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  • YBPS
    Jon Ronson
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    An eagerly awaited new book from The Men Who Stare at Goats author Jon Ronson, So You've Been Publicly Shamed examines the sheer force and scale of modern society's public examination of human flaws.

    From 'jokes' that have been heard by the wrong person to tweets that have been misinterpreted, Ronson has spent the last three years tracking down the people responsible and this book reveals how they felt when they were hung out to dry and on the receiving end of the backlash.

    Whether they've lost their job, been jeered at by an angry mob or demonized on social media, Ronson - with his trademark lightness of touch - offers a revealing insight into how these people dealt with everyone having an opinion on their faults. He also argues that society as a whole is now mercilessly defining 'normality' and making judgments on those who step outside of this definition in a scary form of social control.

    Honest, hilarious and sure to make you open your eyes to the role we all play in today's world, this is an endlessly fascinating and important read.
  • GLSC
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    An annual bestseller with Book People customers, this is the latest edition of Giles' beloved cartoons from the Express archives.

    Irreverent, clever and full of witty insight, the cartoons clearly examine all aspects of British life, taking in everything from politics to pop culture. There are also some rather timely pre-empted observations about the media!

    The jokes still ring true today and this will make a great present for anyone who likes observational comedy and the artwork of the oh-so-talented and much-missed Carl Giles.
  • HTEM
    Gareth May
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    Many believe the modern man has been slowly losing his identity - no longer can you rely on him to change a car tyre, tie a perfect tie or fix a U-bend. 100 Things Every Man Should Know aims to change that.

    A brilliantly witty, honest and down-to-earth gift book, it will tell a modern man some of the traits that have served men so well for centuries... Do you want to know how to hit a bullseye in darts? Do you know what you should look for in a second-hand car? How about organising a stag do?

    This book reveals the answers to all these questions and more, alongside some essential DIY tips.
  • LRGB
    Al Murray
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    Al Murray's Pub Landlord gives his vision for how to make us proud of our nation once more in Let's Re-Great Britain.

    While contesting the seat of South Thanet against UKIP leader Nigel Farage during the 2015 general election, the Pub Landlord revealed his plans for making the country a better place in his newly formed Free United Kingdom Party's manifesto.

    From money: 'The pound will be revalued at one pound 10p, so it will now be worth 10p more.'; to the issues regarding Scotland and more local issues, the Pub Landlord is typically brutish, honest and downright hilarious when discussing his policies in this laugh-out-loud book that celebrates the lighter side of politics.
  • WWMA
    Katie Blackburn
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    A brilliantly funny tribute to a true children's classic and a perfect Mother's Day gift, Where the Wild Mums Are finds a mum floating across time and space to a faraway place where she is crowned Queen of the Wild Mums.

    Taking its inspiration from Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, this gift book finds Mum having enough of her home life and stomping off upstairs. When she arrives at the strange and magical place where the wild mums are, she begins to dazzle them with her party tricks and eventually ends up joining their conga...

    But despite all these fun and games, Mum soon remembers who she loves best of all! With artwork from award-winning illustrator Sholto Walker, Katie Blackburn's book is sure to make your mum smile!
  • JCLS
    John Cleese
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    Known to many as Basil Fawlty and much loved for his key role in the Monty Python ensemble, John Cleese is one of Britain's favourite actors - and now he tells his life story in the revealing autobiography So, Anyway...

    A star of films including the Shrek series, Fierce Creatures and A Fish Called Wanda, this book finds John looking back on his life and revealing how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a self-confessed legend - recalling his first ever public appearance at the age of 8, his tumultuous home life which involved moving every six months and his first ever encounter with writing partner Graham Chapman.

    As well as looking back on the success of his career-defining performances in Fawlty Towers and in Monty Python, John also gives his thoughts on topics as diverse as the nature of comedy, the joys of cricket and why everyone should know the dates of all the kings and queens of England.

