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Make every day funny with the riotous journal companion to Gill Sims' smash hit Sunday Times bestseller Why Mummy Drinks. You're the proud owner of a journal called Why Mummy Drinks, so you almost certainly have no time at all for meditation, mindfulness or self-care (either the self-help sort or the euphemistic sort). This journal isn't about promising to make you a better person, or a happier one, or a thinner one or even a wiser one, because there's nothing wrong with the person you are. What it will do, is give you somewhere you can record your memories for the year. Or you can just skip straight to the drink recommendations at the end of each month. Totally up to you. Tired of the daily school drop off struggle? Needing a cold glass of pinot after parents' evening? Mummy knows exactly how you're feeling. Recount and reflect on the ups and downs, the joys and the trials of motherhood with this honest and laugh-out-loud journal companion. Featuring charming illustrations and creative prompts, as well as Mummy's hilarious reflections throughout the year, this journal is the perfect gift for Mums everywhere.
Mary Poppins is a story of taking practical steps towards happiness. It's looking at the bright side of life. It's setting boundaries, deciding what you want and making it happen. That's the path to being Practically Perfect For comedian Katy Brand, part of the joy of watching Mary Poppins as a child was the thrill of the film's iconic, no-nonsense heroine. Her unshakeable confidence, her staunch independence, and that touch of magic. Now she's all grown up, Katy takes another look beyond the talking umbrellas, bottomless bags and dubious cockney accents to show that Mary's still got something to teach us. She explores how the beloved nanny was brought to life from the page to the big screen, and delves into her most striking memories to uncover themes that are still as important now as they were at the time, from women's rights and poverty, to toxic masculinity and work-life balance. With interviews and insights from famous fans and friends, Practically Perfect is the common-sense manual for life that we never knew we needed, and sprinkles some supercalifragilistic magic along the way.
LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 'Blistering... The most truthful exploration of sisterhood I have enjoyed since Fleabag' The Times 'So, so clever and so concise yet just goes into the most profound issues in such depth' Vick Hope, Women's Prize for Fiction Judge 2021 '[A] gripping read about sisters, guilt, grief and revenge... I couldn't put it down.' Daily Mail 'Compelling... A brave, even dangerous book.' Preti Taneja, author of We That Are Young Saskia and Jenny are twins, alike in appearance only: Saskia has a single-minded focus on her studies, while Jenny is glamorous, thrill-seeking and capricious. Still, when Jenny is severely injured in an accident, Saskia puts her life on hold for her sister. Sara and Mattie are sisters with another difficult dynamic: Mattie needs almost full-time care, while Sara loves nothing more than fine wines, perfumes and expensive clothing, and leaves home at the first opportunity. But when their mother dies, Sara must move Mattie in with her. Gradually, Sara and Saskia learn that both their sisters' lives, and indeed their own, have been altered by the devastating actions of one man... In turns razor-sharp, provocative and precise, Consent is a blistering novel of sisters and their knotty relationships, of predatory men and sexual power, of retribution and the thrilling possibilities of revenge. LONGLISTED FOR THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE
This book explains violent and abusive behaviour and places it in a social context. It can help readers of any age and sexual orientation to change their own behaviour and to recognise when they are being controlled. "I can honestly say that without reading this book (9 times no less ) I don't think that I would be here today, relaxed in my own home with my children that I love so much."
