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Guardian's Best Non-Fiction, 2019 The Tablet's Highlights of 2019 Personality tests. Team-building exercises. Forced Fun. Desktop surveillance. Open-plan offices. Acronyms. Diminishing job security. Hot desking. Pointless perks. Hackathons. If any of the above sound familiar, welcome to the modern economy. In this hilarious, but deadly serious book, bestselling author Dan Lyons looks at how the world of work has slowly morphed from one of unions and steady career progression to a dystopia made of bean bags and unpaid internships. And that's the 'good' jobs... With the same wit that made Disrupted an international bestseller, Lyons shows how the hypocrisy of Silicon Valley has now been exported globally to a job near you. Even low-grade employees are now expected to view their jobs with a cult-like fervour, despite diminishing prospects of promotion. From the gig economy to the new digital oligarchs, Lyons deliciously roasts the new work climate, while asking what can be done to recoup some sanity and dignity for the expanding class of middle-class serfs.
'Thrillingly honest, funny, incisive and hopeful, this is the perfect gateway into a discussion on mental health' Marian Keyes
'Truly one of the most powerful books about mental health that I’ve ever read.' Daisy Buchanan
One of the Independent's top ten millennial memoirs of 2019
How not to be good? Let me list the ways…
Are you a woman? Do you make to-do lists to stop you losing your mind? Have you ever cried in the toilets at work, had a meltdown in the supermarket, or gone off the rails at a hen party?
And have you ever been saved from any of the above by your truly brilliant friends?
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then this is the book for you. A moving, funny and brutally honest memoir of one woman’s millennial misadventures, The To-Do List and Other Debacles follows Amy Jones on her journeys through friendship, marriage and mental health disasters in a story that’s as relatable as it is riotous.
Coward, scoundrel, lover and cheat, but there is no better man to go into the jungle with. Join Flashman in his adventures as he survives fearful ordeals and outlandish perils across the four corners of the world. Wanted: a double-crossing and philandering Harry Flashman. Desperate to leave New Orleans, Flashy must continue his American adventures out West, bound for the Californian goldfields.
A laugh-out-loud and exceedingly irreverent collection of comics from the #1 hit web comic, Cyanide and Happiness. Complete with 150 of their funniest classic comics as well as well as 30 brand new ones. WARNING - This book is illicit, inappropriate, insensitive, perverse, profane, depraved, reprehensible, and, well, just plain wrong. Rob D., Matt, Dave and Kris have been drawing the #1 hit web comic, CYANIDE AND HAPPINESS, since 2005. Loaded with inappropriate jokes, irreverent characters, and deviant behaviour, stick figures have never been more twisted. Now, for the first time, fans can get CYANIDE AND HAPPINESS: I'M GIVING YOU THE FINGER, an exclusive collection of 150 classic comics as well as 30 brand new, never-before-seen strips. You'll laugh out loud at trademark characters like Superjerk, Ass Rape Man, Obese Maurice, and the Purple-Shirted Eye Stabber. Laughing never felt this wrong...
`What do you like doing best in the world, Pooh?' `What I like best in the whole world is Me and Piglet going to see You, and You saying, `What about a little something?' and Me saying, 'Well, I shouldn't mind a little something, should you, Piglet.' Winnie-the-Pooh has never been shy about his love of good food especially when his friends offer him a little smackerel of something or other. If you know, or even are, a real food lover, then this is the perfect little gift for you. Filled with A.A.Milne's most delicious quotes and E.H.Shepard's tempting drawings, you'll soon find yourself drooling over a honey pot or two. It is part of a brand-new range of Winnie-the-Pooh gift books for adults - a beautifully presented range of four books to collect and enjoy! Also available in the Now We Are Grown Up Winnie-the-Pooh gift book series: Winnie-the-Pooh: Doubt & Disquiet for Worriers 9781405291972 Winnie-the-Pooh: Deep Thoughts & Ponderings for the Wise 9781405291965 Winnie-the-Pooh: Gloom & Doom for Pessimists 9781405291118
"The cartoon hero of the workplace." --San Francisco Examiner Dilbert is the cubicle-bound star of the most photocopied, pinned-up, downloaded, faxed, and e-mailed comic strip in the world. As fresh a look at the inanity of office life as it brought to the comics pages when it first appeared in 1989, this new Dilbert collection comically confirms to the working public that we all really know what's going on. Our devices might be more sophisticated, our software and apps might be more plentiful, but when it gets down to interactions between the worker bees and the clueless in-controls, discontent and sarcasm rule, as only Dilbert can proclaim.
