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W. Heath Robinson is best known for his hilarious drawings of zany contraptions, though his work ranged across a wide variety of topics covering many aspects of British life in the decades following the First World War. Starting out as a watercolour artist, he quickly turned to the more lucrative field of book illustration and developed his forte in satirical drawings and cartoons. He was regularly commissioned by the editors of Tatler and The Sketch and in great demand from advertising companies. Collections of his drawings were subsequently published in many different editions and became so successful as to transform Heath Robinson into a household name, celebrated for his eccentric brand of British humour. Presenting such innovations as the 'Zip-Opening Bonnet', the 'Duo-car for the Incompatible' and the handy 'New Rear Wheel Gear for Turning the Car in One Movement', this volume of Heath Robinson illustrations with commentary by K.R.G. Browne will appeal to 'everybody who is ever likely to drive, be driven in, or get run over by a mechanically propelled vehicle'.
Refreshed, renewed, reloaded! Readers can discover all the foul facts about WALES, including: why Druids split humans in half, how the Normans outwitted the Welsh with a lump of ham and how an army of Welsh mums fought off the French once and for all. With a bold, accessible new look and a heap of extra-horrible bits, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans. With shiny foil cover
A wild escape from lockdown through fantasy, satire and sheer comic genius. Richard Heller is a man of letters, few of them answered, and a cricketer in the sunset of a career which never really had a dawn. He has been confined to his premises in Rubato Towers, London SE, which he shares with a mouse and two fornicating foxes. He gives regular piano recitals to his neighbours and they bang on the walls and ceilings to hear more - sometimes half the night, they just won't let go. He has been free of COVID19 but suffers from a regular Mystery Virus, producing flu-like symptoms, which he named after Peter Mandelson. He is writing an autobiography, full of the famous people who knew him, called My Goodness, How I Roared! and compiling a set of upbeat homilies called Happy Talk, tasks regularly interrupted by the tiresome Prodnose. He faces competition in the upbeat homily market from the Resident Mouse. His entourage expands to include a poetic cockroach who claims to be the famous archy and a bridge-playing goldfish.
365 Reasons to Look on the Bright Side is full to the brim with good fortune arisen out of the flames of history's biggest and smallest errors, blunders and miscalculations - one for every day of the year, on the day it happened. This brilliantly quirky book demonstrates that while the old adage of `Everyone makes mistakes' may be true, some gaffes are so monumental that they can end up improving life for everyone else (if not for themselves!). 365 Reasons to Look on the Bright Side has many magical moments of looking on the bright side of history's most hopeless moments. Here a few to whet your whistle: Thanking Atilla the Hun for creating Venice, crediting Alexander Graham Bell's mum's deafness for inventing the telephone, praising Pope Clement VIII for blessing coffee, realizing that without the bubonic plague Newton may never had invented calculus and believing how one particularly big-boobed woman helped invent the stethoscope. Word count: 35,000
If you are new to the wild, wonderful world of sushi cats (or, Neko-Sushi), we're happy to formally introduce you to these magical creatures. The brainchild of a Japanese company, sushi cats are an extremely unusual life-form consisting of a cat on top of a portion of sushi rice. But make no mistake, these sushi cats are not for eating. As the story goes, the history of sushi cats is nothing more than the history of mankind itself and they have been known to influence humans since the beginning of time. In this all at once odd, charming, and delightful picture book for all ages, Once Upon a Sushi Cat takes you on a journey through an imaginary history describing where sushi cats come from (Sushi Cat Island, of course), and how they've traveled around the world on their flying plates spreading joy. Although we've gathered a little information from various researchers and witnesses, their existence is shrouded in mystery and sightings remain rare. Featuring 40+ full-color photos that are both strange and hilarious, a captivating story, and cheeky captions throughout, prepare to be blown away by these fantastic felines.
Travel back to the 1970s, when hair grew bigger and heels got higher, with this colourful sticker book. There are clothes from throughout the decade - from flares and maxi dresses, to outfits designed to sparkle under disco lights. Informative notes, photographs, sketches and links to video clips help explain each 'look' and add historical context.
Make life a little less terrible with relatable observations designed to help channel all your anger! Everything is the worst. Politicians are crazy. The world is on fire. And everyone is busy exchanging insults and crappy recipes online. But, it's no use buying a bunker and swearing off all human contact for good (yet). Take the edge off of life's horribleness with Everything Is Terrible, your guide for dealing with all the rage that comes with modern life. Including relatable complaints and activities, you'll say goodbye (or at least see you later) to your anger in no time!
What are our favourite authors' words? Which bestselling writer uses the most cliches? How can we judge a book by its cover? Data meets literature in this playful and informative look at our favourite authors and their masterpieces. 'What fun this is! Ben Blatt's charming book applies numerical know-how to questions of literary style, teasing out insights about cliffhangers, adverbs' JORDAN ELLENBERG, author of How Not to Be Wrong 'Lively ... worthwhile ... Read this book thoughtfully. It's fun. And, I think, the shape of interesting things to come' The Times 'Fascinating ... the book had me humming with pleasure' The Sunday Times Nabokov's Favourite Word is Mauve is a playful look at what the numbers have to say about our favourite authors and their classic books. Journalist and statistician Ben Blatt asks the questions that have intrigued curious book lovers for generations: Does each writer have their own stylistic footprint? Do men and women write differently? What are the crutch words our best-loved authors fall back on? Spanning from Shakespeare and Jane Austen to fan fiction, JK Rowling and Stephen King, Blatt reveals the quirks and oddities of the world's greatest writers. This is a lighthearted, humorous book that uses numbers to inform our understanding of words to enlighten, to clarify, and, above all, to entertain.
