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Snobs

Author: Julian Fellowes

Publisher: Orion (2004)

'Fellowes doesn't try to hide his love of the funny, sealed, above-stairs world of dukes, duchesses, marquesses, nursery maids, herbaceous borders and breakfast kedgeree, all of which makes SNOBS such a a good, fresh read' DAILY TELEGRAPH Edith Lavery is a woman on the make. The attractive only child of a middle-class accountant, she leaves behind her dull job in a Chelsea estate agents and manages to bag one of the most eligible bachelors of the day - Charles Broughton, heir to the Marquess of Uckfield. But is life amongst the upper echelons of 'good' society all that it seems? Edith soon discovers there's much more to the aristocracy than dancing in Anabel's, shooting small birds and understanding which fork to use at dinner. And then there is Charles's mother, the indomitable Lady Uckfield, or 'Googie' to her friends, who is none too pleased with her son's choice of breeding partner. With twists and turns aplenty, this is a comical tale worthy of a contemporary Jane Austen.

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So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish

Authors: Douglas Adams, Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: Pan (1984)

This is quite different from the other Hitch Hiker books. Arthur Dent returns to earth after an eight year journey through space and time with a plastic carrier bag and a towel. He suspects his journey may have all been a figment of his imagination but the discovery of his old Hitchhiker's Guide, coupled with the disappearance of the world's dolphins and a fishbowl, inspire him to investigate just what is going on. This book is marvellously strange, containing ideas that are completely incomprehensible on the first reading but very simple when reconsidered. He finally discovers what it all means and leaves behind his explanation. However, there is no time for questions for he is by that time he is on a distant star, surrounded by souvenir stalls!

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Something For The Weekend

Author: Terry Wogan

Publisher: Orion (2013)

This book collects together 131 of Terry Wogan's best "Sunday Telegraph" columns from 2004 to 2013, delivering his distinctively dry and amusing views on life. Terry's weekly writing spanned across many topics from the disappointment of the declining years, TV cooks ("Nowadays, you can't throw a stone in a country road without hitting a television chef, in full colour") and vanity, through to the little annoyances that drive you to drink. His modern grumbles, gentle social commentary, and witty observations make for a delightful assortment of reading. Terry Wogan was among Britain's best-loved and most popular entertainers. His extensive television credits included "BBC Children in Need," The Eurovision Song Contest," Come Dancing" and "Blankety Blank," to name but a few. Terry presented "Wake Up to Wogan" on BBC Radio 2, which ran for 27 years and regularly attracted over 8 million listeners; it became the most-listened to breakfast show in the UK.

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Something New

Author: P G Wodehouse

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Stage Land

Author: J K Jerome

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"I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at is for hours." Jerome K Jerome’s Stage Land is a literary work of a very particular form. It consists of a number of sketches (14) each speaking about one typical character of late-nineteenth-century theatre. Hence, Stage Land is presented as a kind of dramatis personae or a catalog that offers minute descriptions of “the hero,” “the villain,” “the heroine,” “the comic man,” etc. The presentation, in which Jerome parodies stereotypical prejudices, conceptions and notions, is highly humorous and cheerful. The narrative tone gives the impression that such elements of drama are deliberately exaggerated, which makes them unfaithful to the reality of things. The title of the work evokes the huge difference between the inhabitants of the real world and those of this fanciful land which seems to be governed by different rules. Indeed, the behaviour and habits of Jerome’s listed characters make them appear either too idealistic or too wicked to be true. However, the reader of the book can easily recognize many of these characters in modern Hollywood movies and TV sitcoms.

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Switch Bitch

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: Penguin (1976)

Four stories by the inimitable master of seduction and suspense - each with a razor-sharp sting in the tail ... In The Visitor' and Bitch' two extracts from the notorious diaries of Oswald Hendryks Cornelius are published. Hedonist extraordinaire, Uncle Oswald knows how to turn an exploit into an extravaganza. The deliciousness of sexual expectation - and the dangerous potency of its effects - are explored in 'The Great Switcheroo' and 'The Last Act': here the power of desire is a double-edged sword. Lust, triumph, the galling deflation of defeat: Roald Dahl captures it all in these outrageously wicked comedies. The subject of all four stories is sex and rarely has that subject been milked for so many laughs ... Switch Bitch certainly does the soul a power of good' - Jonathan Yardley

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Tall Tales And Wee Stories

Author: Billy Connolly

Publisher: Two Roads (2019)

The Best of Billy Connolly ‘Coming from Glasgow, it's weird, I don't really tell jokes, like Irish jokes and all that. I tell wee stories. And some of them don't even have punchlines. But you'll get used to it as the night goes on, and on, and on, and on and on . . .'

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The 2 1/2 Pillars Of Wisdom

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Abacus (2004)

Alexander McCall Smith, best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, has turned his hand to humour. The delightful result is a creation of comic genius. For in the unnaturally tall form of Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, we are invited to meet a memorable character whose sublime insouciance is a blend of the cultivated pomposity of Frasier Crane and of Inspecteur Clouseau's hapless gaucherie. Von Igelfeld inhabits the rarefied world of the Institute of Romance Philology at Regensburg, a world he shares with his equally tall and equally ridiculous colleagues, Professors Florianus Prinzel and Detlev Amadeus Unterholzer. Their unlikely adventures are described in three deliciously funny instalments: Portuguese Irregular Verbs, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances.

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The Adventures Of Hucklebury Finn

Author: Mark Twain

Publisher: Penguin Classics (1700)

To escape from his violent and drunken father, a 13-year-old boy from the wrong side of the tracks, Huckleberry Finn, fakes his own death and floats away on a raft down the Mississippi with Jim, a runaway slave. In a series of unforgettable adventures narrated by Huck, they encounter a cross-section of characters from slave-hunters, thieves and conmen to feuding aristocrats and even some relatives of Tom Sawyer. This was the first major American novel to be written in the vernacular, a dark and funny satire that exposes the bigotry and hypocrisy of provincial America during Mark Twain's lifetime.

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The Adventures Of Sally

Author: P G Wodehouse

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