Combining the spirit of Britain's much-loved Bunty and Judy annuals with the humour of the Python classic Bert Fegg's Nasty Book for Boys and Girls, I An Distracted By Everything is a book to pour over, ponder on and laugh uproariously with.
'If anyone can get the nation to squeal along with delight, it's Liza Tarbuck'Radio Times
'Liza Tarbuck is the kind of best friend every girl wishes she had' Observer
'Liza Tarbuck is in my top five women in the world' Dawn French
'Liza Tarbuck is a national treasure' Sue Perkins
Liza Tarbuck is one of the country's best-known faces. Her popularity has grown with a mixture of both TV and radio presenting and acting, in both comedy and drama. In 2012 she took over the Saturday-evening slot on Radio 2. She is a regular guest on Just a Minute, QI and has guest-hosted Have I Got News For You. This is her first book.
A lot of my worst fears have come true; fears that felt so big I could barely hold them in my head. I was convinced that when they happened, the world would end.
But the world didn't end. In fact, it pushed on and demanded to keep spinning through all sorts of mayhem, and I got through it. And because I persisted, I learned lessons about how to be a stronger, kinder, better human – lessons you can only learn by going through these sorts of things.
This is for the people with minds that just don't stop; for those who feel everything a thousand times more than others around them.
Our skin is the one organ that most accurately reflects our inner health and wellbeing and yet it is rarely understood. Alexandra Soveral, one of the world’s most in-demand facialists, lifts the lid on everything you need to know – what the skin is, how it works, what affects it and, above all, how to make it as healthy as possible from the inside out and from the outside in.
Perfect Skin will give you...
...expert nutrition advice and skin-friendly recipes ...organic solutions to allergies and flare-ups ...all-natural skin-care products that you can find in your kitchen ...and uncover the myths, lies and pseudoscientific claims we are fed by brands
It's time to discover the organic way to healthy, glowing skin from the beauty industry's best-kept secret.
Welcome back to the imitable work of illustrator David Squires.
Most football fans can only dream of pulling on the shirt of their favourite team and running out in front of thousands of adoring fans. Pitch invaders aside, few of us get to experience that adrenalin rush. Of those who do make it as a professional footballer, even fewer realise the giddy heights of success.
In the Illustrated History of Football: Hall of Fame, cartoonist David Squires returns to celebrate those who straddle the game like giants; those talented, determined souls who were juggling tennis balls in the back streets before they could talk.
There’s more than one way to attain football immortality though, and Squires also turns his comic eye to the mavericks, the pioneers, the forgotten legends and the anti-heroes. From Pele to Meazza, Maradona to Socrates, you will be taken on an unforgettable journey through the good, the bad and the Hagi.
No other bird is quite so ever-present and familiar, so embedded in our culture, as the robin. With more than six million breeding pairs, the robin is second only to the wren as Britain’s most common bird. It seems to live its life alongside us, in every month and season of the year. But how much do we really know about this bird?
In The Robin Stephen Moss records a year of observing the robin both close to home and in the field to shed light on the hidden life of this apparently familiar bird. We follow its lifecycle from the time it enters the world as an egg, through its time as a nestling and juvenile, to the adult bird; via courtship, song, breeding, feeding, migration – and ultimately, death. At the same time we trace the robin's relationship with us: how did this particular bird – one of more than 300 species in its huge and diverse family – find its way so deeply and permanently into our nation’s heart and its social and cultural history? It’s a story that tells us as much about ourselves as it does about the robin itself.
History is full of strange animal stories, invented by the brightest and most influential, from Aristotle to Disney, and they reveal as much about us and the things we believe as they do about the animals they misrepresent. We once thought that eels were born from sand, that swallows hibernated under water, and that bears gave birth to formless lumps that were licked into shape by their mothers.
In The Unexpected Truth About Animals, zoologist Lucy Cooke unravels many such myths, revealing the fascinating – and often hilarious – facts she’s uncovered while chasing hyenas, spying on penguins and stalking drunk moose. You’ll learn why sloths risk their lives to poo, how bats joined the Allies in the Second World War, and the mystery of the beaver’s balls. And you'll discover that even the most outlandish theories may have some truth in them after all.
‘Dusk is filling the valley. It is the time of the gloaming, the owl-light. Out in the wood, the resident tawny has started calling, Hoo-hoo-hoo-h-o-o-o.’
There is something about owls. They feature in every major culture from the Stone Age onwards. They are creatures of the night, and thus of magic. They are the birds of ill-tidings, the avian messengers from the Other Side. But owls – with the sapient flatness of their faces, their big, round eyes, their paternal expressions – are also reassuringly familiar. We see them as wise, like Athena’s owl, and loyal, like Harry Potter's Hedwig. Human-like, in other words.
