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Humorous and Funny Books

Titles to make you laugh out loud. Or just smile. Or both.

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.

Help! I'm Turning into My Dad

Help! I'm Turning into My Dad

Author: Chas Newkey-Burden Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2015

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!

Help! I'm Turning into My Mum

Help! I'm Turning into My Mum

Author: Gina McKinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2015

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!

How to be English

How to be English

Author: David Boyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/07/2015

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'.

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Too Much Information Or: Can Everyone Just Shut Up for a Moment, Some of Us are Trying to Think

Too Much Information Or: Can Everyone Just Shut Up for a Moment, Some of Us are Trying to Think

Author: Dave Gorman Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

It's hard to imagine a world where anything you could possibly want to know about - and everything you don't even know you want to know about - isn't accessible 24-hours a day, seven days a week, with just a few taps of our fingers. But that world once existed. And Dave Gorman remembers it. He remembers when there were only three channels on TV. He remembers when mobile phones were the preserve of arrogant estate agents and yuppie twonks. And he remembers when you had to unplug your phone to plug the computer into the landline in order to use the (crippling slow) internet. Nowadays of course, the world is full of people trying to tell us things. So much so that we have taught our brains not to pay much attention. After all, click the mouse, tap the screen, flick the channel and it's on to the next thing. But Dave Gorman thinks it's time to have a closer look, to find out how much nonsense we tacitly accept. Suspicious adverts, baffling newspaper headlines, fake twitter, endless cat videos, insane TV shows where the presenters ask the same questions over and over. Can we even hear ourselves think over the rising din? Or is there just too much information?

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The Table of Less Valued Knights

The Table of Less Valued Knights

Author: Marie Phillips Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Sir Humphrey du Val of the Table of Less Valued Knights - Camelot's least prestigious table, boringly rectangular in shape and with one leg shorter than the other so that it always has to be propped up with a folded napkin to stop it from rocking - has been banned by King Arthur from going on quests, and hasn't left the castle in fifteen years. He's tempted out of his imposed retirement by Elaine, who is looking for her kidnapped fiance. But is she really the damsel in distress that she appears to be? Across the border in Puddock, the new young queen, Martha, is appalled to be married off against her will to the odious Prince Edwin of Tuft. She disguises herself as a boy and runs away, but doesn't get very far before the Locum of the Lake - standing in for the full-time Lady - intercepts her with some startling news: Martha's brother, the true heir to the throne of Puddock, is not dead as she believed, and Martha must go on her own quest to find him. The two quests collide, entangling Humphrey, Elaine and Martha's lives, and introducing a host of Arthurian misfits, including a freakishly short giant, a twelve-year-old crone, an amorous unicorn, and a magic sword with a mind of her own.

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How to be Normal A Guide for the Perplexed

How to be Normal A Guide for the Perplexed

Author: Guy Browning Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Normal people are extremely unusual. Think of all the people you know and ask yourself how many are normal. None of them! In fact you're probably the most normal of the lot and, let's face it, even you're not that normal. All normal people believe they are a little bit different, a little bit unique and a little bit special. On the other hand no one wants to be abnormal, so it's a fine line to tread. Happily, this brilliantly funny book shows everyone exactly how to be uniquely normally normal. Is it normal to: ...hold the banister with both hands? ...find the green man at crossings mildly attractive? ...drive a shopping trolley on the right? ...be afraid of aggressive hand dryers? ...wonder what coconut milk is actually for? Find out the answers to these and a million other perfectly normal questions in another beautifully funny, surprisingly wise and consistently heart-warming book from the best-selling Guy Browning.

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Why Men Skim Stones An Illustrated A-Z of Modern Man

Why Men Skim Stones An Illustrated A-Z of Modern Man

Author: Chris Windle Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Have you ever watched a man angling in the rain, building a shelter when there's a bed waiting for him at home or peeing as high as he can up a wall? In Why Men Skim Stones, Chris Windle provides an amusing and indispensable insight into why men do the things they do. Here, finally, is a guide that tackles the big questions: why do male friends express their affection by subjecting each other to casual acts of violence? Why is it common for a man to have more of an idea of what he might do in the event of a zombie apocalypse, than what he might buy his mum for Christmas? If you've ever been dumbfounded when faced with a man who would rather talk to an inanimate object than read the instruction booklet, this is the book for you.

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In Your Prime Older, Wiser, Happier

In Your Prime Older, Wiser, Happier

Author: India Knight Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/05/2015

May 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. In Your Prime acts as a witty and opinionated wake-up call for women who are rapidly approaching the dreaded 40 or have long sailed on past. You know some things, you don't know others, you may not have the money to have that London Salon haircut or the eyewateringly expensive dental treatment but there is lots that can be done to steady the Buffs and allow you to enjoy your “Prime”. As India Knight fans will know from her books Thrift and The Shops she is excellent at providing and sharing information and advice. So read with pen to hand noting down the websites and addresses of recommended sources for everything from clothing to very personal necessities for bedroom enjoyment.~ Sue Baker   Like for Like Reading I Feel Bad about my Neck and other thoughts on Being a Woman, Nora Ephron Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time, Penelope Lively

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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden A Short Guide to Modern Politics, the Coalition and the General Election

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden A Short Guide to Modern Politics, the Coalition and the General Election

Author: John Crace Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2015

Exactly a week after the general election, two men - 'Call me Dave' and 'Call me Nick' - walked side by side into the rose garden of No. 10 Downing Street to give their first press-conference as Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, looking for all the world like men in love. It was a romance in which people wanted to believe. But it was also one that people couldn't help but mistrust. Most unnerving, however, was the sense that they both couldn't quite believe their luck. Cameron: I can't believe it. All those people out there just for us...Clegg: I know. It's mad, isn't it? I have to keep pinching myself as well. Cameron: Go on say it again...Clegg: What? Cameron: Call me Prime Minister...The storms the Dave and Nick partnership would have to face (same sex marriage, plebgate, triple dip recession, riots...) were then unclear. Now, almost five years on, this up-to-the-minute portrait of Westminster and the forthcoming General Election exposes the realities of the Coalition, while offering an indispensible guide to a half-decade of madness: Foreign Policy - The new 'special relationship' - William Hague and Angelina Jolie; The Economy - Osborne finally cracks it: boom in London; bust everywhere else; Immigration - should the entire population of Bulgaria pick strawberries for us?; and The Opposition - how Labour got the wrong Miliband. Includes: UKIP, PPI, ISIS and other dubious acronyms; and The countdown to the General Election 2015: five years of planning since the last one. Insightful, painful, very funny, this is a must-read for all of us with a vote, whichever side we thought we were on.

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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.