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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
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.
For the uninitiated, the quinceanera celebrates the passage of a fifteen-year-old girl into adulthood: It's a bit bat mitzvah with a dash of debutante ball, and loaded with the same potential for hilarity and adolescent angst. In this original anthology, fifteen of the brightest and funniest Latino writers, men and women alike, share their own memories of these moving and often absurd extravaganzas--tales of that unique form of familial humiliation that is borne of the best intentions, fierce love, and the infectious joy of parents finally allowing their little girl to grow up.
Based on her bestselling range of greetings cards, Cath Tate brings you her unique take on the yuletide season. In this brand-new festive title, part of her hugely popular ongoing series of hilarious gift books, Cath Tate, doyenne of the comedy greetings card, takes on Christmas and everything that goes with it: frantic last-minute shopping, unwanted presents, ridiculous amounts of food and alcohol, and the annual strain of just trying to get on with our families. Featuring more than 50 hand-coloured vintage photos paired with witty captions, this insightful, poignant and highly amusing gift book would make an ideal stocking filler for a much-loved friend or relative. Word count: 2,000
Britain's very own embarrassing (royal) granddad turned 90 this year and this shamefully funny collection of the Duke's greatest gaffes celebrates the best from a lifetime of quotes that made the nation groan and then laugh with embarrassment. With illustrations throughout, this is a laugh-out-loud funny tribute to the master of mis-speaking: When accepting a figurine from a woman during a visit to Kenya he said: 'You are a woman aren't you?' He asked a Scottish driving instructor how he 'kept the natives off the booze' long enough to get a licence. In Cardiff he told children from the British Deaf Association, who were stood by a Caribbean steel band: 'If you're near that music it's no wonder you're deaf'. 'Still throwing spears?' - a question to an Aborigine during a visit to Australia.
What?' said Piglet, with a jump. And then, to show that he hadn't been frightened, he jumped up and down once or twice in an exercising sort of way. It's hardly surprising that Piglet, a Very Small Animal, should find the Hundred Acre Wood a rather alarming place. Full of nervously twitching ears and an extreme lack of pluck, this is the perfect gift for those of an anxious disposition. It is part of a brand-new range of Winnie-the-Pooh gift books for adults - a beautifully presented range of four books to collect and enjoy! Also available in the Now We Are Grown Up Winnie-the-Pooh gift book series: Winnie-the-Pooh: Deep Thoughts & Ponderings for the Wise 9781405291965 Winnie-the-Pooh: Gloom & Doom for Pessimists 9781405291118 Winnie-the-Pooh: Little Somethings & Smackerels for Food Lovers 9781405291958
"You can print from an iPhone(R). It's the dumbest thing." - Bo Fahs, writer and host of Tele-Friends From the moment we began to digitise our world, we created machines that worked tirelessly to pull all that information zooming around back to the physical world. Enter: the home printer. Perhaps as payback for forming a nonsensical dichotomy, these printers couldn't just work. Not without a fight, at least. No. They insisted on screeching at plane-like decibels, plopping out pages at an excruciatingly slow pace, streaking only the most important documents and running out of ink when you know you JUST refilled the cartridge. From the first consumer inkjet to more modern monstrosities, Sh*tty Printers breaks down the worst offenders of our home offices. Featuring popular and exasperating home staples such as: - The HP Thinkjet 2225A - The Lexmark Z22 - The long forgotten Canon BJC-85 - and many more Each printer is beautifully photographed and ruthlessly torn to shreds as their individual strengths, weaknesses and charisma are scored on sliding scales born from relatable frustration.
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.
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'.
