• Humour

      Scotland for Beginners

      Bannockburn An' A' That

      by Rupert. Besley

    • Cartoons & comic strips

      Strike Four!

      The Crankshaft Baseball Book

      by Tom Batiuk (author/artist), Chuck Ayers (artist)

      “It is somehow fitting that the pinnacle of Crankshaft’s baseball career was pitching for the only team in the world named after a sort of misfit duck.”—Jamie Farr, from the ForewordThe Toledo Mud Hens—a farm team for the Detroit Tigers—once had a budding pitcher named Ed Crankshaft. At least that’s how partners in cartooning, writer Tom Batiuk and artist Chuck Ayers, scripted the main character in Crankshaft. This enjoyable volume collects all of Crankshaft’s baseball-themed exploits. Fans will enjoy revisiting Crankshaft’s reminisces about his minor league pitching career and his comic attempts to recapture his youthful successes on the diamond. Strike Four! portrays Crankshaft’s greatest triumph when, on a sultry summer night in 1940, the Tigers came to town for an exhibition game against the Mud Hens. Pitching for the Mud Hens, Ed faced the top of the Tigers lineup—Hank Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer, and Rudy York—and struck out all three. The next year, the Tigers called Ed up to the major leagues, but unfortunately, so did Uncle Sam. After his service, Crankshaft returned home, but not to play baseball. He married and had two daughters. His grandson Max was his last chance to reprise his baseball career, but it was not meant to be. Strike Four! The Crankshaft Baseball Book allows Batiuk and Ayers to explore a man’s life and humorously and touchingly to examine how only barely touching the brass ring shaped it—and left him a little cranky.

    • Biography & True Stories
      October 2014

      The Dark Side, Part 2 - Real Life Accounts of an NHS Paramedic

      The Traumatic, the Tragic and the Tearful

      by Andy Thompson

      Following up on his well-received first book, Andy Thompson provides another captivating, thought-provoking and at times intense glimpse into the daily life of a Paramedic working in the UK’s National Health Service. In the style of his first book, Andy recalls each event from the detailed documentation recorded at the time, each account written in a way that puts the reader right there next to him so that you live the events in real-time, hear the dialogue between paramedics, patient, their loved ones and other healthcare professionals as it would have been, and share in Andy’s thought processes during each of the ten very different situations he encounters. The term ‘The Dark Side’ describes the frontline emergency aspect of the Ambulance Service, since paramedics frequently experience sombre situations. In ‘The Dark Side, Part 2’ you will share in some truly traumatic, tragic and tearful events involving a seemingly vibrant, healthy young patient, a prison inmate, the victims of an horrific car crash, heart attacks, a frightening epileptic fit, the alarming effects of an allergic reaction, and what can happen when under-strain doctors prescribe the wrong medication. But there’s still room for lighthearted moments and a taste of the sometimes dark humour that allows paramedics to continually deal with events most of us would find too horrific. The detail in the descriptions of the care given to each patient on-scene by Andy and his colleagues will have you marvelling at the ability of these healthcare professionals to work at such speed of thought, buying enough time to deliver a patient into the specialist hands of hospital care and often full recovery. Of course there are inevitably also those times when tears of hope turn to tears of despair for loved ones. You cannot feel that pain until it happens to you, but this book will bring you mighty close to it at times.

    • Art techniques & principles
      November 2014

      THE PRACTICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CARTOONING

      Learn to draw cartoons step by step with over 1500 illustrations

      by Ivan Hissey & Curtis Tappenden

      This detailed guide begins with essential techniques from different pen strokes to the various styles of sketching. It includes a wide variety of exercises that will allow the reader to perfect their skills - from lessons in anatomy, facial expression and depicting movement to dressing the character, creating dialogue and using backgrounds. The text explains concepts and methods used by cartoonists to help build a scene, develop a narrative and create a wide range of scenarios in which the characters can interact. The book also unravels the complexities of digital manipulation, with illustrative screengrabs and explanations of the methods used, step by step. A comprehensive and practical guide to drawing cartoons successfully shown in more than 1500 illustrations Filled with projects and exercises to help strengthen key skills such as facial expression, creating a mood, bringing a character to life, caricature, making cartoon strips, using speech bubbles and much more Detailed enough for the cartoonist looking to hone skills, but yet accessible enough for the complete amateur Includes section on digital cartooning techniques southwater An imprint of Anness Publishing Ltd. www.southwaterbooks.com; info@anness.com Southwater is distributed in the UK by Book Trade Services, Blaby Road, Wigston, Leicester LE18 4SE. Tel: +44 0116 275 9060; Fax: +44 0116 275 9090 email: uksales@booktradeservices.com. For any special sales or translation information contact Paul Anness on panness@anness.com CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Cartoons & comic strips

      Carry On Ambulance

      True stories of ambulance service antics from he 1960's to the present day

      by Allan Dawson

      A book of over 100 cartoons and stories recording some extraordinary, bizarre and comical moments of forty-odd years in the ambulance service. Many of these events happened before political correctness had been invented. In the interests of all concerned, the names and locations have been altered to protect the guilty but all the stories are true.

