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If you're logofascinated, you are literally spellbound by language.; This surprising compendium of 1,000 facts about words, language and etymology is here to inspire your curiosity and delight in discovery. In Word Drops, you can delve into a smattering of unexpected connections and weird juxtapositions, stumble upon a new or remarkable word, or learn of many a bizarre etymological quirk or tall tale.; - Did you know that the bowl made by cupping your hands together is called a gowpen?; - And speaking of bowls, the earliest known reference to bowling in English dates from 1555, when bowling alleys were banned by an Act of Parliament.; - And that ties in nicely with the fact that the English called the Germans 'Alleymen' during the First World War.; - But in Navajo, Germany is called Beesh Bich'ahii Bikeyah-or 'metal cap-wearer land'.; Word Drops is a language fact book unlike any other, its linguistic tidbits all falling together into one long interconnected chain just like the example above with each fact neatly 'dropping' into place beside the next.; What's more, throughout, footnotes are used to give some informative and intriguing background to some of the most bizarre facts, covering everything from traditional Inuit games to the origin of the Bellini cocktail, from the precise length of one 'jiffy' to what the Romans thought hoopoe birds ate, and from what to expect on a night out with Dr Johnson to Samuel Pepys's cure for a hangover. Want to know the longest palindrome in Morse code, or who The Great Masticator was? Curious to know what Norwegian steam is, or what a jaaaar is? The answers are all here.; For all of the logofascinated among us, this is an immensely pleasurable and unpredictable collection that is guaranteed to raise eyebrows (the literal meaning, incidentally, of supercilious).
Eighty-five-year-old Hendrik Groen is fed up to his false teeth with coffee mornings and bingo. __________ Along with fellow members of the Old-But-Not-Dead Club, he embarks on a wild spree of octogenarian anarchy. But the home's director will not stand for any more drunken bar crawls, illicit fireworks or geriatric romance. The good name of the care home will not be disgraced. But when Hendrik learns of a plan to close the home down he realises life outside it could be much worse. He and the gang must stop the closure before it's too late. Or drop dead trying . . . __________ 'A joy to read. An entertaining and uplifting story of a man in the winter of his days' John Boyne, Irish Times 'Highly entertaining, utterly convincing. A delightful and touching saga of one man's way of coping with old age'Daily Express 'Terrific. This geriatric Adrian Mole made me laugh' Fanny Blake, Woman and Home 'A funny but also touching diary praised for its wit and realism' BBC Radio 4 Front Row
THE NEW ROMANTIC COMEDY FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE ROSIE PROJECT. Will he risk it all for a second chance at first love? 'After twenty-two years without any contact at all, Angelina Brown, my Great Lost Love, decides to change the world and emails Hi . . .' Adam Sharp met the love of his life on the other side of the world. He was playing in a bar in Australia when Angelina requested a song. It was the start of a relationship he's never forgotten - but not every duet ends on a high note. Two decades later and half a world away, Adam is stunned by Angelina's message. He thought he was happy. He thought he had everything. Now all he can think about is her. Adam has sung about second chances - but does he believe in them? And is he prepared to risk everything to find out if they ever come true? 'A very enjoyable read. Highly recommended' Closer 'With very real characters, an engaging plot and plenty of wit, this is a joy' Heat 'We love The Rosie Project author Graeme Simsion's The Best of Adam Sharp' Sun on Sunday
What's the worst that can happen? Are there aliens out there somewhere? What happens when I die? In Do You Know What?, our favourite sportsman-turned-comedian-slash-leftfield-thinker Freddie Flintoff expels an eclectic and entertaining smorgasbord of anecdotes, impressions, reflections, ruminations, musings, cogitations, observations, rants, confessions and pearls of wisdom on all aspects of life's rich tapestry. As a prolific philosopher of life's most unfathomable questions, Freddie uses his own inexplicable experiences - from the sublime: giving up booze, shopping in Poundland with his family, exploring the wonders of the universe with his mates; to the ridiculous: wrestling with WWE's finest, singing in a musical on the West End, pranking teammates - to help us all gain the comfort of his life mantra: What's the worst that can happen? Do You Know What? is an unexpectedly helpful, occasionally silly and absorbing brain dump on life and everything it holds, from one of Britain's most-loved national treasures.
Do you want to know more about the fight for women's rights, what we've achieved and how we got there? This helpful little guide will teach you the history, theory, big issues and everything you need to know to become a CARD-CARRYING FEMINIST.
