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    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2009

      Sorbonne Confidential

      by Laurel Zuckerman

      After losing her high tech job in Paris, Alice Wunderland dreams of a new, unemployment-proof career as English teacher and decides to dedicate a year to training for France's prestigious competitive exam; After all, she reasons, how hard can it be for an educated American to pass a test in English? She enrolls at the Sorbonne, but her Arizona English fails to impress. Even Shakespeare's English falls short. Only one English will do: Sorbonne English! Even while learning this new language, Alice vows to investigate: Why devise an English exam that few native speakers can pass ? Could this explain why French schoolchildren rank last for English skills in Europe? Is it true that Frenchness is a question of formatting? If so, can a foreigner even one with French nationality ever become truly French? As riots break out in France among the children of immigrants, Alice cannot help but wonder: could there be any connection between her bewildering experience and theirs? A hilarious, hair-raising insider's look at the esoteric world of French Education. (Harriet Welty Rochefort --author of French Toast).

    • Business & management
      January 2012

      The Unprincipled

      The Unvarnished Truth About Running A Marketing Agency From Start-up To Sell-out

      by David Croydon

      Building a business from start-up to sell-out. When I started, or at least co-founded, a small sales promotion agency called Marketing Principles in Oxford over 20 years ago, I had no idea about the dramas that would ensue, or the mixture of fun and games and pain and heartache that could be telescoped into 12 short years. I needed to get a lot of this off my chest for cathartic and purely selfish reasons, but in doing so, and in my current role as small business advisor/coach/mentor/NEC, I realised along the way that the lessons learned might be instructive as well as just entertaining, which is where it originally started. The title is taken from the scurrilous in-house ‘newsletter’ our creative department took to compiling a couple of times a year, to debunk any of our employees who… oh, just anyone who worked for us (including me). We begin the journey in 1985. The key protagonists (at the beginning) all have gainful employment at another local agency, and on the face of it should be content with their lot. But then this thing called ambition comes knocking, and a 12-year roller coaster ride begins. A couple of reviewers have described the content as part business handbook, part memoir, part comic novel, which makes it difficult to categorise in publishing terms. Its style and tone of voice is what makes it unique, and it will appeal to small business owner/managers - from start-ups to established businesses - anywhere: they will recognise many of the issues and problems that we confronted along the way. So it's a personal account, but one that will resonate with anyone who has ever run a small business (or aspires to). Here's a video about the business that is the book's subject matter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2_heofh0WE

    • Humour
      September 2016

      Ten Camels for My Wife

      by John Meadows

      A highly entertaining anecdotal collection of humorous life observations during a trip around the world. Travelling by bus to Kathmandu, the author experiences hair-raising misadventures: a chase through Jerusalem, a gun battle in Jordan, a pummelling by a gargantuan masseur in Istanbul, a python in India, and the terrifying James Bond encounter in Australia. His portrait of an Afghani shopkeeper has a bizarre twist. Time-travelling detours punctuate interesting stories about the Taj Mahal, Sydney Opera House, Tahiti, Easter Island statues and Christ in Rio. More than a travelogue, personal insights and character portrayals are underscored by whimsical humour.

    • Humour
      October 2012

      The Wit and Wisdom of Only Fools and Horses

      by Dan Sullivan

      The ‘crème de la menthe’ of the hilarious one-liners from John Sullivan’s Only Fools and Horses have been brought together for the first time in The Wit and Wisdom of Only Fools and Horses. All of Del, Rodney, Grandad, Uncle Albert, Boycie, Trigger and the rest of the gang’s funniest and most memorable lines are here, making this triffic book a pukka 42-carat gold-plated bargain.

    • Humour

      More Wit & Wisdom of Only Fools and Horses

      by Dan Sullivan

      More hilarious crème de la menthe one-liners from Britain s favourite sitcom Only Fools and Horses. Re-live all the funniest and most memorable lines from Del, Rodney, Grandad, Uncle Albert, Boycie, Trigger and the rest of the gang in this pukka official book. More Wit and Wisdom of Only Fools and Horses makes the perfect stocking filler.

    • Fiction
      April 2015

      I Blame Morrissey

      My Adventures with Indie-Pop and Emotional Disaster

      by Jamie Jones

      You wouldn't let song lyrics rule your life would you? You wouldn't become so infatuated with a pop star that you would use their words to make decisions on your relationships would you? Jay would. Join him as he tries to grow up in the 90s in a haze of lust, indie-pop & warm lager while all the time looking to Morrissey for guidance.

