• 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.

    • Humour collections & anthologies

      Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

      by Jerome K. Jerome (author)

      Text difficulty between popular and professional readers For English major and learners at intermediate and advanced levels Based on classic works, involving various fields of social sciences, adopting a bilingual format, providing cultural annotations Selected works of various subjects and styles, some being witty and humorous and some being sarcastic and heuristic

    • Humour collections & anthologies
      October 2014

      Humour Stories

      by Editorial Board

      “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it,” said C.S. Lewis, one of the greatest English writers of the medieval period. This book is a part of a set of ten books of the Greatest Classic Series containing fascinating and hilarious stories that will tickle your brain and make you laugh heartily with some of them having sarcastic or surprise endings -- all written by world famous authors, like O. Henry, Saki, Ambrose Bierce, Washington Irving, Charles Dickens and many more. Actually, the entire classic series has been aimed to enrich the young minds with the wonderful assets of English language and literature and to develop their interest in understanding the language, inculcating in them the reading habits, particularly among the school- going children in the age group of 12 to 18 years studying in higher classes from standard seven to twelve. This book contains an introductory page exclusively about the author, his brief life sketch, notable works and achievements along with word meanings of difficult words on each page marked and highlighted in the text for the students' convenience and easy understanding of the story. There is also an Exercise part after each story titled as 'An Understanding' containing four or five Questions which the reader/student has to answer making the book all the more interesting and reader-friendly. Therefore, these books are a must read for all the students, irrespective of their age, education and social background. Even the teachers may find it interesting and can recommend the books for the senior classes as supplementary reading.

    • Humour collections & anthologies
      August 2014

      Victorian Worthies

      Vanity Fair's Leaders of Church and State

      by Malcolm Johnson (By (author)), Ian Hislop (Foreword by), Revd Richard Coles (Foreword by)

      Victorian Worthies collects the very best caricatures of the leading church figures of Victorian Britain from the pages of the original Vanity Fair magazine. The brilliant colour cartoons by ‘Ape’ and ‘Spy’ and accompanying vignette by ‘Jehu Junior’ (editor Thomas Gibson Bowles) are here reproduced, with a brief modern-day biography by priest Malcolm Johnson. Includes portraits of William Gladstone, Samuel Wilberforce, Alfred Lord Tennyson, John Ruskin, Anthony Trollope, John Henry Newman, Benjamin Disraeli, Queen Victoria, William Spooner, Robert Baden-Powell, Winston Churchill, Edward VII, Cosmo Lang and G K Chesterton.

    • Literature: history & criticism
      June 2011

      Strategies of Humor in Post-Unification German Literature, Film, and Other Media

      by Editor(s): Jill E. Twark

      The fourteen chapters in this anthology feature original analyses of contemporary German-language literary texts, films, political cartoons, cabaret, and other types of performance. The artworks display a wide spectrum of humor modes, such as irony, satire, the grotesque, Jewish humor, and slapstick, as responses to unification with the accompanying euphoria, but also alienation and dislocation. Kerstin Hensel’s Lärchenau, Christoph Hein’s Landnahme, and vignette collections by Jakob Hein (Antrag auf ständige Ausreise und andere Mythen der DDR) and Wladimir Kaminer (Es gab keinen Sex im Sozialismus) are interpreted as examples of the grotesque. The popular films Lola rennt, Sonnenallee, Herr Lehmann, NVA, Alles auf Zucker!, and Mein Führer—Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler are reexamined through the lens of traditional and more recent humor or comic book theories. The contributors focus on how each artwork enriches four prominent postwall German cultural trends: post-unification identity reconstruction, Vergangenheitsbewältigung (including Hitler humor), New German Popular Literature (Christian Kracht’s ironic subtexts), and immigrant perspectives (a “third voice” in the East-West binary reflected here pointedly in Eulenspiegel cartoons). To date, no other scholarly work provides as comprehensive an overview of the diverse strategies of humor used in the past two decades in German-speaking countries.

    • Literature: history & criticism
      June 2011

      Strategies of Humor in Post-Unification German Literature, Film, and Other Media

      by Editor(s): Jill E. Twark

      The fourteen chapters in this anthology feature original analyses of contemporary German-language literary texts, films, political cartoons, cabaret, and other types of performance. The artworks display a wide spectrum of humor modes, such as irony, satire, the grotesque, Jewish humor, and slapstick, as responses to unification with the accompanying euphoria, but also alienation and dislocation. Kerstin Hensel’s Lärchenau, Christoph Hein’s Landnahme, and vignette collections by Jakob Hein (Antrag auf ständige Ausreise und andere Mythen der DDR) and Wladimir Kaminer (Es gab keinen Sex im Sozialismus) are interpreted as examples of the grotesque. The popular films Lola rennt, Sonnenallee, Herr Lehmann, NVA, Alles auf Zucker!, and Mein Führer—Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler are reexamined through the lens of traditional and more recent humor or comic book theories. The contributors focus on how each artwork enriches four prominent postwall German cultural trends: post-unification identity reconstruction, Vergangenheitsbewältigung (including Hitler humor), New German Popular Literature (Christian Kracht’s ironic subtexts), and immigrant perspectives (a “third voice” in the East-West binary reflected here pointedly in Eulenspiegel cartoons). To date, no other scholarly work provides as comprehensive an overview of the diverse strategies of humor used in the past two decades in German-speaking countries.