At a time when wars are fought over scriptural interpretation, when the influence of religion on American politics has never been greater, when many Americans still believe in the Bible's literal truth, it has never been more important to get to know the Bible. "Good Book" is what happens when a regular guy--an average Job--actually "reads" the book on which his religion, his culture, and his world are based. Along the way, he grapples with the most profound theological questions: How many commandments do we actually need? Does God prefer obedience or good deeds? And the most unexpected ones: Why are so many women in the Bible prostitutes? Why does God love bald men so much? Is Samson really that stupid?
The Internet's favorite text-happy cat is back at it-with a little help from his friends. In this second volume, Mittens enjoys hilarious, snark-filled text volleys with his cast of quirky friends and family, which includes: Earl (the "filthy hound"), Stumpy (the best friend), Drunk Patty (the usually tipsy next-door neighbor), Grandma (giver of treats), and Fiona (Mitty's girlfriend). The perfect gift for the cat lover in your life, Texts from Mittens: The Friends & Family Edition is feline humor at its finest.
`I told my players during the break: Since we're here anyway, we might actually play a bit of football.' The Little Red Book of Klopp celebrates the best witticisms, sayings, and insults from Jurgen Klopp, accompanied by illustrations of the great man himself. Jurgen Klopp has almost single-handedly injected the passion back into English football with his charisma and high-tempo brand of the beautiful game. He has taken Liverpool into the Champions League Final and back to near the top of the Premier League. Matched only by his success on the pitch, Klopp has become renowned for his outspoken sayings off it, usually accompanied by his characteristic facial expressions and passionate arm waving. `When I gave the first interview, I was very disappointed. After the second one ten minutes later, I was feeling better. In thirty minutes, I'll probably feel like we won the match.'
Based on her bestselling range of greetings cards, Cath Tate brings you her unique take on a subject close to all our hearts: love. From grand passion to long-married cosiness, all aspects of this universal emotion are here, in more than 50 hand-coloured vintage photos paired with witty captions. Bursting with romantic sentiment, insightful wisdom and a tiny touch of cynicism, this devastatingly funny book, part of Cath's best-selling gift book series, is the perfect Valentine's present for the discerning lover. Word count: 2,000
Santa was coming! 'Twas bigger than big! But no-one was feeling more festive than PIG! No one loves Christmas more than Pig. And the world's greediest Pug will stay up all night to get his presents! Another laugh-out-loud book filled with holiday cheer, from the award-winning creator of PIG THE PUG (9781407154985).
Why settle down when you can hook up?
"Happily married people and perpetually single people are similar: We've both given up on dating and have merely chosen different exit strategies."
So begins Aaron Karo's hilarious exploration of bachelor life, from the alcohol-fueled pursuit of chicks in bars to sophisticated advances on defenseless bridesmaids. As his thirtieth birthday approaches, Karo observes the women around him growing increasingly desperate to tie the knot and finds himself equally determined--to remain uncommitted. What follows is an outrageous account of one man's quest to party like a rock star, get laid with abandon, and silence his critics in relationships with the rebuke "I'm having more fun than you." Irreverent, insightful, and relentlessly funny, Karo offers a unique glimpse into the world of guys who defy convention, morality, and their moms in order to preserve their independence.
For every cat that hisses and stares at you, there is a happy cat somewhere in the world that would love to receive your attention. A celebration of joyful and jubilant felines, this book is especially crafted for all the cat lovers out there who are desperate to have a puss that loves them back.
An annus horribilissimus for Alex, as the true extent of the sub-prime crisis reveals itself and the entire capitalist system teeters on the brink of collapse. Bankers suddenly find themselves Public Enemy Number One, held in lower public esteem than estate agents or politicians.
A massive and hilarious collection of true stories chronicling the most bizarre, amazing and absurd ways to die ever brought together. Awe-inspiring examples of stupidity and lack of combine to give you the most incredible cautionary tales about undignified ways you can exit the stage of life. The man who got into a fight with a monkey and lost ... the burglar who thought he was Santa Claus and got stuck in a chimney ... the fortune teller who did not foresee one of her clients would kill her ... the gangster who danced himself to death - all true reports from across the globe which reveal the most ridiculous ways you can meet your maker. These and hundreds of entertaining and fresh factual accounts are all here in Embarrassing Ways to Die. Death may seem like a serious business, but this is a seriously funny book.
