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Coronet

The Very Pointless Quiz Book

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...

Coronet

The 100 Most Pointless Arguments in the World

Alexander Armstrong, Richard Osman

Chapter One

COME SUNDAY, by Isla Morley

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

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

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 MOST WANTED MAN, by John le Carré

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

Chapter One: A Morning in Vermillion

SHADES OF GREY, by Jasper Fforde

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

Coronet

The A-Z of Pointless

Alexander Armstrong, Richard Osman
Chapter One

BROKEN HARBOUR, by Tana French

Read the first chapter of Tana French's newest novel, BROKEN HARBOUR.

Hodder & Stoughton

How to Eat Out

Giles Coren
Richard on Twitter

Read Richard Osman's tweets here

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

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Richard Osman on Twitter

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

Coronet

Word Play

Gyles Brandreth

The aim of the book is entertainment - and surprise - but there will be a fair bit of erudition and incidental education along the way. (Why is it a troop of baboons, but a shrewdness of apes?). We discover the oldest words, the newest, the longest, the shortest, the most frequently used, the costliest (yes, words can come with a price attached), the funniest, the most fatal, the most unusual...from the words Shakespeare gave us to the latest in sexting, the BEST and the WORST, the most AMUSING and AMAZING words are here Full of puns, palindromes, pangrams, acrostics, malaprops, famous (and infamous) last words and everything in between, in Word Play, Gyles Brandreth leads us through an A-Z and a Z-A of the wonderful world of words. This is a dazzling words book that is the ultimate compendium of word wisdom, facts and fun.

Reading Group Guide

MISERY by Stephen King

Reading guide for use alongside Stephen King's MISERY.

Hodder & Stoughton

Great British Bake Off: Celebrations

Linda Collister

For many people the trigger to bake is a particular occasion - a family gathering, a traditional celebration, a local festival, or even a change of season. Great British Bake Off: Celebrations which accompanies the new series of Great British Bake Off is a collection of recipes for every occasion to bake through the year. Divided into Cakes, Biscuits, Breads, Pies and Desserts each chapter will follow a loose narrative journey through the year, starting with January and finishing with Christmas. Looking at our long and rich baking heritage, Celebrations includes over 100 delicious recipes, from a Hogmanay Whisky Fruit and Nut Cake to a Bonfire Night Toffee Apple Pie, and from a Lemon Easter Sugar Biscuits to a Spiced Figgy Sponge Pudding. With recipes from the contestants which draw on their own favourite bakes, traditional favourites and new creations reflecting the way we bake today, as well as Mary and Paul's Showstoppers, Signature Bakes and Technical Challenges, the book is for anyone who likes to celebrate a special occasion by serving something home-made with love.

John Murray

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Bad Education

Bad Education

Bad Education, written by and starring Jack Whitehall, follows Alfie Wickers the worst teacher to ever (dis)grace the British Education System, and a bigger kid than the pupils he teaches. Abbey Grove school is populated by some of the weirdest teachers you could ever meet: Fraser the hair-brained Headmaster who longs to be down with the kids, Miss Gulliver the biology teacher with a heart of gold but perhaps a dash too much openness and honesty, Miss Mollinson the happily swinging Head of Maths who won't let her hip replacement get in the way and Deputy Headmistress Miss Pickwell who displays all the charm and sensitivity of a Third Reich Dominatrix. Alfie's class is Form K, a bunch of misfits that have been written off by the rest of the school, but Alfie can't help but see a bit of himself in them. This is about a class of kids and their teacher's quest to get through life and get the best results with the minimum amount of effort possible. Sadly it's not an equation that always adds up. From a disastrous parents' evening to cringe-worthy sex-education lessons to life threatening self-defence classes to school elections full of dirty tricks and a school trip to see a rhino pig; Bad Education is school life as you've never seen it before. Bad Education: The Teachers' Handbook is filled with hilarious content from both the first and upcoming second series from pupils' report cards and the graffiti found in the staff toilets, to Alfie's teaching methods and the best ways to scam a free laptop from the government.

Hodder Paperbacks

Never Google Heartbreak

Emma Garcia

A refreshingly honest, achingly funny read for fans of Bridesmaids, Caitlin Moran, and Pinot Grigio. When her fiancé Rob breaks off their engagement for the third time, Viv does what any girl would do - she Googles heartbreak. Confronted by tales of misery, she decides to set-up her own self-help website for the broken-hearted. But as Viv passes through the three essential stages of grief (denial, vodka, disastrous haircut), she becomes determined that it's not too late to try and get Rob back. When things get out of hand after a drunken declaration of love at an extremely inappropriate moment, Viv's scruffy, tequila-swilling best friend Max is there to pick up the pieces. Viv starts to realise that maybe the real thing has been under her nose all this time, and now - one ex and a massive error of judgement later - she has to face the question: What's the craziest thing you'll do for love? Readers of Lindsey Kelk, Sophie Kinsella and Paige Toon won't be able to put this down. Never has heartbreak been so hilarious...

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SNAKE ROPES, by Jess Richards

Read the first chapter of Jess Richards' SNAKE ROPES.