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The sleeper hit of Christmas 2009 - more than 4,000 copies sold through Bookscan. A book to send shivers down the spine of any parent who has spent years protecting their children from the slightest bump and bash. A glorious romp though some of the most reckless photos from the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s, tagged with side-splitting captions. Ah, the past. A time when children could play in the snow without a helmet, crampons and a risk assessment report. When footballs were made from rhino hide and cricket was played with one pad, if you were lucky. When I Were a Lad... looks at the glorious-yet-risky childhoods of yesteryear before the Health and Safety officers told us we couldn't do everything because it was too dangerous. It reflects on a time when children were allowed in with the animals at London Zoo; a time before the car seatbelt was invented (let alone used); a time when you were allowed to dress up endangered species in goalkeeping kit and take penalties against them. The authors have trawled through the major historic archives to find some glorious photo opportunities where the safety angle of the participants was the last thing anyone thought of. Children perch happily on lethal, limb-mangling machinery, stand all-smiles on live crocodiles, feed brown bears with their hands and get scooped from the street by passing tram conductors! These truly were the days that Health and Safety forgot, back when I were a lad...
Morecambe and Wise, Herbert and Hill. The history of entertainment is studded with brilliant comic duos. Johnny Herbert and Damon Hill between them competed in 261 Grands Prix, amassing twenty-five wins, forty-nine podium finishes, one World Championship, 458 championship points, a Le Mans win, two smashed ankles, a broken arm, wrist and leg, sixty broken ribs, and two bruised egos. Having retired from racing, Johnny and Damon have become the one constant for passionate English F1 fans in a rapidly changing landscape. They have earned cult status as commentators and pundits, with viewers loving their unerring dedication to the sport's greatness. Drawing on a lifetime of sniffing petrol fumes, Lights Out, Full Throttle stands large over the landscape of Formula One and takes the temperature of the good, the bad and the ugly of the petrolhead's paradise. It offers F1 fans a tour of the sport - from Monaco to Silverstone; Johnny's crowd surfing and Bernie's burger bar; the genius of Adrian Newey and Colin Chapman; why Lewis Hamilton will never, ever move to Ferrari (probably); getting the yips; money; safety; what it's like to have an out-of-body experience while driving a car in the pouring rain at 200 mph; and the future of the sport in the wake of Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter. Whether you're a fan of Nigel, Niki, Kimi or Britney, pine for the glory days of Brabham, Williams, Jim Clark and Fangio, or believe that Lewis is one year away from retiring as the GOAT, Lights Out, Full Throttle is the oily rag for the petrolhead fan to inhale while waiting for the racers to line up on the grid.
Confronted by the realities of adulthood, Romesh Ranganathan must face an uncomfortable truth: this is not quite how he imagined it. Watching his friends descend into middle age, his waistline thicken and his finances dwindle to fund his family's middle class aspirations, Romesh reflects on the demands of daily life and the challenges of adulting in the modern world. As he reluctantly concludes that he is indeed a grown man, Rom wrestles with the greater questions that threaten his being: Could I save my family in a crisis? Do I possess the skills to assemble flatpack furniture? Am I too old for streetwear? Is it alright to parent my kids through the medium of Fortnite? Is celibacy the secret to a passionate marriage? From one of the countries most beloved comedians and author of the Sunday Times bestseller STRAIGHT OUTTA CRAWLEY comes the hilarious and painfully accurate dissection of what it really means to grow up.
An experienced hand at lighting the f***ing way forward, Zach Golden has curated and honed a collection of dishes that anyone, even you, can make without screwing them up. From his first book, where he approached a mundane everyday question of what to make for dinner with the endless variety of a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novel, to two successive titles guiding the aimless masses towards what to drink and what to do with their lives, Zach is the master at telling other people what to do. This next concept marries scaled-down kitchen techniques with satisfying outcomes, with a heavy dose of profanity and deadpan humor. Chicken and Rice Soup, Roasted Vegetable and Bacon Hash, Fennel, Sausage, and Arugula Pasta, and more will deliver on meals-as long as you don't do anything stupid like start a grease fire, cut off a finger, or spill hot pasta water down your pants. Unless, as he says, you're really, really dumb, they're Unfuckupable.
