By Tom Phillips
'F*cking brilliant' Sarah Knight'Very funny' Mark WatsonAN EXHILARATING JOURNEY THROUGH THE MOST CREATIVE AND CATASTROPHIC F*CK-UPS OF HUMAN HISTORYIn the seventy thousand years that modern human beings have walked this earth, we've come a long way. Art, science, culture, trade - on the evolutionary food chain, we're real winners. But, frankly, it's not exactly been plain sailing, and sometimes - just occasionally - we've managed to really, truly, quite unbelievably f*ck things up.From Chairman Mao's Four Pests Campaign, to the American Dustbowl; from the Austrian army attacking itself one drunken night, to the world's leading superpower electing a reality TV mogul as President... it's pretty safe to say that, as a species, we haven't exactly grown wiser with age.So, next time you think you've really f*cked up, this book will remind you: it could be so much worse...FURTHER PRAISE FOR HUMANS:'A light-touch history of moments when humans have got it spectacularly wrong... Both readable and entertaining' The Telegraph'Chronicles humanity's myriad follies down the ages with malicious glee and much wit ... a rib-tickling page-turner' Business Standard'A timely, irreverent gallop through thousands of years of human stupidity' Nicholas Griffin, Ping-Pong Diplomacy: The Secret History Behind the Game That Changed the World
A History of Heavy Metal
By Andrew O'Neill
'Absolutely hilarious' - Neil Gaiman'One of the funniest musical commentators that you will ever read . . . loud and thoroughly engrossing' - Alan Moore'A man on a righteous mission to persuade people to "lay down your souls to the gods rock and roll".' - The Sunday Times'As funny and preposterous as this mighty music deserve' - John HiggsThe history of heavy metal brings brings us extraordinary stories of larger-than-life characters living to excess, from the household names of Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Bruce Dickinson and Metallica (SIT DOWN, LARS!), to the brutal notoriety of the underground Norwegian black metal scene and the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. It is the story of a worldwide network of rabid fans escaping everyday mundanity through music, of cut-throat corporate arseholes ripping off those fans and the bands they worship to line their pockets. The expansive pantheon of heavy metal musicians includes junkies, Satanists and murderers, born-again Christians and teetotallers, stadium-touring billionaires and toilet-circuit journeymen. Award-winning comedian and life-long heavy metal obsessive Andrew O'Neill has performed his History of Heavy Metal comedy show to a huge range of audiences, from the teenage metalheads of Download festival to the broadsheet-reading theatre-goers of the Edinburgh Fringe. Now, in his first book, he takes us on his own very personal and hilarious journey through the history of the music, the subculture, and the characters who shaped this most misunderstood genre of music.
By Marcus Butler
The Sunday Times number 1 bestseller.Marcus Butler's irreverent YouTube channel has long combined laughs and comedy sketches with thoughts on more serious issues. What sets him apart from the rest is his ability to mix light-hearted banter with a deep empathy for the problems facing young people today. Thanks to his experiences of family illness, his parents' divorce, weight issues and catastrophic hair days, Marcus is in a unique position to share everything he has learned about healthy living, relationships and dealing with the daily pressures life throws at us all. Working with journalist and writer Matt Allen, in HELLO LIFE! his part-autobiography, part-self help guide Marcus shares his trademark big-brotherly advice and unveils his roadmap to success for anyone navigating the trickier aspects of modern living. Funny, cool, fully illustrated and totally readable, this book is the ultimate must-have for fans of Marcus Butler.
How To Be Right
By James Delingpole
As a journalist for the Sunday Telegraph and The Spectator, James Delingpole has expressed his thoughts - articulately and amusingly - on everything from politics to popular music, from school sports days to spliffs. In this A-Z of brief essays he turns his lively mind to modern society gone mad. Can't understand what's wrong with much-loved feet and inches? Don't believe the global-warming hype? Wondering whatever happened to good, old-fashioned universities? Pouring scorn on the state of Britain after ten years under Brown and Blair, HOW TO BE RIGHT couldn't have come along at a more appropriate time. Prepare to foam and splutter, and to be seriously entertained.
How to Smoke in Public Without Being Seen
By Bob Jebb, Damien Weighill
Once upon a time you could smoke on a bus, on a train, and in your own office. Imagine! A nicotine habit didn't make you a social leper consigned to hasty, huddled fags on a freezing footpath. Smokers and their habit-free friends enjoyed the sweet smell of tobacco in cosy, confined spaces.Well those days are going, going, gone. Welcome to a new world order of clean public living and pure air in pubs. Are you ready for it? Are you hell! But don't panic. There'll be no £50 spot fine for continuing to smoke in public just as long as you're clever about it. Try getting yourself fitted with a catalytic converter. Hide your cigarette inside your asthma inhaler. Smoke through a ventriloquist's dummy. How about wearing a Harry Potter invisibility cloak? This little book holds the secret to a contented cigarette-filled life after the smoking ban. May you puff in peace happily ever after.