    • Humour
      February 2016

      How to be an Alien in England

      A Guide to the English

      by Angela Kiss

      ‘In England everything is typical. If your train is late, it is typical. If there are no seats on the upper deck of a bus, it is typical. If it starts to rain at five o’clock just before you leave work, it is typical.’ ‘Never contradict The English during weather talk. If they say that 15 degrees is “quite unbearably hot” then either you just say “indeed, it is quite unbearably hot” or you shut up and nod.’ Ten years ago, Angela Kiss arrived in the UK without a word of English. All she brought with her was a small bag, a sense of adventure, a desire to work and a copy of George Mikes’ classic 1940s humour book about the peculiarities of the British, How to be an Alien. Through every dodgy flat share, low-paid waitressing job, awkward date and office mishap, Angela held tight to George’s wit and wisdom. With his help she began to understand how to live amongst the English – with their eccentricity, spirit and singing train drivers – and fell in love with a land rich in green spaces, pubs and puddings. A wry, often affectionate view on the English, and how to navigate our national personality.

    • Humour
      February 2012

      Medical Jokes & Humour

      by Clifford Sawhney

      While many Indian joke books are jokes themselves, this book avoids the pitfalls by its professional approach towards compilation, rewriting and editing. The book comprises the world’s best adult medical jokes, quips, quotes and humour. Bold and bawdy lines that don’t make it between the covers of joke books in India make an appearance here. Unlike many joke books that are a start-to-finish affair without categorisation, this book is divided into 21 chapters that facilitate easy reading. The chapters include: Nurses, Surgeons, Gynaecologists, Sex Therapists, Viagra, AIDS, Veterinarians, Optometrists, Limericks, Wisecracks and a Medical Glossary, amongst others. This book is not meant for those whose sensibilities are easily hurt or people with an ill-developed sense of humour. But for those who love non-vegetarian fare of medical humour, this book is just what the doctor prescribed!

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      June 2017

      The World According to Theologygrams

      Making sense of Christianity through badly-drawn diagrams

      by Rich Wyld

      A follow-up to Theologygrams, this second book follows the same structure – theology themed diagrams plus commentary on each double-page, taking the reader deeper into the meaning and interpretation of the subject matter with wit and humour. ;

    • Medicine
      September 2014

      The Dark Side, Real Life Accounts of an NHS Paramedic

      The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly

      by Andy Thompson

      Andy Thompson’s true-to-life, graphic and gripping account of his work as an NHS paramedic in Britain’s A&E emergency Ambulance Service will shock you, sadden you, entertain you, and perhaps inspire you. You’ll smile at some of Andy’s real patient encounters, while others will cause you to wipe a tear. Using official NHS documentation recorded at the time to give precise details of each incident, Andy has held firm to the real-life accounts, even in keeping the dialogue as close as his memory allows to what was really said at the time. It’s as if you’re there next to him, struggling with the effects of adrenaline and fighting to save life. This is a rare work of medical non-fiction delivered in a way that is factual, informative, but at the same time naturally entertaining and moving, written with candour and humour. And if you have ever thought what it takes to become a paramedic - or any other of the specialist vocations - and that you could never achieve it yourself, Andy’s inspiring story of how he went from postman to frontline healthcare professional, fulfilling his dream, will make you think again that anything is possible if you have the desire. Andy says there are no heroics in the book and that he simply did his job, but we are sure The Dark Side will leave you convinced there are true heroes on our streets right here, right now. Saving lives every day, every night and often against all the odds. It might even change your whole perspective on life.

    • Fantasy

      Paradise Is Not Heaven

      by Rick Lane

      What do you do when humans destroy their home planet, Atlantis? Creator decided to rejuvenate Atlantis. Paradise is not Heaven follows the process using characters from Biblical, Classical and Norse mythology to do the work. Zeus and his team are the guardians of Atlantis and Zeus is held responsible for the destruction which he denies. Creator has another planet, Wotanworld, which is evolving more in tune with Creator’s wishes. Odin and his team are Wotanworld’s guardians. Odin is charged with overseeing the rebirth of Atlantis together with keeping Zeus aware of his guilt. The characters do not do this to the exclusion of all else. They fall in love, toil, even to give birth during the period of rejuvenation. Paradise is the home of the Creator and the mythological characters. Heaven is where all forms of live wish to live.

    • Humour
      November 2011

      A Married Man's Guide To Christmas

      by Robert Henry

      In the great tradition of guy-humor everywhere, here comes humorist Robert Henry’s growling, good-hearted rant about holiday madness, A MARRIED MAN’S GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS. Henry reveals the truth about Christmas through the eyes of a typical married man. “Remember, it’s not how you celebrate the joyous season. It’s whether you are still alive, married, sleeping indoors, with a healthy prostate, and without a rap sheet on January 4th that counts.” Husbands will laugh out loud. Dads will slap their knees and keel over (have CPR ready). Wives, daughters, sisters, mothers, aunts, female co-workers and sales clerks who dread seeing men mumble and mutter their way through the Christmas section at BIG BOX DISCOUNT WAREHOUSE will nod in recognition at the syndrome best described as “CAN I SURVIVE UNTIL NEW YEAR’S?” A Married Man’s Guide To Christmas is a must for every guy who wants the women in his life to understand why he’d rather buy them gift certificates than brave the treacherous online world of lingerie catalogs. Why have just a joyous season, when you can have a Christmas filled with laughs that don’t include finding pictures of Uncle Herbert in a teddy? Irreverent, honest, and biodegradable, Robert Henry has captured the essence of the holiday season for all men in A Married Man’s Guide To Christmas. So grab it today for all the beleaguered males on your Xmas list and all the long-suffering females who just want the lights strung on the front porch by Christmas Eve, the honey-do list completed before Aunt Sookie arrives with her flatulent Pekinese, and that expensive bottle of Scotch left mostly full until the tinsel is hung, the presents are wrapped, and the home owner’s association has accepted your apology for spelling out a less-than-jolly greeting in solar-powered candy canes on your front lawn.