What's married life like from the man's point of view? What does a wedding actually mean to a man? Do men really not know how to do laundry? Now, with masculinity in crisis (again), it's more important than ever to understand the secret lives of husbands. Couldn't our relationships be better navigated if we listened, impartially, to how the world looks from inside a man's head? Do they feel sad at the thought of never falling in love again? Would they ever admit that their partner's cooking is worse than their mother's? Melissa Katsoulis's mission is not to find the perfect husband, or the worst. It's about talking to married men and understanding their world. We are inundated with statistical research about gender and domestic politics but it doesn't tell us how things really feel to real men. Through interviews with ordinary men, experts and imaginary Greek gods, Melissa will uncover everything you need to know about the man in your life. From a whistle-stop tour of husbands through history to husbands in the nursery, husbands on holiday, husbands in the kitchen and husbands of a certain age, The Secret Life of Husbands is a warm and witty journey of discovery about the modern-day husband.
In this brilliant new edition of Pirates, Terry Deary reveals the terrible truth behind the lousy pirate legends and lies so forget the brave heroes swinging from masts and the handsome young men sailing the seven seas for this is history at its most horrible! Readers can: decide who was the baddest of the bunch in the top ten of putrid pirates discover why the women pirates were just as wicked as the men learn to talk the patter of a pirate Plus there are foul facts on the ships they sailed, the punishments they suffered and the rules they lived by. Now the nasty bits are at your fingertips!
In the realm of amusing, deadpan greetings cards, Cath Tate is the original and best. In her thirty-year career she has created thousands of witty, original and often subversive cards, featuring grim-faced old ladies, ludicrously dressed 1920s gentlemen and bizarre-looking children, paired with text that perfectly captures her highly individual and devastatingly funny view on the world. This hilarious book - a perfect gift for a beloved friend - brings together the best of Cath's work on friendship. Whimsical, scurrilous and - very occasionally - tender, it is packed with insights into today's modern friendships, from belligerent bookclubs to over-enthusiastic drama queens to ridiculous hen parties. After all, as Cath says, 'A friend is someone who likes you even though they know you.'
If you're Wilde about Shaw but not Shaw about Wilde, this classic collection of humorous literary quotations is the book for you. Within its pages you will find hundreds of hand-picked quotes in dozens of handy categories. All the big names are here, from Henry James to Clive James (no relation); from Waugh, Evelyn to War, Poets; from Dickens to Dictionaries and Twain to Twitter. Delve here and discover T. S. Eliot's advice on becoming a great writer (it's a bit anal). Find out what the critics said about Virginia Woolf and what Virginia Woolf said about the critics. And check out what it was about Jane Austen that got Mark Twain so hot under the choler! When dirt is dished, fat is chewed, sides are split and chins are wagged, the result, dear reader, is this richly entertaining book. "Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?" HENRY WARD BEECHER "Biographers know nothing about the intimate sex lives of their own wives but think they know all about Stendhal's or Faulkner's." MILAN KUNDERA "I hate writing. I love having written." DOROTHY PARKER "It was a good career move." GORE VIDAL, on the death of Truman Capote
Build yourself a box and think outside of it. Your time starts now ... In the TV show and on my marriage certificate, my job description is 'Taskmaster's Assistant'. That's what I do and it's an honour. I like Taskmaster a lot. And, of course, I love The Taskmaster. He's mountainous. If you feel in any way the same as me then you should enjoy this book. There are tasks for you, your friends and your family. There are secret things and sneaky tricks. And there is one swear word. So it's almost exactly like being on the show. Good luck. Make good choices. Let's do Him proud. Alex Horne Taskmaster's Assistant
For the uninitiated, the quinceanera celebrates the passage of a fifteen-year-old girl into adulthood: It's a bit bat mitzvah with a dash of debutante ball, and loaded with the same potential for hilarity and adolescent angst. In this original anthology, fifteen of the brightest and funniest Latino writers, men and women alike, share their own memories of these moving and often absurd extravaganzas--tales of that unique form of familial humiliation that is borne of the best intentions, fierce love, and the infectious joy of parents finally allowing their little girl to grow up.
If anyone knows a bit about life, it's Maw Broon. She doesn't need any new-fangled ways to keep her family and home in order. Now, for the first time, Maw shares her wisdom in this hilarious guide, offering her personal insights on the ups and downs of life and how best to deal with all sorts of family situations. Of course, when the rest of The Broons get involved, her best-laid schemes don't always run smoothly to plan!
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