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Humorous and Funny Books

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

Fathers' Wit

Fathers' Wit

Author: Rosemarie Jarski Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/08/2005

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.

The Simpsons Holiday Humdinger

The Simpsons Holiday Humdinger

Author: Matt Groening Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2004

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.

Sunshine on Putty

Sunshine on Putty

Author: Ben Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2004

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.

eBooks of the Month
Mens Sana in Thingummy Doodah

Mens Sana in Thingummy Doodah

Author: Victoria Wood Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/1991

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".

Bleak Expectations

Bleak Expectations

Author: Mark Evans Format: Ebook Release Date: 03/07/2017

The complete collected series 1-5 of the gloriously daft Victorian Romp, Bleak Expectations.Gasp at the evil Mr Gently Benevolent, played by Mr Anthony Head! Weep at the trials of our young hero Pip Bin, played by Master Tom Allen! Be moved to joy and sorrow by the remarkable narration of Mr Richard Johnson! Swoon at the fragile beauty of Pip's poor Mama, played by Miss Celia Imrie! Wonder at the thespian prowess of Mr Geoffrey Whitehead as six different siblings! Follow the remarkable adventures of young Pip Bin as he struggles to rescue himself and his sisters from the schemes of his evil and badly-named guardian Mr Gently Benevolent, and the blood-curdling Hardthrasher family. Immerse yourself in a timeless epic featuring terrifying schools, even worse prisons, opium dens, disguises, court-cases, shipwrecks, underwater squirrels and swash-buckling long-lost aunts. Revel in the many fine quips, characters and scenarios written by Mr. Mark Evans and produced by Mr. Gareth Edwards, previously renowned for their craftsmanship on the works of Messrs. Mitchell and Webb. Series 1: Televised as 'The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff' on the BBC. Episodes: A Childhood Cruelly Kippered, An Adolescence Utterly Trashed, A Youth Utterly Crocked, A Young Adult Bitterly Dismantled, A Young Love Mercilessly Dismembered, A Life Sadly Smashed then happily restored A Bit. Series 2: A Happy Life Cruelly Re-Kippered, A Re-kippered Life Smashed Some More, A Recovery Made Miserable, A Restoration Re-Ruined Only Even Worse, An Already Bed Life Made Worse But Sort of on Purpose, A Happy Life Broken and then Mended A Bit. Series 3: A Lovely Life Re-Kippered Again Once More, A Now Grim Life Yet More Grimmified, A Sort of Fine Life De-niced Completely, A Horrible Life Un-ruined and then Re-ruined Again, An Evil Life Sort of Explined, Lives Lost, Ruined Wrecked and Redeemed.Series 4: A Tolerable Life De-Happified, A New-Spoiled Life Smashed Some More, A Wretched Life Made Much Much Sadder, A Painful Life Re-Miserablised, A Now Tricky Life Woefully Miseried Up, A Life Destroyed then Repaired and Re-Happied. Series 5: A Pleasant Yet Dull Life Re-Evilled, A Re-Excited Life Made Distinctly Dangerous, An Alrightish Life Savagely Frozen to Bits, A Writerly Life Made Dreadfully Different, A Terrifying Life Made Even Scarier a Bit Some More, A Loved-Up Life Potentially Totally Annihilated.

eBooks of the Month
The Bookshop Book

The Bookshop Book

Author: Jen Campbell Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/08/2021

Every bookshop has a story We're not talking about rooms that are just full of books. We're talking about bookshops in barns, disused factories, converted churches and underground car parks. Bookshops on boats, on buses, and in old run-down train stations. Fold-out bookshops, undercover bookshops, this-is-the-best-place-I've-ever-been-to-bookshops. Meet Sarah and her Book Barge sailing across the sea to France; meet Sebastien, in Mongolia, who sells books to herders of the Altai mountains; meet the bookshop in Canada that's invented the world's first antiquarian book vending machine. And that's just the beginning. From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book examines the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at over three hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents (sadly, we've yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole). The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world. 'A good bookshop is not just about selling books from shelves, but reaching out into the world and making a difference' David Almond (The Bookshop Book includes interviews and quotes from David Almond, Ian Rankin, Tracy Chevalier, Audrey Niffenegger, Jacqueline Wilson, Jeanette Winterson and many, many others.)