    • Humour
      March 2012

      From Astral Sex to Zen Tea Bags

      by GERRY THOMPSON

      A handy guide for anyone who wishes to sound pompous, affected and self-obsessed, especially in the alternative, eco-friendly or mind-body-spirit realms. A hilarious antidote to self-developers and social media geeks; a no-holds-barred parody of those navel-gazers and karmic sojourners who may just be taking themselves a little too seriously. Sample entries:·Beaverweaver: Male who poses as a shaman purely in order to pick up women.·Macroneurotics: An obscure food cult and eating disorder, which came to the West from Japan in the nineteen-fifties, and gained a considerable following among reformed drug dealers in the USA. Macroneurotics holds that food is the only important thing in the Universe. The three main foods, held to be able to create total health, happiness, success, fulfilment and enlightenment, are brown rice with miso soup, brown rice with seaweed, and brown rice on its own.·Mistake: There isn't any such thing as a mistake there are only 'learning experiences'.

    • Humour

      Goldenballs

      by Richard Ingrams

      Part real-life thriller, part comedy, this is the bizarre story of the long and complex legal battle between Sir James Goldsmith and Private Eye.In January 1976, the millionaire tycoon Jimmy Goldsmith issued over sixty libel writs against the satirical magazine Private Eye and thirty-seven of its distributors. At the same time, he applied to the High Court to bring an action for Criminal Libel against the magazine, the first time the law had been invoked against a paper for over thirty years. The ensuing struggle lasted over a year, involved at least twelve hearings and attracted more attention than any libel action of modern times.In this book, Richard Ingrams pulls all the threads of the story together and gives his own theory of why the action was brought in the first place.

    • Humour

      Scotland for Beginners

      Bannockburn An' A' That

      by Rupert. Besley

    • Law

      The Little Book of Loony Laws

      by Christine Green

      A little book that takes a quirky look at the world and finds that, universally, the law is an ass! The Little Book of Loony Laws reveals over 250 loony laws and rules - some current, some ancient. Whether it's a French law that bans kissing on trains, a law that bans wiggling while dancing in California, or a Lithuanian law, repealed in 2002, that made women have gynaecological examinations before taking their driving test, this collection will lighten the day of all readers.

    • Humour
      March 2016

      A Month of Sundays

      by John Owens

      John O’Driscoll is madly in love with Karen Black but is so mesmerised by her beauty that in her presence his brain refuses to function. He walks in fear of school governor Father Kennedy, a man with nasal hair so terrifying it gives grown men nightmares and sends small animals scurrying for cover. And all O’Driscoll’s efforts to impress Karen seem to end in disaster and public humiliation at the hands of the cantankerous cleric. Will O’Driscoll stay out of the pub long enough to win Karen over? Will he stay out of Father Kennedy’s reach for long enough to have his teaching contract renewed? Follow the adventures of our bumbling hero over a month of Sundays as he embarks on a shambolic quest to save his job and win the heart of the woman he loves.

    • Humour

      'Away An' Ask Yer Mother!'

      by Allan. Morrison

      Allan Morrison's penchant for collecting couthy Scots sayings over the years has resulted in a rich seam of books over the past five years. This latest is no different as Allan has given dad's their chance to have their say in this surefire bestseller. 'Away An' Ask Yer Mother!' is a compilation of those phrases and sayings which henpecked and harassed (and well-loved) dad's have uttered to their children over the years. Do you remember these classics? 'YE NEED TAE DAE WHIT YE HAVE TAE DAE, AFORE YE CAN DAE WHIT YE WANT TAE DAE!' 'IT'S OK WI' ME IF IT'S OK WI YER MOTHER.' 'NOW, BE GOOD! AND IF YOU CAN'T BE GOOD BE CAREFUL. AND IF YOU CAN'T BE CAREFUL, DON'T CA'IT EFTER ME!' 'EVERYONE IN THIS HOUSE IS ENTITLED TO MY OPINION!' 'JUST WAIT TILL I GET YOU HOME.' It is recommended that you repeat the father's sayings in this book out loud, preferably with a lump in your throat, a slightly red face, a wagging vinger and a loving heart!

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