No other species has so captivated us.
In The Secret Life of the Owl, John Lewis-Stempel explores the legends and history of the owl. And in vivid, lyrical prose, he celebrates all the realities of this magnificent creature, whose natural powers are as fantastic as any myth.
'John Lewis-Stempel is one of the best nature writers of his generation' Country Life
In the high octane atmosphere of the Formula One pit lane, the spotlight is most often on the superstar drivers. And yet, without the technical knowledge, competitive determination and outright obsession from his garage of mechanics, no driver could possibly hope to claim a spot on the podium. These are the guys who make every World Champion, and any mistakes can have critical consequences.
That's not to say the F1 crew is just a group of highly skilled technical engineers, tweaking machinery in wind tunnels and crunching data through high spec computers. These boys can seriously let their hair down. Whether it be parties on luxury yachts in Monaco or elaborate photo opportunities in gravity-defying aeroplanes, this is a world which thrills on and off the track.
Join McLaren's former Number One mechanic, Marc 'Elvis' Priestley as he tours the world, revealing some of Formula One's most outrageous secrets and the fiercest rivalries, all fuelled by the determination to win.
This is Formula One as you've never seen it before.
Would you do the wrong thing for the right reasons?
I thought you could help me. You’ve just left me here to suffer.
Haunted by her grandmother’s dying words, Dawn can only take comfort in the oath she took on becoming a nurse: first do no harm. It’s a promise she believes in, and takes seriously.
But when a terminally ill patient begs Dawn to end her suffering, Dawn is faced with an unimaginable choice. Except this wouldn’t be murder, it would be mercy – wouldn’t it?
When she starts receiving threats, Dawn realizes that someone knows her terrible secret . . . and that their silence will come at a price. She risked everything for what she believed was right once before – but will she know when to stop?
Britain’s Best Political Cartoons 2017 offers a pictorial whistle-stop tour of a year in which, among many other things, Brexit became a way of life, the general election that wasn’t supposed to happen happened and the world became obsessed with 140-character messages from the US president. Celebrating the best drawings by our very finest cartoonists, it’s a superbly sharp and witty record of an extraordinary twelve months, complete with scheming Russian presidents, militaristic North Korean leaders, and the occasional scary clown.
Six weeks to write for your life... In this blistering story of a ghostwriter haunted by his demonic subject, the Man Booker Prize winner turns to lies, crime and literature with devastating effect
A young and penniless writer, Kif Kehlmann, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl proposes a deal: $10,000 for Kehlmann to ghost write his memoir in six weeks.
But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghost writing a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him—his life, his future. Everything that was certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder: who is Seigfried Heidl—and who is Kif Kehlmann?
By turns compelling, comic, and chilling, First Person is a haunting journey into the heart of our age.
The Book of the Year will be precisely what its title promises: an entertaining, fact-filled journey into the more bizarre reaches of the past twelve months. Among many, many other things, it will establish:
· Who has played the greater number of golf rounds since the turn of 2017: Rory McIlroy or Donald Trump. · Precisely how many members of Britain’s Parachute Regiment aren’t actually qualified to use parachutes. · Why a parliamentary inquiry into why parliamentary inquiries take so long has been delayed.
Venturing fearlessly from Australia (where toad-flavoured sausages are being deployed to stop predators from eating real toads) to India (where you can now buy a washing machine with a special curry stain button), this will be the year, not as the headlines defined it, but as it ought to be remembered.
The Book of the Year will prove the perfect Christmas gift, the ideal conversation starter (and stopper), and the ultimate source of wisdom for all lovers of trivia.
The ultimate survival guide from the world’s leading survival expert.
Nobody knows survival like Bear Grylls. There is a barely a terrain he hasn’t conquered or an extreme environment he hasn’t experienced. Over the years — from his time in 21 SAS, through to his extraordinary expeditions climbing (and paragliding over) Everest, travelling through the Arctic's treacherous Northwest Passage, crossing the world’s oceans and taking part in adventures to the toughest corners of each of the seven continents — Bear has accumulated an astonishing wealth of survival knowledge.
Now, for the first time, he is putting all his expertise into one book. How To Stay Alive will teach you:
- How to survive a bear attack - How to fly a plane in an emergency - How to make fire from virtually nothing - How to drive off-road - How to navigate using the stars - How to administer first-aid - How to escape a burning building - How to survive the most extreme conditions
And dozens of other essential skills to survive the modern world.
From award-winning novelist Jonathan Coe and distinguished Italian artist Chiara Coccorese comes The Broken Mirror, a political parable for children, a contemporary fairy tale for adults, and a fable for all ages.