Sally Parker's family has lost it all... But can they find what matters? 'I enjoyed it HUGELY. A real treat' MARIAN KEYES *** SHORTLISTED FOR THE COMEDY WOMEN IN PRINT PRIZE 2021 *** TREAT YOURSELF TO THE DELICIOUSLY WARM SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING NOVEL FROM THE MUCH-LOVED MEL GIEDROYC. 'I enjoyed it so, so much - a brilliant cast of characters and properly funny!' GRAHAM NORTON 'This book is a riot! Delicious in its detail' SOPHIE KINSELLA 'The Best Things is funny and fresh. No soggy bottoms here' CLARE MACKINTOSH 'Exactly like Mel herself: engaging, uproarious and gleeful. A stonking good read' JO BRAND 'A warm, honest and humorous look at a family and what really matters in life. Brimming with hilarious scenes and one-liners, it is also a redemptive book, and one of hope' WOMAN & HOME 'Wonderfully warm and uplifting, full of unforgettable characters and so much heart' RICHARD ROPER 'A warm contemporary fable bursting with colourful characters and comic energy' DAILY MAIL Sally Parker is struggling to find the hero inside herself. All she wants to do is lie down. Her husband Frank has lost his business, their home and their savings, in one fell swoop. Their bank cards are being declined. The children are running wild. And now the bailiffs are at the door. What does an ordinary woman do when the bottom falls out? Sally Parker is about to surprise everybody. Most of all herself. A big-hearted story of a family on the brink, The Best Things is a life-affirming tale of failing, falling and finding a way back up. REAL READERS ADORED AND RELISHED THE BEST THINGS... 'This book is everything I would have expected from the wonderful Mel Giedroyc. Funny and touching*****' 'I could hear Mel reading this book! Terrific characters. Very entertaining *****' 'Some very funny and clever writing. The final chapter might make your eyes leaky *****' 'One of the best things I've read this year. Please read it *****' 'I felt like Mel was reading this into my ear. A very human story. I was left with the warm fuzzys at the end****' 'A comedy that would make a brilliant film or sitcom. The Parker family are a chaotic, loveable bunch' 'I zipped through it with many an accompanying titter, the occasional chortle and the odd unladylike snort. A nice piece of escapism, so needed at this time ****' 'Warm, interesting, clever and funny, as well as poignant at times. A brave heroine, a cast of strong characters and a page-turner of a story *****' 'Glorious storytelling, this is a rich comedic feast of domesticity. Excellent characters. Kept me gripped throughout. It's going to be a big hit *****'
The indomitable Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng – affectionately known as Dr T – is passionate about making sexual health and well-being services available to all, regardless of their sexual and gender identities and their economic status.
This book is filled with the specifics of sexual anatomy and health as well as advice and facts about pleasure and sexual rights. Dr T, in her typically honest and warm way, makes the reader feel comfortable reading about topics that are not always discussed freely, providing ALL the information that demystifies sex and sexuality in a way that is entertaining and enlightening.
'A charming and heart-warming read that will warm your cockles this winter' Heat Thirty-nine-year-old Romane is a doctor and hypochondriac. Her usually uneventful life changes when one of her patients insists that she saw Romane coming out of a hospital in Marseille, looking very ill. But Romane is perfectly healthy and has never stepped foot in Marseille. So who did her patient see? Romane sets off for the south of France, determined to uncover the mystery of her lookalike. Her investigation leads her to Juliette, a bookseller in Avignon. When the two women meet it soon becomes clear they are twins. But how is it possible that neither of them knew of each other's existence? What secrets have their families been keeping? On their search for the truth the two sisters embark on an astonishing journey filled with both pain and joy... Sandrel's first novel, The Book of Wonders, was a global bestseller. It has been translated into 26 languages and will be adapted for the big screen. His second novel is a deeply moving and inspiring story about the quest for happiness and a second chance at life. PRAISE FOR THE BOOK OF WONDERS 'A sweet and heartfelt read' Heat 'Will make you rethink your priorities in life' Sunday Post 'Heart-warming and tear-jerking' Irish Examiner
A hilarious examination of faux pas for readers of Allie Brosh s "Hyperbole and a Half" and Jenny Lawson s" Let s Pretend This Never Happened " Humankind is doomed. Especially you. It s already too late. From overstaying your welcome at a party, to leaving passive-aggressive post-its on your roommate s belongings, to letting your date know the extent of the internet reconnaissance you did on them you're destined to embarrass yourself again and again. In "You Blew It!, "Josh Gondelman, comedian and co-creator of the Modern Seinfeld twitter account, teams up with Joe Berkowitz, an equally wry and ruthless social-observer, to dissect a range of painfully hilarious faux pas."" Breaking down the code violations of modern culture particularly our fervent, ridiculous addiction to technology Gondelman and Berkowitz will keep you laughing as they explore how social blunders are simply part of the mystery that is you."