An A+ buffet of brilliant blackboard blunders and bloopers from teachers, pupils and parents! A side-splitting collection of hilarious exam results, teacher mistakes and classroom call-outs! So funny, you'll wish you were at back at school again! All present and correct (even if arriving late with a terrible excuse) Bumper Classroom Clangers, is jam-packed with a boisterous gaggle of hilarious classroom calamities, silly schoolboy errors and gold star gaffes - more than enough to have you rolling down the corridors in fits of childish giggles! Bumper Classroom Clangers is the definitive catalogue of blackboard blunders made by teachers, parents and pupils - full of bloopers so brilliant that you would be sent straight to detention if they weren't so funny. Delving deep into the well-thumbed textbooks and exam papers of history - as well as other unforgettable playground and education-related mishaps - Bumper Classroom Clangers has hundreds of side-splitting anecdotes and antics that deserve an A+ for originality and hilarity and will have you yearning to be back at your desk all over again.
This is not a new book but a specially adapted version of Adam Kay's bestseller This is Going to Hurt for Quick Reads. These short books are perfect for adults who are discovering reading for pleasure for the first time. Welcome to the life of a junior doctor. You work 97 hours a week. You make life and death decisions. You are often covered in blood (or worse) from head to toe. And the hospital parking meter earns more money than you do. Adam Kay's diary was written in secret after long days, sleepless nights and missed weekends. It is funny, moving and sometimes shocking. This is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward. Specially rewritten for ease of reading by Francesca Main.
Hierdie boek is vir Suid-Afrikaners om weer te lag in hierdie depressiewe tye.
Hierdie stories van die alledaagse lewe het 'n snaakse draai. Dit is meestal gebeure wat self et die skrywer of op of af van die verhoog gebeur het.
Life is much too short to give any real amount of f*cks. Who is this book for? People who give too many f*cks to things they shouldn't give a f*ck about. You have a finite amount of f*cks, spend them wisely. This book contains the word f*ck over 44 thousand times, which is a world record* *Probably, I don't give a f*ck if that's true or not and I couldn't be f*cked to count them.
'A joyous fantasy for grownups' Guardian 'A funny, offbeat adult fantasy novel' Independent 'A dazzling first adult novel from bestselling children's author Colfer' Daily Mail Highfire is a genre-bending tour-de-force of comedy and action by the million-copy-selling master storyteller. Squib Moreau may be swamp-wild, but his intentions are (generally) good: he really wants to be a supportive son to his hard-working momma Elodie. But sometimes life gets in the way - like when Fake Daddy walked out on them leaving a ton of debt, or when crooked Constable Regence Hooke got to thinking pretty Elodie Moreau was just the gal for him . . . An apprenticeship with the local moonshine runner, servicing the bayou, looks like the only way to pay off the family debts and maybe get Squib and his momma a place in town, far from Constable Hooke's unwanted courtship and Fake Daddy's reputation. Unfortunately for Squib, Hooke has his own eye on that very same stretch of bayou - and neither of them have taken into account the fire-breathing dragon hiding out in the Louisiana swamp . . . For Squib Moreau, Regence Hooke and Vern, aka Lord Highfire of Highfire Eyrie, life is never going to be the same again. 'Told in crunchy prose, with lashings of earthy dialogue, it reads like an Elmore Leonard Thriller, but with dragons . . . Colfer clearly had a blast writing this, and his sheer storytelling panache brushes aside the quibbles of fantasy-genre agnostics with infectious glee' Mail on Sunday From the internationally bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series: Eoin Colfer's first adult fantasy novel is a hilarious, high-octane adventure about a vodka-drinking, Flashdance-loving dragon who's been hiding out from the world - and potential torch-carrying mobs - in a Louisiana bayou . . . until his peaceful world's turned upside down by a well-intentioned but wild Cajun tearaway and the crooked (and heavily armed) law officer who wants him dead.