How fluent are you in emoji? Test out your skills in Emoji Puzzles, full of tips and trivia, facts, puzzles and games to satisfy any emoji expert. Can you recognise the film Forrest Gump when it is written in emoji? How about the lyrics to Adele's Hello? Covering categories such as film, music, celebrities, superheroes, video games, famous events and many more. Emoji Puzzles is the perfect gift for any Emoji-mad member in your family, which, last time we looked, was everyone!
Escape the real world and enter into the magical realm of unicorns with this little book of positivity. Illustrated with adorable, adorkable unicorns, each spread comes with a funny or inspiring quote reminding you to follow your dreams, and always think unicorn. Perfect for giving an inspiring boost to your day, or as a cheering gift for a friend who needs a little more unicorn in their life, this is a cute and covetable little book that is bound to spread smiles wherever it goes.
Not for many years has there been such a divisive issue as Brexit, and like all divisive issues it has provided a bonanza for cartoonists. This generous selection of pocket cartoons captures the sheer bewilderment and exasperation which have bedevilled us all since the referendum. Some of the cartoons favour one side or the other, but most celebrate (or at least commemorate) a period of unique bafflement. With the emphasis much more on ordinary people than on the politicians, The Penguin Book of Brexit Cartoons will bring together at Christmas-time even the most riven families.
How well do you know your words?; Buxom used to mean obedient; A cloud was a rock; Raunchy originally meant dirty; Brimming with hidden histories and tantalising twists, The Accidental Dictionary tells the extraordinary stories behind ordinary words.; Our everyday language is full of surprises; its origins are stranger than you might think. Any word might be knocked and buffeted, subjected to twists and turns, expansions and contractions, happy and unhappy accidents. There are intriguing tales behind even the most familiar terms, and they can say as much about the present as they do the past.; Busking, for instance, originally meant piracy. Grin meant to snarl. A bimbo was a man, nice meant ignorant, glamour was magic and a cupboard was a table...; Focusing on 100 surprising threads in the evolution of English, The Accidental Dictionary reveals the etymological origins and quirky developments that have led to the meanings we take for granted today. It is a weird and wonderful journey into words.; So, let's revel in its randomness and delight in its diversity - our dictionary is indeed accidental.
Award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe, following her hit book Animal, turns her attention to the stuff that makes the world go round - sex, power and money. Sara Pascoe has decided to confront her fear of the male libido and wade into the evolutionary science that drives human sexual response. Considering modern manifestations of male sexuality - from penis anxiety to anti-fapping, from pornography to paying for sex - Sex Power Money examines how biology, instinct and economics interact to underpin our sexual behaviours. Why don't people care about the welfare of the people they masturbate to? AND Why is there such stigma around those who work in the sex industry? WHEN Some women still want men to buy their dinner? In this comedic and educational hopscotch over anatomy, the history of sexual representation and the sticky way all human interactions are underwritten by wealth, Pascoe wonders: can consent be bought? Does everyone have a price? Can we escape the paradox of heterosexuality if women can't help but admire status, and men obsess about youth and physicality? Drawing on anecdotal experience, unqualified opinion, interviews and research, Sex Power Money is thought-provoking, hilarious and challenging: a fresh take . . . on the oldest discussion. Praise for Sara Pascoe's previous book Animal: 'Brilliant.' Frankie Boyle 'Some comics serve up their anxieties just for laughs; Pascoe draws on hers to offer provocative (and positive) new perspectives on the world.' Guardian 'A tremendously exciting voice: timely, intelligent and buzzing with comedic charm . . . Pascoe has something to say and a thoroughly engaging way of saying it.' The Times 'The funniest, best book about sexuality, sex and sexy - and not so sexy - time ever written. I love it.' Jessica Hynes
Just like millions of children around the world, each Christmas Oor Wullie sits down and writes a letter to Santa. This year, his letter is a little bit special because Oor Wullie has written a poem to Santa and is sharing it with his legions of fans. Full of humour and fun, Oor Wullie tells Santa about all the things he's done during the year and how he's been as good as gold - except for a lapse or two here and there, like the time he accidentally knocked off PC Murdoch's hat again. Oh yes, and that time with his catapult last summer. Apart from that he's tried really hard to be good. Honest! Set out in a new format with beautiful new illustrations, Oor Wullie's Letter to Santa will appeal to the many thousands of Oor Wullie fans around the world. But will Santa deliver a present to Oor Wullie this Christmas? And how will he reply to Wullie's heartfelt poem? With a poem of his own, of course!
