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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
Alfie Deyes is back with another instalment of his unique brand of nothingness. Bigger, better and even more pointless,The Pointless Book 2 is once again full of hilarious challenges and crazy activities, and the ultimate accessory to Alfie's wonderful PointlessBlog. With all the humour and quirkiness of Alfie's celebrated YouTube site, Pointless Book 2 is packed with a host of games, activities, dares, pranks and jokes - and, of course, an exclusive digital app to take you closer to Alfie and the PointlessBlog. Fully illustrated and endlessly entertaining, Alfie invites you back to his Pointless party and to once again do virtually nothing with pride!
There will be few people who won’t recognise Cath Tate’s greeting cards and her use of early photographic images with dead pan commentaries. Now with Mother’s Day approaching it’s Mothers coming in for the Cath Tate treatment. Mothers of all shapes and sizes, old and young, with babies and without all have something to say about Motherhood – all in the best possible taste. Like for Like Reading The New Yorker Book of Mom Cartoons, £7.99 Paperback 100 pages Andrews McMeel 1st March 2008 1st March 2008 9780740776038 Older: But Not Wiser, Cath Tate
Elizabeth Taylor mixed cottage cheese and sour cream; Madonna subsisted on 'sea vegetables' and Marilyn Monroe drank raw eggs whipped with warm milk. Where there is a Hollywood starlet offering nutritional advice, there is a diet Rebecca Harrington is willing to try. Facing a harrowing mix of fainting spells, pimples and salmonella, Harrington tracks down illegal haggis to imitate Pippa Middleton, paces her apartment until the wee hours drinking ten Diet Cokes a la Karl Lagerfeld, and attempts something forbiddingly known as the 'Salt Water Flush' to channel her inner Beyonce. Rebecca Harrington risks kitchen fires and mysterious face rashes, all in the name of diet journalism. Taking cues from noted beauty icons like Posh Spice (alkaline!), Sophia Loren (pasta!) and Cameron Diaz (savory oatmeal!), I'll Have What She's Having is completely surprising, occasionally unappetising, and always outrageously funny.
'It's my feeling that whatever's bothering you, you ought to be able to say it in less than 500 words. The rest is window-dressing ...Probably explains why I didn't write WAR AND PEACE...' Sir Terry Wogan has been busy over the past 10 years writing his ever-popular SUNDAY TELEGRAPH column. In this first collection of the very best of his weekly musings, Terry delivers his distinctively dry and amusing views on life. From the disappointment of the declining years, the ubiquity of TV cooks ('Nowadays, you can't throw a stone in a country road without hitting a television chef, in full colour'), to vanity and those little daily annoyances that drive you to drink, he never fails to entertain.
Do you: Know a human?; Love a human?; Have trouble dealing with humans? If you've answered yes to any of the above, this book is for you. Whether you are planning a high level of human interaction or just a casual visit to the planet, this user-guide to the human race will help you translate their sayings, understand exotic concepts such as 'democracy' and 'sofas', and make sense of their habits and bizarre customs. A phrase book, a dictionary and a survival guide, this book unravels all the oddness, idiosyncrasies and wonder of the species, allowing everyone to make the most of their time on Earth.
This is a collection of real-life inconveniences faced by the iPhone-losing, polenta-burning, Eurostar-missing middle classes. While 870 million people in the world suffer from starvation, it's worth sparing a thought for the beleaguered and misunderstood middle classes who face similarly harrowing issues every day. 'My horse just ate my favourite boots' 'Feel like I've forgotten how to ski' 'Put too much balsamic vinegar on my salad and now I'm dying' From overcooking the quinoa to downloading the wrong book to the wrong kindle, things can get pretty rough in the recently renovated homes of our harangued elite. Fortunately, they can now turn to Twitter in their distress, finding a haven and a natural outlet in @MiddleClassProb, where Benjamin Lee has been collecting our most hilarious cris de coeur since 2010.
What happened to the future we were promised – for good or ill - the personal jet packs and holidays on the moon? For the real future the authors have been scouring the science press, watching what the geeks are doing and working out the logical end to the inventions just starting to make the news. And yes- you’ve guessed it, it’s shit – prepare to be appalled and amused in equal measure. Like for Like Reading Death from the Skies: The Science Behind the End of the World, Philip Plait, Paperback, 336 pages Penguin 28th September 2009 9780143116042 Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future, Joseph J Com & Brian Horrigan, Paperback 176 pages Johns Hopkins University Press 15th May 1996 9780801853999 A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'I don’t want you to think this book isn’t funny. Because it is. Very. But I also wanted to say just how informative it is. I was educated and tickled when I first read the manuscript. I learnt loads, from nanotechnology to giant spaceships. And most of it freaked me out a little. Are scientists really doing this stuff?! It would appear that they are. Alan and Steve are brilliant satirists and they really get their teeth into the future with gusto.' - Scott Pack, Editor, The Friday Project
From the bestselling authors of We're Going on a Bar Hunt, comes another hilarious parody of a much-loved children's book. This time, we follow the quest of one man as he attempts to shake off his hangover, through eating whatever he can get his hands on, and annoying his family in the process. The perfect book for anyone who fondly remembers the original, but has now grown up and knows all too well just how painful hungover days can be ...
Greetings citizens! Can you spot Boris? In an array of crowded scenes, from zip wires and bikes to Beijing and the Bullingdon Club, search for Boris amongst the masses. Anyone for wiff-waff? With oodles of in-jokes and bonus material to find, plus cameo appearances from some old chums, this book provides hours of fun for both the lovers and loathers of the blonde-mop-topped phenomenon that is...BoJo. A classic and fun gift book, tracking Boris down around the world will be endless amusement for all the family.
A touching and hilarious gift book of poetry and prose on the subject of children and Christmas from the Yorkshire school inspector and bestselling author of the Dales series and Little Village School series.
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.
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.