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Titles to make you laugh out loud. Or just smile. Or both.
From her Sunday Times column Francesca Hornak has taken 100 columns highlighting iconic objects that any middle-class person would see as essential such as a Farrow and Ball sample pots to a Smeg fridge. There are some oddities along the way – ukuleles and dreamcatchers for two and if you read it from beginning to end it becomes a rather sad story of anxious folk on the wrong side of the work/life balance struggling to buy all their “stuff”. But - if you note the subtitle then we're all in on Francesca Hornak's joke, a very funny dig at modern life. ~ Sue Baker Like for Like Reading Word on the Street: Ridiculous Things We've Overheard in London , Time Out Editors Middle Class Problems: Problems but not Actual Problems, Just Middle Class Ones , Benjamin Lee
Who invented the sandwich? What was the best thing before sliced bread? Who first ate frogs' legs?
Some invaluable advice on managing a (large) family with Mrs Brown soliciting additional advice from the children, the neighbours and anyone else who happened to be passing at the time. The book is the absolutely ideal family gift – the one book serves as a gift for the whole family with no need to go shelling out on a DVD for every last one of them idle f*****s. Like for Like Reading The Real Mrs Brown: The Authorised Biography of Brendan O’Carroll, Brian Beacom Me and Mine, Anna May Mangan
As I Was Saying...is the seventh book in Jeremy Clarkson's best-selling The World According to Clarkson series. Crikey, the world according to Clarkson's been a funny old place of late...For a while, Jeremy could be found in his normal position as the tallest man on British television but, more recently, he appears to have been usurped by a pretend elephant. But on paper the real Jeremy remains at the helm. That's as it should be. For nearly thirty years he has been fearlessly leading the charge as one the best comic writers in the country. And in 2015, he shows no sign of slowing down. So, whether it's pondering; If Jesus might have been better off being born in New Zealand; Why reflexive pronoun abuse is the worst thing in the world; How Pam Ayres's head trumps Gordon Gecko's underpants; Or what a television presenter with time on his hands gets up to; and, Jeremy is still trying to make sense of all the big stuff.
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.
Evidence of the Queen's strong sense of humour in Thomas Blaikie's collection of anecdotes revealing her amused reaction to some of the clangers she's been subject to. Taken from commentaries, histories and auto/biographies it's a portrait of the Queen from her childhood showing a sharp, funny and very knowleagable woman. ~ Sue Baker Like for Like Reading Not in Front of the Corgis: Secrets of Life behind the Royal Curtains, Brian Hoey At Home with the Queen: Life Through the Keyhole of the Royal Household, Brian Hoey
Perennial bestseller and a Christmas gift guaranteed to make dad and grandad chortle, this is a brand-new collection of 150 Giles cartoons. A witty and clever examination of the vagaries and quirks of all aspects of British life, it confirms Giles' reputation as the 20th century's greatest cartoonist. This superb collection demonstrates that his perceptive take on life is as relevant today as when the cartoons were first published. In this collection, Giles invites his fans to join him in his caravan on a riotous journey around England, Scotland and Wales. Taken from the Express and -- Express archives, 150 cartoons provide a tour of the quirks and joys of regional life. The artworks cover everyday scenes from Britain's recent past, with a tongue-in-cheek approach to politics, the media and popular culture. Brilliantly witty and full of irreverent fun, this compilation is the ideal addition to your Giles collection.
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.
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.
Those DIY jobs really can wait until the weather gets better; the garden is a fine place to spend a summer Sunday afternoon; footballers are paid too much and there's no point watching that rubbish until they start winning again; does it sound familiar? Let's face it: you are turning into your Dad! You can fight it only in the same way that King Canute confronted the tide or Don Quixote tilted at windmills, bravely but in futility. This book assists you to make the transition from wide-eyed dreamer to wise old counsel. Illustrated with 50 wryly-observed cartoons and broken down into ten chapters, the carpet slippers brigade will find that Help I'm Turning Into My Dad! is required reading. After all, who told you about the book in the first place? Your old dad, of course!
Have you ever noticed how that the woman across the road has a hairstyle almost identical to that of her mother? Maybe the idea of dandelion and burdock tea - repulsive to your taste buds at tea-time in your youth - is actually quite palatable. Does the old family ritual of ironing all clothes, including underwear, somehow seem quite reasonable today? Was that phrase you could have an eye out with that now readily come from your lips, too? Illustrated with 50 wickedly apt cartoons and broken down into ten chapters, women on the verge of a mid-life crisis will find Help! I'm Turning Into My Mum! to be a welcome comic relief. After all, who told you about the book in the first place? Your mother, of course!
Featured in this book are such established English cultural behemoths as the Beatles, Big Ben and the Last Night of the Proms alongside less celebrated quirks such as meat pies and the working man's haven, the allotment. Here we celebrate the bell-ringers and Morris dancers, bowler hats ('the symbol of respectable Englishness') and cardigans ('symbol of staid middle-class solidarity'). We examine the brutality of Punch and Judy and our historic love of fairies, once so much a part of the English psyche that they were described as 'the British religion'.
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.