Henri's night of passion is at risk from invisible gnomes...Mr Bollard can't find anyone to spank ...Sarah's performing breasts are failing to impress ...the Devil's dog has just eaten his supper ...and God has a confession to make. These are just a few of the hilarious characters you will meet in Richard Falk's book, where experimental literary techniques meet 'Viz-style' humour in a blizzard of political incorrectness. No taboo is left unexplored as the genre of cyclical trompe l'oeil adult comedy is born (please do not slip on the afterbirth). This title contains strong language and adult humour.
With the internet focused intently on the Karen meme, two reallife Karens offer thoughts on how and when to be a Karen, and how and when to shut up. With short humorous articles covering a range of social situations, lists of dos and don’ts for anything from bring’n’braais to PTAs to the queue at Woolies, and quotes from wellknown local Karens such as Karen Zoid and Karen Meiring, this social satire also serves as a tongueincheek etiquette guide. After all, sometimes you might actually need to speak to the manager.
Along with memes, humour and pop culture, the book explores how we go about lubricating the wheels of social interaction in a world that is big and wide and more diverse than any of us have space for in our daily lives
Hildegard Wolf is a German psychiatrist who lives a comfortable life in Paris. When she encounters a client who claims to be Lord Lucan, she can't help but be intrigued. After all, he's the second man who has claimed to be the elusive lord. But which one is the imposter? This is one of the 22 novels written by Muriel Spark in her lifetime. All are being published by Polygon in hardback Centenary Editions between November 2017 and September 2018.
Boulevard Wren and Other Stories is the stunning follow-up to the bestselling Gospel According to Blindboy, and a warped mirror held up to the Irish psyche. Provocative and unsettling, the stories rove through the centuries, from the barren fields of Famine-struck Meath to the chaotic landscape of the near future, where social media has colonised the deepest recesses of the human subconscious. This is a world populated by characters lost and at odds with the demands of contemporary life, for whom the line separating redemption and madness has grown impossibly fine. Razor-sharp social satire, it is an era-defining work from one of Ireland's most anarchic satirists and a quietly devastating portrait of a society in disarray. 'Mad, wild, hysterical.' Kevin Barry, author of Night Boat to Tangier
Double the trouble! An original novel by Michael Rosen, told alongside the Dickens classic that inspired it: Oliver Twist. Shona and her dad are moving house, and at Shona's new school, the rules are pretty confusing; she keeps getting into trouble without realizing! It's a lot like how it is for Oliver Twist, that boy she's reading about in English class. After Shona is unexpectedly given a mobile phone, she begins to suspect there's something fishy about the new boys she's met. Where did the phone come from? And some gifts, she soon learns, aren't exactly free... Read two stories at once - both illustrated by Tony Ross.
How to Bonk at Work is the only guide to getting your end away at work, and is bursting with useful advice that you'll need if you are to have any chance of "fishing on the company pier". It starts with the Golden Rules of Workplace Fornication and follows up with many practical, real-life examples, showing you not only how to do it, but how to enjoy getting the job done while you're on the job!