Pulled Off at Half-Time is the ultimate collection of hilarious comic offerings delivered by figures in football. No one can dispute that footballers have provided some of the funniest quotes (intentionally or not) in the history of sport. Inspired by England maverick Rodney Marsh's risque exchange with Sir Alf Ramsey, Pulled Off at Half-Time is packed with more than 750 quotes on all aspects of the game from and about the most famous names in football. 'I might have faults, but I am not a bighead' - Wayne Rooney, as modest as ever! 'In football, the only game I know is the 90-minutes game. It's not mind games; I don't try to do that' - Jose Mourinho... really? 'For me it is enough that I have the first and last word' - Jurgen Klopp. 'I think sometimes the best training is to rest' - Cristiano Ronaldo.
'One truth I have learnt, as middle age enmeshes me like Virginia creeper, is that I shall never change-because my capacity for self-improvement is absolutely nil.' Jilly Cooper's observations from her days as a much-loved newspaper columnist cover everything to do with sex, socialising and survival - from marriage, friendship and the minutiae of family life, to the tedium of going to visit people for the weekend, the stress of hosting dinner parties and the descent of middle age. Entertaining and full of heart, this classic collection of journalism from the legendary author explores the highs and lows of everyday life with wit, wisdom and warmth. Praise for Jilly Cooper: 'Joyful and mischievous' Jojo Moyes 'Fun, sexy and unputdownable' Marian Keyes 'Flawlessly entertaining' Helen Fielding
A diverse cast of characters-Kamala Khan (Ms Marvel), Miles Morales (Spider-Man), and Doreen Green (Squirrel Girl)-team up in their first-ever illustrated middle-grade series about ordinary kids with extraordinary powers! Kamala Khan was an average middle school kid. That is, until a cloud called a Terrigen Mist swept through the New Jersey waterfront and activated her super powers! After taking on the persona of Ms Marvel, she's been fighting crime in Jersey City, and has caught the eye of some pretty well-established super heroes. But that's not always a good thing... After Kamala is caught by news cameras taking on a super villain - and accidentally destroying a building along the way - she gets a letter from Captain Marvel herself! It's great that she's fighting crime and sticking up for people, but maybe a regular school isn't the best place to learn how to do that. If she wants to continue as Ms Marvel, she's going to need to take on some new extra-curricular activities - mainly, training with other young super heroes alongside the Avengers! Now Kamala is the new kid at the Avengers Institute. Her classmates are all kids like her, they have special powers, but most of them have gotten into some trouble or drawn attention to themselves. The big news at the Avengers Institute this year? An academic decathlon in which students will group up into teams and compete against each other in super heroics. Kamala and her friends Miles and Doreen will have to go up against a team led by some kids who fight less than fair - and have some trouble with the concept of "fighting for good" - in this funny, action-packed look at some ordinary middle school kids who just happen to have some extraordinary powers.
"The Far Side" is the exclusive habitat of the craziest wildlife around--be it human or alien, reptile or mammal, arachnid or amoeba. In this realm reside the true comedians of the '80s--the stars who have kept the world laughing for nine years. Here are the finest speciemsn from this world, gathered to maintain the survival of all "Far Side" fans!
Football inspires love and hate in equal measure. It creates sporting moments that live with us forever. But it also offers a unique opportunity to pour scorn, inflict blame, and generally get angry. This funny and fascinating collection of 'football hates' will ring true with every supporter who both loves the game and hates what some people do to it. Richard Foster tackles the issues that so incense the ordinary football supporter, from greedy agents to sloppy England performances and from FIFA to diving. The book features contributions from long-suffering fans and well-known personalities, pundits and players such as Pat Nevin, Paolo Hewitt, Clarke Carlisle and Ian Darke.
Readers can discover all the foul facts about ROTTEN RULERS, including: who gave the job of high priest to a donkey, who choked to death while eating a crow and who celebrated victory by eating his enemy's head? With a bold, accessible new look and a heap of extra-horrible bits, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans.
Full of ideas for relieving the tension and tedium of the workplace, The Bored Stupid at Work Doodle Book's pages are illustrated with line art drawings so the reader can fill in as much as they want. A brilliant gift idea for cube monkeys, desk jockeys and salary slaves! It is packed with great gags specifically for the workplace, so you'll find charts to fill in (rate your colleagues, draw your job as a monster), your boss's boots to draw and kiss, there's even a cut-out-and-keep carriage clock! All of it is ready to fill in and have fun with...
Time: 10+ minutes to play Number of players: 2+ Ages: 5+ Includes: 52 cards, plus 8 gameplay instruction cards Assembly required? No Batteries required? No What could be more fun than playing with poop? Here's a deck of cards like no other, and the smiliest (and smelliest) poop friends you're ever likely to meet. With instructions on toilet-themed games to play, including Smelly Families, Go Poop and Constipation (formerly Patience), games nights will never be the same!
The highly anticipated first book from award-winning comedian, writer, producer and actress, Amy Schumer. In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy shares stories about her family, her relationships, her career, good - and bad - sex, recounting the experiences that have shaped who she is today: from the riches to rags story of her childhood to her teenage quest for popularity (and boys) to becoming one of the most sought-after comedians on the planet and an outspoken advocate for women's rights. Whether she's experiencing lust at first sight in the queue at the airport, discovering her boot camp instructor's secret bad habit, or candidly discussing her father's multiple sclerosis, Amy Schumer proves to be a fearless, original, and always entertaining storyteller. Her book will move you, make you laugh, catch you completely off guard, and answer this burning question: is it okay for a 35 year-old woman to still sleep with her childhood teddy bears?
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