    A hilariously funny and poignant life story from the national treasure that is the one and only John Cleese - a true giant of UK comedy.
  • FSGS
    C. T. Grey
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    Back with the Book People for the climax of this hilarious series, Fifty Sheds of Grey: Three in a Shed is an exceedingly funny parody of the bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey.

    Innuendoes galore and packed with more than a barrow-full of 'dad jokes', Fifty Sheds of Grey: Three in a Shed tells the story of multi-millionaire Colin Grey, a man who must choose between the three great loves of his life: the sophisticated cougar, his long-suffering wife and, of course, his garden shed!

    Filled with a shedload of not-so-erotic one-liners and a side-splitting, laugh-out-loud 'plot', the book makes for the perfect gift for the green-fingered gardener in your life - whether they're a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey or not!
  • JFAF
    Harry Hilton
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    Did you hear about the schoolboy who put clean socks on every day? By Friday he couldn't get his shoes on.

    With Harry Hilton's Jokes for All the Family, prepare to have your ribs tickled, your funny bone waggled and your leg pulled! This is a bumper compendium of jokes that are suitable for all the family.

    With everything from ludicrous lions to preposterous pirates, there are laughs aplenty for all ages!
  • QI Book of Ignorance Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780571324712
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    Did you know you have no muscles in your fingers, that coffee isn't made of beans, or that oranges aren't orange? A brilliant set of three collections of the most common misconceptions, mistakes and misunderstandings in 'common knowledge' from the team at BBC's QI, these books will ensure that you not only impress your friends, but win every argument you ever have.

    Based on the show's most popular segment, General Ignorance, the books in the collection cover a wealth of topics from history, sport, science, geography and more - and it even includes a book dedicated to the most fabulous falsities and fascinating facts from the animal kingdom.

    Sure to delight fans of the much-loved show, owning this collection of QI books is just like having a quick-reference Stephen Fry on your bookshelf.
  • OWIL
    Paul Merton
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    The long-awaited autobiography from one of our nation's best-loved comedians, Paul Merton reveals all in his warm, witty new book, Only When I Laugh: My Autobiography. Best-known for his appearances on BBC's Have I Got News For You and as the former host of Room 101, the book tells the fascinating story of Paul's life.

    From his working-class upbringing in Fulham to spending over 25 years upon the television screens of millions of viewers, the book bares all: from schools days; run-ins with nuns; his meatpacking job; taking acid; and his attempts to break into the world of comedy. But life wasn't all laughs... Paul, too, sustained a terrifying manic episode which here is observed with sensitivity and honesty - an ultimately uplifting chapter of his life.

    Brilliantly written and immensely witty and enjoyable throughout, Paul Merton's autobiography, Only When I Laugh, is equally as thoughtful as it is entertaining. A must-have book for any fans of comedy!
  • TGAZ
    Richard Porter
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    Fans of Top Gear will be thoroughly entertained with this hilarious guide to the Fourth Best Country in the World - Britain! Think of Britain and what springs to mind? Tea, rain, The Queen, Sir Bradley Wiggins, a little more tea... But times are changing and Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are on hand to offer some words of wisdom which examine every single part of Britishness.

    A canny mix of charm, tact and wit, the Top Gear crew take you on a whirlwind tour of these fair isles exploring caravans, vicars, motorways, pubs, tea, tea and more tea, and mundane conversations about the weather... This is Britain to its full extent and in all its glory.

    Hilarious and accessible, this is a great gift that will provide much laughter and discussion.
  • FEXA
    Richard Benson
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    We can all remember sitting exams: the long nights reading and re-reading through our textbooks, the frantic last-minute 'cramming', the tremendous sense of foreboding kindly provided by the ticking - the relentless ticking! - clock as it counts down the little time you have left...

    One thing you will not have had the opportunity to enjoy, though, is some of the outrageous howlers given as answers by your classmates. Containing some of the funniest and downright bizarre answers from English, geography, history and science exams, F in Exams does just that!

