The Dark Night of the Shed
By Nick Page
Men, the midlife crisis, spirituality - and shedsA new bike - running the marathon - splashing out on a sports car - having an affair - taking up triathlon - upping sticks and moving to the country - getting divorced - even going into the church...There's a point in a man's life where he looks around him and asks whether this is really where he wants to be - what he wanted to do with his life. And even if he's achieved all his childhood dreams, maybe that's not enough any more.Nick Page has been there, and he decided to build a shed. Not to answer the question, but so that he'd at least be able to get some peace to think about it properly. Join him on a journey of discovery, into what the midlife crisis really is, and whether there's a better way to go at it than frittering away time and money trying to pretend you're really younger than you are.
By Angie Stevens
Most parents photograph their children growing up, but Doodlemum (Angie Stevens) posts a drawing of her children and their family life on her blog every night (after the kids have gone to sleep). She draws everything from holidays to pets, tantrums to camping. All captured in a few key strokes of the pen.Angie Stevens's enthusiasm for drawing developed in childhood and she went on to study illustration at the Unviersity of Westminster. After shis, she says, came 'the tsunami of children and marriage' but her passion for drawing never left her. After the birth of her third child, 'a bit exhausted, sleep-deprived and probably suffering from a bit of post natal depression', her husband bought her a collection of Moleskine notebooks and suggested it might help to start drawing again. It did, and in 2010 the Doodlemum blog was born. Over 1000 illustrations later, Doodlemum is established. This is the book her fans have been asking for - perfect for them and for those who will fall in love with this tender and funny picture of family life in all its messy glory.
Dawn of the Bunny Suicides
By Andy Riley
From the author of the cult bestsellers THE BOOK OF BUNNY SUICIDES and RETURN OF THE BUNNY SUICIDES comes another unmissable collection of rabbit-related self destruction...The bunnies are back - and there's only one thing on their minds. In this new collection, follow the continuing adventures of the fluffy little rabbits who just don't want to live any more...
By Cherry Denman
Cherry Denman has spent her life trailing husband Charlie round some of the world's most remote outposts and can ask for the lavatory in eleven languages. While some aspects of living abroad will always puzzle her - saunas, tofu and circumcision, to name just three - she wouldn't have missed it for anything. Lessons learnt range from the practical (possessions belong either in the suitcase or the skip: storage is for wimps), to the truly useful (how to avoid the drinks party bore) and the truly bizarre (the episode with the goat . . .). Charming and witty, these hilarious tales of global misunderstsanding are illustrated with over seventy original line drawings.
By Andy Riley
Bunnies, be free and happy! Small kids, knowledge is yours once more! Cartoon master of the dastardly and deranged, Andy Riley, has left behind his previous bugbears and turned his bizarre attentions to the world of inventions. DIY DENTISTRY shows what happens when a bored, macabre intelligence involves itself with blue-sky thinking - a high-speed police response unit enabled by The Cop Catapult, a Solitaire Boxing device for the lonely pugilist and An Arsehole Trap which deals quickly, and appropriately, with wannabe Big Brother candidates. These, and many other freakish twists of the imagination come alive in this hilarious, sometimes thought provoking (mostly not), brilliant new collection. A must for any discerning gift giver.
Don't Arm Wrestle a Pirate: 101 Really Bad Ideas
By Dave Skinner, Henry Parker
Ever thought about doing something you shouldn't? Luckily, so have Dave Skinner and cartoonist Henry Paker, and their suggestions include: Don't arm wrestle a pirate . . .Don't trust anyone with a pixellated face . . .Don't play sudoku on acid . . .And don't go bowling with zombies101 hilarious ideas that will result in severe embarrassment, excruciating pain, or an untimely death, handily thought up and illustrated by someone else.
By Brigid Keenan
When Sunday Times fashion journalist Brigid Keenan married the love of her life in the late Sixties, little idea did she have of the rollercoaster journey they would make around the world together - with most things going horribly awry while being obliged to keep the straightest face and put their best feet forward. For he was a diplomat - and Brigid found herself the smiling face of the European Union in locales ranging from Kazakhstan to Trinidad. Finding herself miserable for the first time in a career into which many would have long ago thrown the towel, she found herself asking (during a farewell party for the Papal Nuncio): was it worth it? As this stream of it-really-happened-to-me stories shows, it most certainly was - if only for our vicarious bewilderment at how exactly you throw a buffet dinner during a public mourning period in Syria, remain viable as a fashion journalist when taste-wise you are three seasons out of it and geographically a world away, make people believe that there are actually terrible things going on in paradise, be a good mother AND save some of the finest architecture in Damascus and Brussels from demolition - seemingly all simultaneously.
The Daily Mail Book of Sudoku II
By Mail On Sunday
Sudoku fever has officially stormed the nation. These fiendishly popular number puzzles have a universal appeal - no maths ability is needed, it's just a satisfying logical puzzle. Once you've done one, you will be hooked.The Daily Mail is Britain's biggest-selling quality paper, with a circulation of around 2.2 million. Their Sudokus have drawn hundreds of thousands of fans, and these bumper books will be among the biggest yet with 150 puzzles each.Suitable for beginners and Sudoku champions alike.