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  • 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.
  • CYBI
    Caroline West
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    If you know someone who likes their facts to be disgusting, bizarre, peculiar and downright funny, Can You Believe It? is the book for them.

    A collection of the funniest, grimiest, grossest and most outrageous facts you are ever likely to have the misfortune to hear (believe us, once you've read them you can't un-read them!), each will have readers scratching their head in disbelief and laughing out loud at the randomness of it all.

    From decapitated cockroaches to sweaty feet, shark attacks and hundreds more weird and wonderful facts and pieces of trivia, the book will literally have those lucky (or unlucky) enough to read it shouting 'Oh my god!'
  • MANP
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    This essential guide separates the men from the boys and tells them what everyday `man jobs? are really worth on the man points scale.

    From growing a beard, using an angle grinder and changing a tyre, to breaking down a door (with minus points for using a hairdryer, crying and more), Man Points allows you to rate and record your most manly of accomplishments.

    The perfect gift for the competitive alpha (or beta!) male from their long-suffering partner, sibling or friend, this book will let them know if their manliness measure up.
  • DARS
    Carnival Productions
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    Carrying out their duties around the stately home with pride, dignity and finesse, the Downtown Abbey staff know exactly how to lay a table and how to care for the furs of Lady Mary's - and Downtown Abbey Rules for Household Staff, this recently recovered staff book, tells all about working below stairs at this grand estate.

    Covering all of the main roles within the Downtown Abbey household - including footman, lady's maid, housekeeper, groundsman and more - and containing a charming introduction for new members of staff from Charles Carson, Downtown Abbey's exacting butler, the book answers any questions you may have about working at Downtown Abbey.

    A wonderful book for fans of the best-loved costume drama, the Downtown Abbey Rules for Household Staff offers a great insight into the characters' daily duties around the estate.
  • Daily Telegraph Unpublished Letters Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781781315408
    DTUL
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    These three books give the authors of the best unpublished letters sent to the Daily Telegraph the stage they so richly deserve. From the funny to the furious and the mischievous to the magnificent, we know you'll be laughing, crying and possibly agreeing with some of the points of view aired.

    Throughout the three books, you'll find observations about the world we live in. Some are whimsical, some risque but they're all very entertaining... You'll find unique views on the rubbish that can be found on TV these days and even the venality of our MPs.
  • GPPP
    Jane Austen
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    A bizarre but brilliant combination of family pets and a classic Jane Austen novel comes together in A Guinea Pig Pride & Prejudice.

    A gift that will make anyone smile, the beautiful little book introduces guinea pig Molly as Elizabeth Bennet and Hollie as the eligible Mr. Darcy.

    With plenty of heart-warming photographs to look at and such a famous story to rediscover, this is a great addition to the collection of both those who love guinea pigs and unforgettable fiction.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • AZOP
    Alexander Armstrong
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    Delve into the world of Pointless with this brilliant bumper book of over 120 new quiz questions, facts and musings from the lovable presenters Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman.

    Sure to have the whole family wracking their brains, the book is interspersed with general knowledge trivia, witty facts and longer stand-up style pieces musing on everything from aardvarks to zeppelins...

    Witty and beautifully illustrated, this exciting new Pointless book is the perfect festive treat for fans of the BBC show.
  • ULDS
    Steve Caplin
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    Treat your dad with this brilliant gift book, dedicated to Ultimate Dad Stuff. Sure to keep every father up to date with their kids, the book is packed with ideas for things to do.

    Bringing together two separate volumes, the book is packed with new and traditional games, useful facts, puzzles and activities to make your father smile on 15 June.

    From playing the spoons to riding a bike and some cringe-worthy dad jokes, the book has something to suit every situation - including answers to the perennially awkward 'Dad, where do babies come from?' question...
  • QI Book of Ignorance Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780571324712
    QIIG
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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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
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    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.
  • DGTR
    Christopher Matthew
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    A brilliant stocking filler for any dog lover, Dog Treats: An Assortment of Mutts, Mongrels, Puppies and Pooches is a hilarious book full of verse about man's best friend.

    Celebrating the canine world in all its glorious diversity, Christopher Matthew's book will take you from Camp Bastion to West Wittering via a sunlit Greek island and cover every dog from a psychotic Great Dane called Cher Bebe to Ozymandias - the Steve McQueen of Springers!

    Touching, wicked, clever and kind, this book will have you howling with laughter.
  • AKBEC
    Karl Pilkington
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    '"Why are we here?" The only time I ever asked meself that was on a surprise holiday to Lanzarote.'

    Left to his own devices, Karl Pilkington would be happy with his life just as it is. But now he's hit 40, everyone keeps asking him why he's so reluctant to marry his girlfriend and why he doesn't want to have kids.

    It's time for Karl to face up to the biggest question of the lot - what does it all mean? Karl thought he'd seen it all filming An Idiot Abroad, but now he's off around the globe to learn how other cultures deal with life's big issues.

    Find out how Karl copes as he...Has plastic surgery in LA - Models for a Japanese life drawing class - Helps deliver a baby in Bali Have his experiences changed him? Find out in this hilarious new book.

    Karl Pilkington's The Moaning of Life has been chosen as a World Book Night book for 2015.
  • CMOR
    Caitlin Moran
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    Possibly the only drawback about the bestselling "How To Be A Woman" was that its author, Caitlin Moran, was limited to pretty much one subject: being a woman. "Moranthology" is proof that Caitlin can actually be 'quite chatty' about many other things, including cultural, social and political issues which are usually the province of learned professors, or hot-shot wonks - and not a woman who once, as an experiment, put a wasp in a jar, and got it stoned. These other subjects include: Caffeine; Ghostbusters; Being Poor; Twitter; Caravans; Obama; Wales; Marijuana Addiction; Paul McCartney; The Welfare State; Sherlock; David Cameron Looking Like Ham; Amy Winehouse; Elizabeth Taylor's Eyes; Michael Jackson's Funeral; 'The Big Society'; Big Hair; Nutter-letters; Failed Nicknames; Wolverhampton'; Squirrels' Testicles; Sexy Tax; Binge-drinking; Chivalry; Rihanna's Cardigan; Boris Johnson - Albino Shag-hound; Party Bags; Hot People; Transsexuals; The Gay Moon Landings; and My Own, Untimely Death.
  • JANE
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    It's true to say that Jane Austen is more of a celebrity and media queen now than she was when she was writing and this intriguing, funny and very readable compilation by Rebecca Smith, the writer in residence at Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, provides authentic Austenian advice for over 70 modern dilemmas. Jane Austen is brought to life as a smart-cookie agony aunt in an upmarket glossy magazine column format and tackles vexing challenges in love, family, work, leisure, fashion and home. Smith has cleverly compiled answers from Austen's novels, letters and life to give a clear-eyed, witty and unsentimental view and tone that creates a book to turn to for advice and comfort, just as you would a best friend!