    • Humour collections & anthologies

      The Little Book of Loony Sex Laws

      by Christine Green

      A little book that takes a quirky look at the world of sex and finds that, universally, the law is an ass! The Little Book of Loony Sex Laws reveals over 250 loony sex laws and rules - some current, some ancient. Did you know that in the USA in Virginia in the county of Norfolk a law was passed banning women from wearing corsets. The reason being was because 'the privilege of admiring the curvaceous unencumbered body of a young woman should not be denied to the normal red-blooded American male'. And in Ohio, Cleveland, women aren't allowed to wear patent leather shoes for fear a man might see the reflection of something that he ought not to! In China thare is no law against prostitution because according to the authorities: "There is no prostitution in China. However, we do have some women who make love for money." In England...no sex is allowed on the back of a motorbike in the city of London! And finally from Greece...the ancient Greeks knew how to deal with adulterous men. A law was written that if caught in the act they would have their pubic hair removed and a large radish inserted up their rectum. Ther is no record af any repeal of this law!;The perfect antidote to our oversexed world, The Little Book of Loony Sex Laws is a must for Father's Day!

    • Humour collections & anthologies
      October 2005

      How to Be British Collection Two

      by Peter Christopher Legon

      Unsure whether our national character still exists? Reassurance is at hand. Following the remarkable success of the first How To Be British Collection, this second book turns the spotlight on yet more of our cultural curiosities – from kings and queens to kilts and custard. The richly detailed cartoons poke gentle fun at such treasured cultural institutions as afternoon tea, cricket, pubs and Do-It-Yourself, as well as putting under the magnifying glass some familiar ideas about national character: respect for privacy (ours, that is), politeness, sobriety, and love of tradition. With its celebration of our endearing and enduring oddities, The How To Be British Collection Two will amuse and delight Brit-watchers everywhere.

    • Humour collections & anthologies

      500 of the Most Witty, Acerbic & Erudite Things Ever Said About Money

      by Philip Jenks

      A collection of the most memorable quotes on money, wealth, investment, and business success, from a wide variety of sources. Including:- Legendary investors: Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, Jim Slater- Old-time billionaires: John D. Rockefeller, J. Paul Getty, Andrew Carnegie- Big swinging dicks: Bill Gates, Chris Gent, Allan Leighton- Entrepreneurs: Sam Walton, Ray Kroc, Jeff Bezos- Wits: H.L. Mencken, Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker- Comedians: Woody Allen, Steve Martin and Stephen Fry- Bankers and economists: Milton Friedman, J.K. Galbraith, John Maynard Keynes- Statesmen: Napoleon, Churchill, Thatcher- Rogues: Robert Maxwell, Ivan Boesky, Al Capone- Philosophers: Hegel, Goethe, Aristotleand many more!Ordered by subject, with a comprehensive index, this book contains sharp insights, witty one-liners, and thoughtful observations of the highest calibre.Whether you want something fun to dip into, or you want to pepper your conversation and writing with apercus which will have your audience gasping in admiration, this is the source.

    • Humour collections & anthologies

      The Little Book of Boris

      by Iain Dale

      Boris has star quality, loved by many, ridiculed by some, feared by others. With a shake of that foppish blonde mop, a glimmer of that madcap smile and the voice of the public school boy - Boris says things that few other politicians would or could (or perhaps should!) The allure of this blundering rapscallion of the Tory benches is that he is who he is, and does what he does. Whether his ethos enrages you or his policies prickle your principles, his magnetism is undeniable because he makes mistakes and says things that should not be said, perfect in his imperfection. This may be a little book, but thanks to Boris, it's big on fun, comedy, life and spirit. Containing a selection of the best Boris-isms for you to devour, quotes by Boris and quotes about him, many illustrated by specially commissioned Hoby cartoons, plus a handy reference to the history of Boris. Why not put a little bit of Boris into your life?

