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The Very Pointless Quiz Book

Alexander Armstrong, Richard Osman
Authors:
Alexander Armstrong, Richard Osman

For the very first time comes a collection of 100 of the finest questions from the hugely popular ratings-winning BBC One TV show Pointless. Let hosts Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman guide you through the rounds with their trademark warmth and humour and battle it out against your friends and family for Pointless glory. Perfect for playing along alone or with family and friends, The Very Pointless Quiz Book will test your knowledge and tease your brains.So how good are you at Pointless? Really? Do you think you've got enough in-depth knowledge of Regional Railways, African Countries With No Coastline and Types of Lettuce to carry off the coveted Pointless trophy?Well let's see shall we?Here's your chance to step up to the podium (metaphorically speaking of course, chances are you'll be sitting somewhere very comfortably with either a mug of tea or a roll of Andrex within easy reach) put that knowledge to the test, and see just how far you can go in a genuine four-round Pointless ordeal.Right, if everyone's ready, let's play Pointless...

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The 100 Most Pointless Arguments in the World

Alexander Armstrong, Richard Osman
Authors:
Alexander Armstrong, Richard Osman

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The A-Z of Pointless

Alexander Armstrong, Richard Osman
Authors:
Alexander Armstrong, Richard Osman
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Pointless History of the World

Richard Osman, Alexander Armstrong
Authors:
Richard Osman, Alexander Armstrong

Richard Osman

Richard Osman is a creative director for Endemol UK. He has worked as an executive producer on numerous shows including 8 Out of 10 Cats and 10 O'Clock Live. Richard presents Pointless with Alexander Armstrong. Richard's popularity and tremendous knowledge of trivia led to him presenting his own BBC quiz, Two Tribes. He is also a regular on panel shows such as Have I Got News For You and writes a column for the Radio Times.

Alexander Armstrong

Alexander Armstrong is a presenter, comedian and actor and part of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller. He presents the hit BBC show Pointless with Richard Osman. As well as regular appearances on panel shows such as Have I Got News For You, he also presents a show on Classic FM and writes a column for the Telegraph.

Chapter One

COME SUNDAY, by Isla Morley

Read the first chapter of Isla Morley's COME SUNDAY.

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Word Play

Gyles Brandreth
Authors:
Gyles Brandreth

'No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor but honest.' Only words can do that. Words are magic. Words are fun.Join Gyles Brandreth - wit and word-meister, Just A Minute regular, One Show reporter, denizen of Countdown's Dictionary Corner, founder of the National Scrabble Championships, patron of The Queen's English Society, QI, Room 101, Have I Got News For You and Pointless survivor - on an uproarious and unexpected magic carpet ride around the awesome world of words and wordplay.Puns, palindromes, pangrams, Malaprops, euphemisms, mnemonics, acronyms, anagrams, alphabeticals, Tweets, verbiage, verbarrhea - if you can name it, you should find it here, along with the longest, shortest, wittiest, wildest, oldest, latest, oddest, most interesting and most memorable words in the English language - the richest, most remarkable language ever known.

Chapter One

UNEXPECTED LESSONS IN LOVE, by Bernardine Bishop

Read the first chapter of Bernardine Bishop's new book, UNEXPECTED LESSONS IN LOVE, published by John Murray in January 2013.

Chapter One: A Morning in Vermillion

SHADES OF GREY, by Jasper Fforde

Read the first chapter of Jasper Fforde's brilliant SHADES OF GREY.

Chapter One

A MOST WANTED MAN, by John le Carré

Read the first chapter of John le Carré's A MOST WANTED MAN.

