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Titles to make you laugh out loud. Or just smile. Or both.
Having mined her own memories and those of her colleagues, Jen Campbell opens her challenge for Weird things Customers say to fellow Booksellers worldwide. As a Bookseller of long standing, weird customer sayings and queries were like beacons in the desert, there was the thrill of the chase, could we really track down that book with a green cover by a woman that died and the wonderment of being asked for nasal sprays and spectacular temper tantrums to be marvelled at when we couldn’t identify a tune being hummed to us. A guilty pleasure then to read Jen Campbell’s collection of tales but guilty because without customers where would Bookshops be and indeed where would all these marvellous, eccentric, forgetful, mad, stupid, vain, silly and essential customers be without bookshops, The Internet won’t be listening, that’s for sure. Like for Like Reading Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, Jen Campbell Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, Anne Fadiman
Since being crowned the Northern Businessman of the Year 1993, Keith Lemon has been going from strength to strength and now is regularly seen sandwiched between two bang tidy lasses on the funniest show on telly, ITV2's CELEBRITY JUICE. In BEING KEITH, Keith Lemon - international ladies man and national treasure - opens up and shares the juiciest parts of his life from the last five years; from selling Securipoles in America and travelling the world to his first encounter with Holly and Fearne and dirty dancing with Paddy - and all the juicy details in between. Packed with photos and illustrations, this is Keith's story of success told in his own unique style. You'll never dream of him in the same way again...Ooooosh!
The phenomenon that is Simon’s Cat (Youtube videos, merchandise etc) is back with a new collection of brilliantly well observed full colour cat cartoons. From Yoga with the new girlfriend to coping with a new kitten (cue lego) Simon’s continuing challenges are hilariously laid out for our entertainment.
A witty compilation of entertaining literary spoofs mocking the great and good of British writing. This alternative history of English literature is a perfect Christmas gift for any book lover.
April 2012 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Having been a bookseller, one of my weirdest moments was being asked for a pound of sausages. We tracked that down to the shop having been a butcher in a previous incarnation but really, looking round is a Bookshop likely to sell sausages? Another time a customer hummed a tune and got into a rage when I couldn’t identify it, pointing out that we were a book and not a music shop, his rage increased and a letter of complaint was duly sent to my Managing Director who dealt with him rather like the unfortunate youth who got caught peeing through our letter box. Something about bookshops seems to attract weirdness and it helps to alleviate a dull day for the long suffering bookseller. Reading through the collection put together by Jen Campbell makes me realise that a lot more weirdness could have come my way, some of it mind boggling bizarre. Think before you speak might be one way of addressing the problem but then half the fun would go out of life, nowt so weird as folk.... Normally in my Like for Like recommendations I list books in print but it just so happens that two of the best on weird books are out of print – never mind - plenty for sale on Amazon and for book lovers there is plenty to enjoy in these walks on the wilder shores of bibliography.Like for Like Reading:Scouts in Bondage & other Books from an Innocent Age, Michael Bell + various hardback 96 pages Aurum 23rd October 2006 9781845131968Bizarre Books, Russell Ash & Brian Lake + various paperback 196 pages Pavilion 17th September 1998 9780965887649
March 2014 Guest Editor Jojo Moyes on How to be a Woman. It's a tricky job, bringing up teenagers. And when my daughter hit 14 I gave her Moran's bestselling book, which addresses many of the issues young women face, but does so with humour and warmth, and without making men the enemy. She read it, had her mind blown, and promptly wrote Caitlin a four page fan letter. I wish all girls would read it. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 4 June 2012. Winner of the Galaxy Book of the Year Award 2011. There's never been a better time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain... Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? And do men secretly hate us? This title answers these questions and more. Upon winning the Galaxy Book of the Year award, Caitlin Moran said: “Obviously Rear Of The Year is the one I’ve always been gunning for, but since I found out it’s judged on “form” rather than “sheer volume”, then Book of the Year is not only a total honour and thrill, but also enables me to chow down on a hogroast over Christmas without worrying about fitting into my jeggings.”
Can we really learn to be happy? Yes, we can. Each semester, nearly 1,400 students sign up for Harvard professor Tal Ben-Shahar's life-changing class, 'How to Get Happy.' Currently, it's the hottest course at Harvard, taken by twenty percent of its graduates. In Happier, Professor Ben-Shahar brings the ideas of the Ivory Tower to Main Street, distilling the lessons and exercises from his course into a slim volume of practical wisdom. Grounded in the Positive Psychology movement, based on years of researching the works of scientists, academics, and philosophers, Happier emphasizes the importance of pursuing a life of both pleasure and meaning.
Were you a Bunny Suicides fan, the humour title of last Christmas? Well, this is the same fellow being equally cruel for small kids – all very un-PC, quite dark and irreverent. Did you know that slugs were just snails who’d been mugged by other snails? That batteries get their power from tiny pedalling mice? Or that orange-hatted witches always forgot to read the road signs? Of course you did … and with the accompanying drawings, this little cartoon book is quite delicious.
This is so much more than a 'loo book' and, through the hundreds of fantastically funny and poignant quotes, celebrates and reevaluates fatherhood. But before dads get too big-headed there are also some witty and waspish comments from the people who have to live with them. Hours and hours of laughs -- and a must have for every home.
An all-new collection of Christmas curiosities full of cartoons and features. The Simpsons re-launched on Channel 4 is going to be huge so don't 'have a cow' and enjoy the alternate reality of Bart et al.
Based on hundreds of interviews with comedians and people directly involved, it charts the history of ‘The Golden Age of British Comedy’ – from Vic Reeves in the ‘90s to the Office.
A volume of scripts based on Wood's television series. "Mens Sana in Thingummy Doodah" evokes the tribulations of a health farm. Episodes involve camping on the moors and being shown off as a freak celebrity by a society hostess. The author's previous books include "Up To You Porky".
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.