    • Cartoons & comic strips

      Carry on ambulance

      True stories of ambulance service antics from he 1960's to the present day

      by Allan Dawson

      A book of over 100 cartoons and stories recording some extraordinary, bizarre and comical moments of forty-odd years in the ambulance service. Many of these events happened before political correctness had been invented. In the interests of all concerned, the names and locations have been altered to protect the guilty but all the stories are true.

    • Cartoons & comic strips
      August 2019

      Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?

      by Grundel, Heinz

      The wolf returns – and with him an heated debate about his place within our civilized society! A cheeky contribution by cartoonist Heinz Grundel: always funny but with serious background and sometimes a little dark-humoured.

    • Cartoons & comic strips

      Just Retirement

      by Brian Platt

      A tongue-in-cheek gift range to help people see the funny side of everyday life. All illustrations are the original work of talented cartoonist. Brian Platt. Six books make up the series.

    • Drawing & drawings

      How to Draw Cartoons

      by Brian Platt

      Fun, simple and entertaining – this book will help the complete novice turn out professional looking cartoons in minutes. Suitable for all age groups.

    • Crime & mystery

      The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes - Paperback

      by Glenn Schatell (compiler)

      Norman Schatell was the leading Sherlock Holmes artist of the 1970s. 'The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes' is a collection of over 300 humorous cartoons and illustrations based on the characters that appear in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's' famous stories. Many of the cartoons and drawings originally appeared in 'The Baker Street Journal', the British 'Sherlock Holmes Journal', 'The Armchair Detective', 'The Baker Street Miscellanea', and 'The Serpentine Muse'. Murder Ink, a former New York City mystery book shop, used fifteen of the cartoons to illustrate a line of stationery. The book includes the comical 'Arts and Crafts' Sherlock Holmes drawings, 'The Anthropological Holmes' (a fanciful look at Sherlock Holmes in ancient civilizations and around the world), and many of the illustrated envelopes he mailed to his friends. The book is a must for all Sherlock Holmes buffs - and a treat for anyone who enjoys the stories, movies, and television shows.

    • Crime & mystery

      World of "Vanity Fair" by Bertram Fletcher Robinson, The

      by Spiring, Paul R.

      Bertram Fletcher Robinson edited Vanity Fair between 1904 and 1907. During his editorship, he began advertising widely and also swapped publishing house from Arthur Evans to Harmsworth. These actions coupled with the recruitment of writers such as PG Wodehouse saw an increase in the readership of Vanity Fair. Between December 1905 and February 1907, Robinson also had a series of fifteen articles entitled Chronicles in Cartoon published in The Windsor Magazine. Within these articles, Robinson reviews the most prominent caricatures and accompanying Jehu Juniors to appear in Vanity Fair between 1868 and 1907. Collectively, these articles provide a fascinating insight into every aspect of late Victorian-life and they will interest both collectors of the famous caricatures and historians. During January 1907, Bertram Fletcher Robinson died aged just 36 years. His untimely death occurred just two months after he relinquished the editorship of Vanity Fair and just one month before the conclusion of his serialization, Chronicles in Cartoon. It is very likely that had he lived, he would have sought to have the fifteen items that were published in The Windsor Magazine compiled and republished in book form. Moreover, it is probable that he would have considered this work to be his magnum opus given that he was a graduate of History from Cambridge University. This book affords Robinson that posthumous opportunity.

    • Drawing & drawings

      How to Draw Cartoons

      by Brian Platt

      Fun, simple and entertaining – this book will help the complete novice turn out professional looking cartoons in minutes. Suitable for all age groups.

    • Humour

      Just Dogs

      by Brian Platt

      A tongue-in-cheek gift range to help people see the funny side of everyday life. All illustrations are the original work of talented cartoonist. Brian Platt. Six books make up the series.

    • Humour

      Just Cats

      by Brian Platt

      A tongue-in-cheek gift range to help people see the funny side of everyday life. All illustrations are the original work of talented cartoonist. Brian Platt. Six books make up the series.

    • Humour

      Just Religion

      by Brian Platt

      A tongue-in-cheek gift range to help people see the funny side of everyday life. All illustrations are the original work of talented cartoonist. Brian Platt. Six books make up the series.

    Subscribe to our newsletter