A neat, handbag-sized package, with one-colour illustrations throughout, at a Secret Santa price point. A book to sit on the shelf beside colouring books and the mindfulness journal - a gentle reminder of the simple joys of life.
Discover white sandy beaches, fly a Spitfire and tuck in to the perfect fish & chips.
If you want to skydive or swim with sharks, stop reading now. This book is all about achievable adventures that celebrate the very best of Britain. Travel writer Richard Madden has compiled the ultimate bucket list of unique experiences that can be enjoyed in the UK from cheese rolling in Gloucestershire and stargazing in Northumberland, to a cliff- top theatre in Cornwall or an opera with a champagne picnic and magnificent views of the South Downs.
The adventures to be ticked off the list also include glamping, exploring ancient castles and foraging for wild food. And of course (this being Britain) there are plenty of ideas for rainy days.
Soppy meets Sarah's Scribbles in this sweet collection of comics about the simple, precious, silly, everyday moments that make up a relationship. What began as stray doodles on scraps of paper became an internet sensation when Catana Chetwynd's boyfriend shared her drawings online. Now, Catana Comics touches millions of readers with its sweet, relatable humor. Little Moments of Love collects just that - the little moments that are the best parts of being with the person you love.
Spinal Tap: The Big Black Box brings to the public, for the very first time, the story of the band in words, pictures and removable facsimile memorabilia. Turn your bookshelf up to 11 with this fully authorised publication. The book tells the story of the band, from the early days as The Originals, then The New Originals and The Thamesmen, before they settled upon Spinal Tap, and then their swift rise to fame and fortune, before their audience becomes "more selective", and crowd sizes dip. On the verge of splitting, the band hit number one in the Japanese charts, and on the story goes. Lifelong friends Nigel Tufnel and David St Hubbins are profiled, alongside long-time bassist Derek Smalls and keyboardist Viv Savage. Those close to the group are featured, including Ian Faith, Jeanine Pettibone, Sir Denis Eton-Hogg, Bobbi Flekman, and Artie Fufkin. All of Tap's records are reviewed, from the early skiffle sounds of 'All the Way Home' to the deep, meaningful 'Sex Farm', and including the experimental 'Jazz Odyssey', crowd favourite 'Gimme Some Money' and even the groundbreaking 'Break Like The Wind'. This book lets you look at, touch, feel - and maybe even smell - Spinal Tap as you have never looked at, touched and smelled them before.
Swearmasters extraordinaire Modern Toss are back with a sixth issue of comics entitled Work C'est la Merde, released in 2010. These cult satirical cartoonists bring more of the best in very-offensive-but-always-hilarious illustration, featuring regular favourites such as Mr Tourette, Cheese and Wine and Alan. This issue also features a series previously unseen Experimental Greetings Cards.
What if there's a hidden dimension to Donald Trump; a sensitive, poetic side? Driven by this question, Rob Sears began combing Trump's words for signs of poetry. What he found was a revelation. By simply taking the 45th President of the United States' tweets and transcripts, cutting them up and reordering them, Sears unearthed a trove of beautiful verse that was just waiting to be discovered. This groundbreaking collection gives readers a glimpse of Trump's innermost thoughts and feelings on everything from the nature of truth, to what he hates about Lord Sugar. And it will reveal a hitherto hidden Donald, who may surprise and delight both students and critics alike. Now with twelve all-new poems as we lurch deeper into the Trump presidency, this timely publication also includes Sears' scholarly footnotes and introduction, in which he excavates new critical angles and insights into the President's poetry which the casual reader might initially overlook.
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