One day Claire, to escape her quarrelsome parents, takes refuge in the dump behind her house. There she finds a broken mirror, a nasty piece of sharp glass… yet she is strangely drawn to it. She soon discovers it has the power to transform even the most drab reality into a fairy-tale world: the grey sky is reflected blue, and Claire’s modest, suburban house is transformed into the most beautiful castle.
As Claire grows older, always accompanied by her magic mirror, she can see her face without her teenage acne, and her town before it fell victim to thieving property developers. But, in reality, libraries are being turned into luxury flats wherever she looks, and the boy Claire loves is instead her worst enemy.
Frustrated and angry with the mirror’s illusions, Claire is about to destroy it when the mysterious Peter steps in: he has also found a shard of broken mirror, and so begins their journey to piece together the larger puzzle…
Previously published in Italian, French, Greek and Dutch, The Broken Mirror comes to life in English for the first time, to be read with equal pleasure by children and adults.
Welcome to a world of games you never knew existed. You will probably wish you still didn’t.
YouTube sensation Stuart Ashen is back with his second instalment of terrible old computer games you’ve probably never heard of... because what the world needs right now is to know exactly how bad Domain of the Undead for the Atari 8-bit computers was.
Attack of the Flickering Skeletons is even bigger than the original Terrible Old Games You’ve Probably Never Heard Of – this second excavation of gaming’s buried past will not only unearth more appalling excuses for digital entertainment, but also feature guest contributors and several special interest chapters not based around single specific games.
These are NOT the games you’ve heard of a million times in YouTube videos. This is a compilation of truly obscure and dreadful games. Dripping with wry humour and featuring the best, worst graphics from the games themselves, this book encapsulates the atrocities produced in the days of tight budgets and low quality controls.
These are even more appalling games that leaked from the industry’s tear ducts, taken down from the dusty shelves of history by the man who has somehow made a living by sticking rubbish on a sofa and talking about it.
What is life for Giles and Mary outside the willow-patterned cocoon?
Giles is a countryman who relishes solitude. His wife Mary thrives in company and enjoys frequent escapes to London.
After thirty years in a marriage of opposites, Giles and Mary have adapted to a life of domestic misunderstandings within comical misadventures.
In The Diary of Two Nobodies, you will have the unique opportunity to discover, first hand, what occurs when a man who sees himself as a cross between Mr Bean and Basil Fawlty shares his life with a woman who identifies closely with the Queen.
The incredible story of Lyra Belacqua will begin, and continue, in The Book of Dust.
Now you have the opportunity to revisit her adventures in The Northern Lights, with this graphic novel adaptation of a masterpiece, which comes to life with incredible full-colour art.
Follow Lyra's story oncee again, in a way you've never experienced before, as the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle — a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears.
Lyra hurtles toward danger in the cold far North, never suspecting the shocking truth, that she alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.
This is the full story, now in hardback, available for the very first time.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...
Lucie Manette has been separated from her father for eighteen years while he languished in Paris's most feared prison, the Bastille. Finally reunited, the Manettes' fortunes become inextricably intertwined with those of two men, the heroic aristocrat Darnay and the dissolute lawyer Carton. Their story, which encompasses violence, revenge, love and redemption, is grippingly played out against the backdrop of the terrifying brutality of the French Revolution.
Also in the Vintage Classics Dickens Series:
A Christmas Carol David Copperfield Great Expectations Hard Times Oliver Twist
Fire can fascinate, inspire, capture the imagination and bring families and communities together.
It has the ability to amaze, energise and touch something deep inside all of us. For thousands of years, at every corner of the globe, humans have been huddling around fires: from the basic and primitive essentials of light, heat, energy and cooking, through to modern living, fire plays a central role in all of our lives.
The ability to accurately and quickly light a fire is one of the most important skills anyone setting off on a wilderness adventure could possess, yet very little has been written about it.
Through his narrative Hume also meditates on the wider topics surrounding fire and how it shapes the world around us.
Unlock the magic of the Tarot with this first book from the creator of The Starchild Tarot.
Set goals and intentions with clarity and learn how to handle your deck with confidence as a tool of self-discovery.
'I have been a huge fan of Danielle Noel's Starchild Tarot ever since I discovered her work, and to have her tarot wisdom distilled into this beautiful book is a dream come true… Danielle's modern approach and dreamy artwork make it relevant for a new generation of Now Age seekers.' - Ruby Warrington, Founder of The Numinous
'A practical and magical guide to taking your curiosity with tarot to a new found confidence… A must read for modern mystics wanting to explore the realm of tarot.' - Emma Mildon, Author of The Soul Searcher's Handbook
'Breathtaking; the artwork is modern and ethereal! …From newbie tarot dabblers to experienced witches, I believe this book needs to live in the library of every goddess.' - Angel Quintana, founder of Holistic Fashionista