    • Humour collections & anthologies

      Curry Club

      A spicy short story

      by John Crofts

      A comic satire utilising curry references

    • Biography & True Stories
      May 2013

      The Valbonne Monologues

      by Chris France

      Living the life of the idle rich on the Cote d'Azur, here are some of the things being said about the author and his writing: - "The funniest book I have ever read." - "As funny as Wilt by Tom Sharp." - "50 shades of shite." - "As intellectually challenging as reading Heat magazine with a hangover." - "As appealing as sucking warm diarrhoea through a tramps sock." - "This book makes those who suggest you should never stop trying look really stupid." - "Somhow death seems a less daunting prospect after reading this book." - "If you want a gripping tale delivered with fine turns of phrase and an evocative prose, read another book."

    • Medicine

      The Psychedelic Traveller

      Short Stories

      by ANTHONY JAMES

      A collection of short stories from adventures and fantastic imaginings aroud the world. Each story is set in a different country, from Brazil to Siberia, from new Zealand to India. Each story is a cameo in itself, each one of a different mood, be it playful, or dark, of conflict or good humour. Stories will remind those who travel widely of the pitfalls and opportunities and remind all the readers that there is nothing more wonderful than this wonderful world and the ppeople in it.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      April 2014

      Get Around in English

      The Fun Language Guide

      by Martyn Ford & Peter Legon

      Where the How to be British books get their laughs out of culture and national character, the new title reveals the comic potential of English language learning itself. Get Around… is presented as a spoof practice book for learners eager to communicate, to get to grips with real English in real everyday social situations: On the bus, at the hotel, by the seaside, under the weather…. . And there are sections of ‘Vital Vocabulary’ which recall that time-honoured sub-genre of travel writing, the humble phrase book.

    • Humour

      Hard Abroad

      by Andy Frazier

      Trevor Hard – Try to his friends – likes to think he is just an ordinary chap. Yes he does have a few quirky rules about threes, and OK, he hears voices in his head, but besides that, his life is pretty uneventful as a civil servant. The problem for him is women or, to be more precise, the lack of them. After taking advice from a friend, Try sets off on a holiday to France for some cherchez la femme but pretty soon he realises he is being followed and from then on, things start to get a little difficult. Being chased by the police is one thing, but being pinned down by a sex-mad dog and its owner whilst trying to impress the most beautiful girl in the world is perhaps one challenge too many?

    • Agriculture & farming

      The Right Colour

      by Andy Frazier

      This touching tale tells of a calf born in a pedigree Aberdeen Angus herd, an unusual calf that although is black in colour, is the wrong kind of black. Her times of hardship and degradation evolve her into a somewhat exceptional character. Now an old lady nearing the end of her life she tells her own extraordinary and comical tale of her exciting journey towards fulfilling her destiny.

    • Humour collections & anthologies

      FOOTYNOTES - THE ULTIMATE COUNTDOWN - CHRIS KAMARA

      The Ultimate Countdown of Football Trivia

      by Chris Kamara

      This book is the result of many Friday evenings during the football season when Chris Kamara, preparing himself for commentaries the following day, and Richard Digance met up for a few beers and long chats about the sport they love. Either at Richard's house in the south when Kammy was at Frattan Park or St Mary's the following day, or at Kammy's house in Wakefield where Richard would stop off en route to filming his numerous appearances on Channel 4's Countdown, they began piecing together the content for this book of football trivia. Kammy is one of the most popular of Sky's football pundits as well as being an ex-player and manager at the top level. Richard enjoys the same passion for football having been a director of Yeovil Town and a lifelong fan of West Ham his place of birth.The two football trivia fans apologise for any inaccuracies which they blame on the late hours or the empty cans as they researched this book long into the night on many occasions. Not all trivia can be totally true but they both stress nothing was intentionally made up apart from the fact that Chris Kamara played 100 times for England and has more money than Roman Abramovich and that Richard married one of The Spice Girls before turning down a lucrative deal with Leyton Orient.Footynotes: The Ultimate Countdown of Football Trivia is packed full of the best footie trivia which is sure to enhance the reader's standing at dinner parties, on football terraces and at pub quizzes.

    • Humour
      September 2014

      Weekly World News

      by Neil McGinness

      Founded in 1979, the Weekly World News was an irreverent newspaper that played with sensationalist conventions in tabloid journalism. Iconic in its design and infamous in its content, it ran for twenty-eight years, and at its peak it had a circulation of 1.2 million per issue. It ceased to appear in print form in 2007, but has maintained its cult status with an on-line presence. (Recent startling stories include President Obama’s Executive Order to immediately begin carving his face on Mount Rushmore.) Weekly World News is now operated by Neil McGinness, formerly of National Lampoon, and it continues to generate the best of subversive but good-natured urban legends, trash tales and satirical pop culture stories - highlighting the absurdity of today’s celebrity obsessed tabloids.​ With its bold design, this book pays homage to print conventions of yesteryear, while reminding us of the important news that no one else was brave enough to report…

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