eBooks of the Month
Private Eye Annual

Private Eye Annual

Author: Ian Hislop Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/10/2021

The 2021 Private Eye Annual presents the year's best cartoons, jokes, parodies and topical sketches from the UK's most successful satirical news and current affairs magazine. Edited by Ian Hislop and illustrated throughout with cartoons, sketches and photo-bubbles, the Private Eye Annual has become both a seasonal institution and a perennial Christmas bestseller. Still the perfect gift at under GBP10.

QI: The Third Book of General Ignorance

QI: The Third Book of General Ignorance

Author: John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2016

The Third Book of General Ignorance gathers together 180 questions, both new and previously featured on the BBC TV programme's popular 'General Ignorance' round, and show why, when it comes to general knowledge, none of us knows anything at all. Who invented the sandwich? What was the best thing before sliced bread? Who first ate frogs' legs? Which cat never changes its spots? What did Lady Godiva do? What can you legally do if you come across a Welshman in Chester after sunset?

eBooks of the Month
Seriously Funny, and Other Oxymorons

Seriously Funny, and Other Oxymorons

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2020

'Brilliant! Will make a perfect Xmas stocking filler' Bronya Ralley 'Delightful. This dip-in-anywhere book put a smile on my face from the first page . . . for everyone who likes a good chuckle' Ruth Milligan As we all know, the oxymoron is one of the great beauties of the English language. It has been defined as 'a figure of speech that juxtaposes elements that appear to be contradictory'. Famous examples would include 'bitter-sweet', 'open secret' and 'compassionate Conservatism'. Seriously Funny, and Other Oxymorons brings together a great many examples of the oxymoron genre, amusingly illustrated by Paul Thomas. The book is arranged according to various categories ranging from Popular Culture to Political Principles and Business Ethics, all covered in Simon Brett's inimitably witty style. Anyone with an 'unbiased opinion' will quickly grasp that Seriously Funny makes a 'devilishly nice' book.

eBooks of the Month
How to Live Like Your Cat

How to Live Like Your Cat

Author: Stephane Garnier Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

A fun present for cat lovers everywhere: a light-hearted self-help guide to help you live more like your cat LET YOUR CAT BE YOUR LIFE COACH. Do cats worry about their pension? Nope. Do cats take on work they don't want to do? As if! Do cats rush around hectically when they'd rather be licking their paws and looking out of the window? Please. Cats are free. They are calm, observant, wise, elegant, charismatic and proud. In fact, cats have found nothing less than the secret of how we should all live, whatever species we are! And in this book, Stephane Garnier will show you what he's learned over fifteen years of closely observing his cat, and teach you all the ways in which you too can apply the secrets of cats to your own life - at work, at home and with your friends. Unplug your laptop. Throw away your alarm clock. It's time to live like your cat!

eBooks of the Month
The Times Great Quotations Famous Quotes to Inform, Motivate and Inspire

The Times Great Quotations Famous Quotes to Inform, Motivate and Inspire

Author: James Owen Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Be inspired and moved by the words of Malala Yousafzai, Amelia Earhart, Michelle Obama and Banksy in a collection of great and memorable quotations from across the centuries. Thematically-arranged quotes from the most notable minds, orators, celebrities, writers and politicians that ever lived. Struggling to recall those elusive quotes and sayings? With this thematic approach, The Times has the answer with a selection of the best one-liners across multiple topics and including a people index to help you find who and what you are looking for. Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open. [Attr.] Sir James Dewar, Scottish physicist (1842-1923) One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first. Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist and Nobel Prize winner True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. A Hard Road to Glory (1993) Arthur Ashe, American tennis player and Aids activist (1943-1993) No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. Confucius, Chinese teacher (551-479 bc)