London - one of the world's most exciting cities. Teeming with life, bursting with history, it houses over 8 million people, and has thousands of stories to tell. 365 Reasons to be Proud to be a Londoner is a quirky, fun exploration of the people and events that make London so special, with an entry for every day of the year. From the building of London's frankly awe-inspiring sewer system to the founding of the iconic Abbey Road recording studios, from the diary of Samuel Pepys to the invention of the World Wide Web, this fascinating book provides 365 compelling reasons why every Londoner should be proud of their wonderful city. Maybe it's because you're a Londoner...that you'll love this book! Word count: 30,000 Related titles: 365 Reasons to be Cheerful (9781906032968) 365 Reasons to be Proud to be British (9781907554391) 365 Reasons to be Proud to be English (9781909396715) 365 Reasons to be Proud to be Irish (9781909396401) 365 Reasons to be Proud to be Scottish (9781907554872) 365 Reasons to Look on the Bright Side (9781907554681)
Wit and Wisdom with a 100% Guarantee You might be anxiously awaiting help from above, wondering when God will show up to rescue you from your circumstance. Well, you can stop checking the clock, because the Lord is always on time! And He will never let you down. Bestselling author Stan Toler delivers this collection of heartwarming and humorous tales highlighting God's never-failing faithfulness. Using stories from the Bible, history, and his own experience, Stan encourages you to go beyond merely hoping to absolutely believing that your heavenly Father knows what you're going through and stands ready to help you whenever you need Him. Whether you feel frazzled, stressed, hurt, angry, undone, or just plain confused, you will be inspired and uplifted as you read about God's timely interventions in the lives of His people. Rest assured that He can-and will-do the same for you.
Eric bopped Grandpa in the nose. Lola disappeared for a week and returned home pregnant. Steve swings from the curtains like Tarzan. And Penny growled at the pizza delivery guy. Rude roommates? Dysfunctional family members? Characters on a new reality show? Nah, they're just a few of the cats and their misdeeds featured in the Cat Shaming 2019 Day-to-Day Calendar. Same goes for Millie, who catches little birdies and releases them under the bed; Luna, who likes to watch people shower; and aptly named Brat, who refuses to eat kibble that has been in the dish for more than fifteen minutes. Featuring hilarious contributed photos from the popular Tumblr blog, the Cat Shaming calendar provides plenty of commiseration and comic relief for cat lovers everywhere. As an added bonus, the back of each page includes Daily Extra content such as puzzles, jokes, lists, quotes, tips, and trivia.
`To a great mind, nothing is little' Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes has become such an iconic figure that he's almost real. He's on our TV screens, he's in our films and, of course, the books are still as popular as ever. This fascinating little miscellany tells you everything you need to know about this enduringly popular figure, and lots of stuff you don't! It contains the plots of all the novels, character descriptions, details of some of the plethora of Sherlock websites, and highlights the best films and TV adaptations. Entertaining and engrossing, The Elementary Sherlock Holmes will satisfy the curious and enlighten even the most dedicated Holmes fan.
Your A-game is so strong you don't even need a B-game You're too modest to say it yourself, but you're kind of a legend. And you need to be reminded sometimes, OK? This collection of unbeatable quotes from fellow icons and idols also contains dozens of witty one-liners explaining why you're a flamingo in a flock of pigeons. There's no denying it - YOU'RE AWESOME AF!
Mike Birbiglia never wanted to be a father. In fact, there are seven very specific reasons he never wanted a kid, including his aversion to sticky surfaces and his less-than-ideal genes: he's had Lyme Disease, a bladder tumor, diabetes, and dangerous sleepwalking, to name a few. Not to mention the fact that Mike generally doesn't think people (including himself) are really all that great. Then Mike's wife, poet Jen Hope Stein, becomes infected with the contagion "baby fever" and convinces him she'll do all of the parenting and that their lives don't have to change because of future baby Oona. Yes, he bought that line. In a hilarious memoir about the trials and tribulations of parenting, Mike Birbiglia shares anecdotes all parents can relate to, including laugh-out-loud observations on the lead up to being a parent, the birth of the baby, and the very messy aftermath of bringing this new one home...for a forever stay! Borne out of and based on his Broadway show The New One, and entirely expanded upon with at least 50% new material for this book, new dad Birbiglia will have you crying from laughter and smiling with joy as he falls in love with baby Oona, despite how smelly she is! Mike's candid thoughts on his reluctance about becoming a dad, what he describes as being the "pudgy milkless vice president of his family," laced with Stein's poetry combine to form a heartfelt and hilarious book.
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