'One drink. And if you never want to see me again you never have to see me again.' A quantum physicist and a beekeeper meet. They hit it off, or perhaps they don't. They might go home together, they might not. Constellations explores love, free will, and friendship through quantum multiverse theory and honey. Constellations premiered at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London, in 2012, and transferred to the Duke of York's. It opened on Broadway in 2015; and at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, in 2021. 'Nick Payne's gorgeous two-character drama, may be the most sophisticated date play Broadway has seen.' New York Times
Utterly absorbing . . . A beautiful book. Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild A bold piece of writing (and thinking) by an incredibly brave woman. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, LoveFifteen years ago, Krista Bremer was a surfer and an aspiring journalist who dreamed of a comfortable American life of adventure, romance, and opportunity. Then, on a running trail in North Carolina, she met Ismail, sincere, passionate, kind, yet from a very different world. Raised a Muslim--one of eight siblings born in an impoverished fishing village in Libya--his faith informed his life. When she and Ismail made the decision to become a family, Krista embarked on a journey she never could have imagined, an accidental jihad: a quest for spiritual and intellectual growth that would open her mind, and more important, her heart. A moving, lyrical memoir . . . A sweet and rewarding journey of a book. Kirkus Reviews Readers of memoir will welcome this love story about patience and kindness and learning the importance of putting culture first. Library Journal Lucid, heartfelt, and profoundly humane, My Accidental Jihad navigates the boundaries of religion and politics to arrive at the universal experience of love. G. Willow Wilson, author of Alif the Unseen Bremer s particular story strikingly highlights the (usually more mundane) cultural clashes and compromises inherent to every marriage or long-term relationship. Publishers Weekly"
We live in a hyper sexualised society. Porn, nudes, dates and hook-ups are easy to come by for anyone with an internet connection. Like fast food, sex has become quick and convenient to obtain, perfect looking, but void of any true nourishment. Is it any wonder we are having sex and intimacy problems? With biased and unrealistic portrayals of sex everywhere we turn, it is hard to form healthy expectations of sex. And when our 'sexpectations' are not met, our mental health, sexual wellbeing, self-esteem and relationships suffer. Clinical psychologist and sex therapist, Gemma Cribb, and award-winning sex journalist, James Findlay, help you explore your 'Great Sexpectations' and guide you through simple exercises to help you correct unhelpful beliefs and discover your authentic sexual self so that you can enjoy truly fulfilling relationships and sexual experiences.
WHO IS THE DEVIL YOU KNOW? Is it your lying, cheating ex-husband? Your sadistic high school gym teacher? Your boss who loves to humiliate people in meetings? The colleague who stole your idea and passed it off as her own? In the pages of The Sociopath Next Door, you will realize that your ex was not just misunderstood. He's a sociopath. And your boss, teacher, and colleague? They may be sociopaths too. We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people- 1 in 25 - has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday people, therefore, is secretly a sociopath. They could be your colleague, your neighbour, even family. And they can do literally anything at all and feel absolutely no guilt. How do we recognize the remorseless? One of their chief characteristics is a kind of glow or charisma that makes sociopaths more charming or interesting than the other people around them. They're more spontaneous, more intense, more complex, or even sexier than everyone else, making them tricky to identify and leaving us easily seduced. Fundamentally, sociopaths are different because they cannot love. Sociopaths learn early on to show sham emotion, but underneath they are indifferent to others' suffering. They live to dominate and thrill to win. The fact is, we all almost certainly know at least one or more sociopaths already. Part of the urgency in reading The Sociopath Next Door is the moment when we suddenly recognize that someone we know - someone we worked for, or were involved with, or voted for - is a sociopath. But what do we do with that knowledge? To arm us against the sociopath, Dr Stout teaches us to question authority, suspect flattery, and beware the pity play. Above all, she writes, when a sociopath is beckoning, do not join the game. It is the ruthless versus the rest of us, and The Sociopath Next Door will show you how to recognize and defeat the devil you know.
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