Southern women are inundated with rules starting early-from always wearing sensible shoes to never talking about death to the dying, and certainly not relying on song lyrics for marriage therapy. Nevertheless, Katherine Snow Smith keeps doing things like falling off her high heels onto President Barack Obama, gaining dubious status as the middle school "lice mom," and finding confirmation in the lyrics of Miranda Lambert after her twenty-four-year marriage ends. Somehow, despite never meaning to defy Southern expectations for parenting, marriage, work, and friendship, Smith has found herself doing just that for over four decades. Luckily for everyone, the outcome of these "broken rules" is this collection of refreshing stories, filled with vulnerability, humor, and insight, sharing how she received lifelong advice from a sixth-grade correspondence with an Oscar-winning actress, convinced a terminally ill friend to write good-bye letters, and won the mother of all "don't give up" lectures by finishing a road race last (as the pizza boxes were thrown away). Rules for the Southern Rule Breaker will resonate with every woman, southern or not, who has a tendency to wander down the hazy side roads and realizes the rewards that come from listening to the pull in one's heart over the voice in one's head.
Poker is much more than just a popular game. It is a world unto itself, populated with a multitude of colorful characters: professionals and amateurs, hustlers and dreamers. This royal flush of a collection brings together short stories, essays, poems, and excerpts from novels by a host of renowned writers -- from the Wild West to present day -- who have mined their personal experience of the game. Entertaining and enlightening, you'll want to ante up for Read 'Em and Weep.
With pieces by ...
Nelson Algren Andy Bellin Anthony Holden Katy Lederer James Thurber Barbara Tuchman Billy Collins Pete Dexter Martin Amis David Mamet Herbert O. Yardley A. Alvarez
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.
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
A darkly comic fable that offers visions of the apocalypse for every letter of the alphabet. Starting with a father whose son has been asking questions about global dangers, A Is for Asteroids, Z Is for Zombies takes us inside our worst fears, laughing at some and taking others seriously. With macabre verse and fantastically gory illustrations, it provides gallows humor for our doom-haunted times. As it satirizes the 24-hour news cycle hysteria, A Is for Asteroids, Z Is for Zombies pokes fun at a constant conversation about our planet being too far gone to save. The book includes fantastically gory illustrations that illuminate the world's demise. Because if you can't joke about the end times, what can you joke about?
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 travelled 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-colour photos that are both strange and hilarious, a captivating story, and cheeky captions throughout, prepare to be blown away by these fantastic felines.
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.
The seat of the Trelawney family for over 800 years, Trelawney Castle was once the jewel of the Cornish coast. Each successive Earl spent with abandon, turning the house and grounds into a sprawling, extravagant palimpsest of wings, turrets and follies.
But recent generations have been better at spending than making money. Now living in isolated penury, unable to communicate with each other or the rest of the world, the family are running out of options. Three unexpected events will hasten their demise: the sudden appearance of a new relation, an illegitimate, headstrong, beautiful girl; an unscrupulous American hedge fund manager determined to exact revenge; and the crash of 2008.
A love story and social satire set in the parallel and seemingly unconnected worlds of the British aristocracy and high finance, House of Trelawney is also the story of lost and found friendships between three women. One of them will die; another will discover her vocation; and the third will find love.
The perfect rom-com for fans of The Kiss Quotient and I Owe You One One of them has love down to a science... Sisters Sarah and Molly are close, but they couldn't be more different. Sarah makes jewellery and is obsessed with all things shiny and glam, whilst Molly is most at home in her white coat and goggles, working in a science lab. When Molly is put on a new assignment, she's over the moon. It's an important, top-secret project - and she has a handsome new boss to ogle at when she's not staring into a petri dish... But when Sarah finds herself on the painful end of a disastrous break-up, no amount of Ben & Jerry's or trashy rom-coms can cheer her up. She wants to take a more drastic approach to dealing with her heartbreak, and one that only her sister - and perhaps a sprinkle of science - can help with... Is love really all in the chemistry? Or will Sarah get more than she bargained for? 'Full of fun and laughter' ***** 'It's such a joy to read a good sister relationship' ***** 'The romance is sweet and hot at the same time... Loved it' ***** 'The type of book where you step through the pages and are transported to a new place... Loved, loved, loved this book' *****
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