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Humorous and Funny Books

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Eye Marty The Newly Discovered Autobiography of a Comic Genius

Eye Marty The Newly Discovered Autobiography of a Comic Genius

Author: Marty Feldman Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2015

Completed before he died, thirty years ago, this is the autobiography of the celebrated comedian, Marty Feldman. Marty played the fool, often very happily and with tremendous talent and volcanic, anarchic energy, for his entire life. His face is what many people most immediately remember. It was a face that David Frost, one of his bosses, characterised as 'too grotesque' for television -- see what Feldman has to say about Frost, and Francis Bacon, and John Lennon...Marty himself described his face as 'the right packaging for my job...the right packaging for a clown.' Less known is the fact that Marty was a professional writer, and considered himself a writer first, and an actor second. Feldman created a number of immensely successful and influential shows, and was one of the most essential creative forces in British comedy embodied also by his close friends and creative partners from Beyond the Fringe (especially Peter Cook and Dudley Moore) and Monty Python (especially John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Eric Idle). Feldman finished, and set aside Eye Marty soon before travelling to Mexico to shoot his final film. He did not know that he would die there, although he certainly felt he might die soon, and was haunted by the notion. The book is exactly as Feldman wrote it, his great friend Mark Flanagan, had it transcribed, with even the photos inserted where Feldman had noted where they should go. Hilarious, deeply charming, aphoristic, ironic, charged throughout with lust for life and filled with scenes of great vanished eras and and portraits of other performers and friends, Eye Marty is the amazing discovery of the story of a man who was at the heart of the British comedy revolution.

Any Other Business Life in and out of the City: Collected Writings from the Spectator and Elsewhere

Any Other Business Life in and out of the City: Collected Writings from the Spectator and Elsewhere

Author: Martin Vander Weyer Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2014

Since 1992, the financial and business life of the UK and many other parts of the world has changed beyond all recognition. The culture of that change has been expertly and insightfully charted in the writings of Martin Vander Weyer. Observing from the inside and the outside, having spent 15 years as an investment banker at the heart of the British financial establishment and in Brussels and the Far East before forging a creative path as a journalist, Martin Vander Weyer offers a unique critical perspective on the events and developments that have brought us to where we are today. From 'Big Bang' of 1986 that irrevocably changed the culture of banking - and of the UK - through to the global financial crisis of 2008 and the subsequent banking scandals, the people, ideas and very existence of the City have been under scrutiny as never before. In this eclectic and entertaining collection, Martin Vander Weyer brings a sharp eye and a very personal style to bear on often controversial topics, alongside recollections of life in the City and dissections of the current state of play; deliciously evocative accounts of travel, culture, food and daily life; and, very occasionally, reflections on the travails of middle age. Beautifully written, this collection offers an entirely unique, sometimes surprising, but always beguiling perspective on our changing times.

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Bleak Expectations

Bleak Expectations

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/05/2014

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.

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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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Quick Pint After Work? And Other Everyday Lies

Quick Pint After Work? And Other Everyday Lies

Author: Luke Lewis Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/10/2014

Jargon, cliches, euphemisms ...lies. Ever wished there was a phrasebook to help you translate all this endless bullsh*t? When your boss asks 'Can I have a quick word?' (real meaning: I don't have anything to discuss, I just like putting the fear of God into you) or an estate agent describes something as having 'incredible potential' (real meaning: absolute shithole), you'd better have Luke Lewis's essential new book to hand. And if you need a way to spin your latest work disaster, here are numerous tried-and-tested porkies to help you out. Based on the incredibly popular BuzzFeed series 'What People Say vs What They Mean', this in an indispensible - and hilarious - guide to interpreting secret codes, little white lies and complete and utter bollocks. Examples from What People Say at Work vs What They Mean 'Anyone fancy a cup of tea?' - Offer strictly limited to the three people in my immediate vicinity. 'This is beyond my remit' - I can't be arsed to deal with this 'Team player' - Has basic social skills, is not an outright sociopath 'Let's park this for now' - Let's never mention this again 'We wish her all the best in her new job' - Burn in hell, traitor

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My Prefect Cousin A Short Biography of Paul Hamilton

My Prefect Cousin A Short Biography of Paul Hamilton

Author: Kevin Eldon Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2014

Eliot, Heaney, Auden, Larkin, Plath. Faber & Faber are famous the world over for publishing the works of the giants of poetry. And now with My Prefect Cousin they are proud to introduce to you the poems of cult poet Paul Hamilton. Paul who? A reasonable question. Hamilton, once described by the Poetic Literary Review as 'a diabolical libertarian', has remained firmly under the public radar ever since he first started writing poetry in the early nineties. But now it is time for him to receive the recognition he deserves. Hamilton's cousin, Kevin Eldon, stand up comedian and stalwart of numerous television and radio comedies over the last twenty years, presents a fascinating insight into the life, work and times of a poet who stands in a class all of his own. My Prefect Cousin charts the roller coaster ride of a life dedicated to verse; the emotional highs, the murky depths, with personal contributions from Hamilton that are often characterised by a brutal honesty that is not for the faint hearted. Or indeed the weak stomached. My Prefect Cousin also contains for the very first time on the printed page 'Shadows of Reflections', the anthology of poetry Hamilton has failed for so long to find a publisher for. Until now.

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Keith Lemon: The Rules 69 Ways to be Successful

Keith Lemon: The Rules 69 Ways to be Successful

Author: Keith Lemon Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

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!

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Being Keith

Being Keith

Author: Keith Lemon Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2012

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!

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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.