    Presented in an all-new, bumper edition that fans of the 'F in...' series will no doubt love, the laugh-out-loud book is providing a little comfort for those sitting their exams - and is equally entertaining for those who no longer have to worry about them.
  • BODI
    Bill Oddie
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    Regarded as a national treasure, not only for his comedic past as one of the Goodies, but also his endless enthusiasm for our feathered friends, Bill Oddie: Unplucked is a book full of his personal odes to birds, birdwatching and other animals.

    The book compiles the best of Bill's recent published magazine columns, blog posts and musings about birds and nature, alongside the wildlife he has been lucky enough to see over the years. Covering an array of subjects, from encounters with Orcas in Argentina to disputes with his London neighbours over noisy parakeets, the book captures the spirit of Bill Oddie perfectly.

    Witty, entertaining and packed full of opinions about natural history, the book is illustrated throughout with comic line drawings. A must for fans of Bill, birds and so much more!
  • TGAM
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    From turning a Reliant Robin into a rocket to the complexities of building a caravan airship, Ambitious But Rubbish is packed with previously untold stories behind dozens of classic Top Gear creations and moments.

    A great gift for fans of the hit BBC show, this hilarious book reveals how the insane ideas and creations from the programme came about with remarkable tales of ingenious invention and idiotic engineering. Essential reading that gives a terrific insight into the creation of the world's biggest car show, it also gives a terrifying window into the minds of its presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May...
  • QIFS
    John Mitchinson
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    With its painstakingly researched facts, Stephen Fry's brilliant role as quizmaster and its intelligent and inquisitive nature, QI has been a BBC highlight for over 10 years now and is more popular than ever.

    Compiled by John Lloyd, QI's producer, and John Mitchinson, the show's head of research, 1,339 QI Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop follows the bestselling 1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off and reveals even more enthralling truths that are likely to inspire, enthrall and amuse.

    Did you know pigs suffer from anorexia? Or that it is impossible to whistle in a spacesuit? How about the names of Lord Kitchener's four spaniels? You can find out all this and more in this brilliantly entertaining book.
  • TMTA
    Jeremy Clarkson
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    Jeremy Clarkson is one of our most opinionated celebrities and Is it Really too Much to Ask? is the fifth book in the World According to Clarkson series.

    Once again, the popular former Top Gear presenter casts his eye on the world in general and lets his feelings known about all manner of subjects. Attempting to navigate his way through all the silliness and idiocy in the world, Clarkson sometimes surprises himself by finding things he actually likes.

    Taking issue with whatever nonsense gets in the way of his constant search for brilliance, this book is both pithy and provocative, not to mention hilarious. Throughout the pages, Jeremy asks 'Why should we accept things that are rubbish?', 'Shouldn't things work?' and 'Shouldn't someone actually care?'
  • TAIO
    David Mitchell
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    From starring in the critically acclaimed Peep Show to appearing on just about every comedy panel show imaginable, best-loved comedian and writer David Mitchell has never been short of hilarious common-sensical observation. And in this book - Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse - Mitchell celebrates and commiserates on the state of being in our modern age.

    With some colourful language, David asks why is it okay to swear in a sentence when you use an asterisk; why so many people want to stop other people doing things; and why is every film or TV show a remake? He also takes readers on a side-splitting tour of modern absurdity - from Downtown Abbey to UKIP and hot dogs made of cats...

    Ideal for fans of Jeremy Clarkson's How Hard Can It Be?, Charlie Brooker's I Can Make You Hate, and Awkward Situations for Men by Danny Wallace, this laugh-out-loud book offers hilarious commentary on the state of things in our 'not entirely glorious nation.'
  • COSP
    Joel Levy
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    Written by Joel Levy, The Little Book of Conspiracies reviews the essentials of a range of cover-ups that have been documented and alleged, hotly debated and furiously debunked. Giving plenty of reasons to be paranoid, it shows how the conspiracy theory is now more pervasive than ever, and how it doesn't take long for stories to spread around the world nowadays!
  • INRS
    Ben Miller
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    One half of successful double act Armstrong and Miller, actor and comedian Ben Miller studied a Physics PhD at Cambridge before embarking on his career.

