of the book. But the bar hunt doesn’t quite go to plan and the book ends with heavy heads, lost keys and children bouncing around on the sofa at 6am. No more bar-hunts again for these two! A fun parody of the children’s classic title accompanied by Gillian Johnson’s witty illustrations. Like for Like ReadingThe Oxford Book of Parodies, John GrossThe Lost Diaries, Craig Brown
Edward Estlin Cummings knew a thing or two (take a look at our Poetry Section if you don’t believe us!) and we have to agree with him. Humour is at the heart of human life and you’ll find it in fine form in this section. From favourite TV shows to quirky memoirs; hilarious novels to witty verse; books to dip into, books to devour. We know that humour is subjective and so we’ve spread the net pretty wide as we trawled the comedy oceans for the funniest fish. Un’shellfish’ly, we’ve compiled monthly lists of eclectic recommendations so that you can easily find whatever tickles your fins. There are books here to give as gifts, to savour on your own, or to enjoy with others. Books of laugh out-loud jokes and anecdotes to make you smile on the train, plane, bus or any other public place. After all, laughter is infectious. Spread it around.