Richard on Twitter

Read Richard Osman's tweets here

Geeky word quizzes and other pointless pastimes from everyone's favourite pedant

@RichardOsman

Richard Osman on Twitter

Geeky word quizzes and other pointless pastimes from everyone's favourite pedant

26 Sep
Kew Gardens, London

Sophie Hannah at the Kew Festival

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Sophie Hannah at the Kew Festival

26 Sep
Kew Gardens, London

Sophie Hannah at the Kew Festival

5:15pm

Sophie Hannah at the Kew Festival

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The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite

Beatrice Colin
Authors:
Beatrice Colin

As the clock chimed the turn of the twentieth century, Lilly Nelly Aphrodite took her first breath. Born to a cabaret dancer and soon orphaned in a scandalous double murder, Lilly finds refuge at a Catholic orphanage, coming under the wing of the, at times, severe Sister August, the first in a string of lost loves. There she meets Hanne Schmidt, a teen prostitute, and forms a bond that will last them through tumultuous love affairs, disastrous marriages, and destitution during the First World War and the subsequent economic collapse. As the century progresses, Lilly and Hanne move from the tawdry glamour of the tingle-tangle nightclubs to the shadow world of health films before Lilly finds success and stardom in the new medium of motion pictures and ultimately falls in love with a man whose fate could cost her everything she has worked for or help her discover her true self. Gripping and darkly seductive, The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite showcases all the glitter and splendour of the brief heyday of the Weimar Republic, and the rise of Hollywood to its golden age. As it foreshadows the horrors of the Second World War, the novel asks what price is paid when identity becomes unfixed and the social order is upended.

Reading Group Guide

MISERY by Stephen King

Reading guide for use alongside Stephen King's MISERY.

Hodder & Stoughton

Great British Bake Off Annual: Another Slice

A peek behind-the-scenes of The Great British Bake Off - the perfect gift annual for Christmas.For six years The Great British Bake Off has held the nation enthralled as home bakers battle it out to be crowned Britain's best amateur baker.Now The Great British Bake Off - Another Slice gives you the chance to relive some of the most memorable moments, catch-up with all the winners and peek behind the tent flaps to find out the secrets of The Great British Bake Off. It's a feast of bake-related confections that's guaranteed to sate the appetite of armchair bakers and cake-making addicts everywhere. Packed with baking trivia, quizzes, and games, this is a mouth-watering selection of Bake Off goodies.So, what are you waiting for? On your marks... get set... bake!"We reckon Bake Off fans will go crazy for this annual - it contains more deliciousness and excitement than a freezerful of Baked Alaskas. As Mary B would say, it's "cram-jam full!" Baker interviews, a lot of behind the scenes gubbins, even a Paul and Mary Spot the Difference puzzle. (Can YOU spot the difference between Paul and Mary? It's taken us years. Paul's the one with the beard and Mary wears the flowery blouson jackets, right? Or is it the other way round? Hmmm...) It's surely the perfect gift for any Bake Off fan - assuming they've already got the Paul Hollywood doll with removable hair and the Mary Berry Sings The Metal Hits double CD" MEL & SUE

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Ten Cocktails

Alice Lascelles
Authors:
Alice Lascelles

In Ten Cocktails, The Times drinks columnist Alice Lascelles uses ten of her favourite cocktails to distil the stories, recipes and tips she has amassed in more than a decade in pursuit of the mixed drink. Join her as she dodges the washing lines of backstreet Havana in search of the perfect Daiquiri, scours the cocktail bars of Tokyo for the world's best ice carvers, harvests juniper in the hills of Umbria, goes sipping Sazeracs in New Orleans and unearths the mixological secrets of The Savoy. What makes a G&T glow in the dark? Who threw the world's first cocktail party? Why does a Bloody Mary taste best at 35,000 feet? And what's the key to opening champagne with a sword? By the time you finish Ten Cocktails you will have the answers to these questions and many more, as well as an armoury of cocktail recipes for every occasion, from convivial party-starters and lip-smacking sours to slow-stirred whiskey drinks and indulgent nightcaps. Whether you've just forked out for your first shaker, or you've got your Martini mixing down to a tee, this book will have you thirsting to try new things come 6 o'clock.