    In It's Not Rocket Science, he returns to his roots and offers an engaging, accessible and downright funny look at science's best bits. He tackles black holes, DNA and the Large Hadron Collider in a fun and insightful way and explains to the reader all about the truly spectacular science that is always happening around us.

    This is the book for you if you're interested in science, but always found the subject a little daunting.
  • YOGB
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    Witty and original, Yoga For People Who Can't Be Bothered To Do It is a screamingly funny travelogue of one man's findings in the far-flung places of the world. So much more than a travel book, Geoff Dyer's comments on the minutiae of the human comedy, from Amsterdam to Cambodia and Rome to Indonesia (to name but a few), hilariously and insightfully brings locations, experiences and sensations vividly to life. Readers will find themselves right alongside Dyer in his moments of calm as well as at the odd floundering in a sea of grievances, but will certainly remain smiling the whole time. A modern classic and essential reading that will not disappoint!
  • THER
    Sefton Samuels
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    Northerners is a portrait of a no-nonsense people. It contains Sefton Samuels's stunning photography of everyday life in the north of England across the last four decades and features everything from the bleaker side of life with the riots in Moss Side through to legendary figures like Alan Bennett and Morrissey. This beautiful hardback shows that beyond the cliches of Northern life lies an altogether different portrait. The Guardian has described this book as "the photographic equivalent of Ken Loach" and it is sure to take pride of place on anyone who loves the North's bookshelf!

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    Kevin Bridges
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    Rising to meteoric fame in next to no time, Kevin Bridges is now one of the nation's best-loved comics. But life wasn't always record-breaking shows at sell-out arenas for Kevin. In his new book, We Need to Talk About... Kevin Bridges, fans of the Glaswegian-born comic can discover the hilarious story of his life so far.

    Born in Clydebank, Kevin began life as a nervy, shy schoolboy. But as he approached his teens he found his true calling: being the class clown. Aged just 17, Kevin took to the stage for the first time and brought the house down. This guy was going somewhere; exactly where that somewhere was, who would have known? With plenty of hilarious stories to tell of his rise to fame, readers can discover the story of Britain's comic rising star - told with his trademark social commentary and sharp wit.

    With a BAFTA-nominated TV show and sold-out UK tour to his name already, at the tender age of just 27, Kevin Bridges is destined for stand-up super-stardom. Fans of Kevin Bridges will delight finding this memoir in their stocking this Christmas!
  • A Pug's Guide to... Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9781909313620 - Gemma Correll
    Gemma Correll
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    Two essential guides for any pug aspiring for sophistication, our two-book A Pug's Guide to... Set offers a fascinating insight into the ancient set of rules that have been passed down from pug generation to pug generation.

    With each book containing over 50 hilarious, fully illustrated scenarios from Sports & Recreation and Entertaining to Dating and Breakups, A Pug's Guide to Etiquette and A Pug's Guide to Dating attempt to explain the traditional rules of pug life to advance pug-human relations.

    A hilarious yet charming pair of pug books, our A Pug's Guide to... Set will make for a wonderful gift for anyone you know who has or loves all things pug.
  • CRAZ
    P.J. O'Rourke
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    P.J. O'Rourke - journalist, author and often heralded 'the funniest writer in America' - has a secret passion for cars.

    This hilarious book spans over 30 years of vehicular obsession as the author gets behind the wheel to take us on a hell-bending tour of some of the world's most scenic - and most treacherous - roads, from a thousand-mile expedition across Mexico to a trek through Kyrgyzstan in the back of a Soviet army surplus truck.

    Driving Like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell-bending is guaranteed high-octane fun!