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Confessions Of A Private Soldier

Author: Timothy Lea

Publisher: Sphere Paperbacks (1974)

Join up with ‘The Professionals’? Why didn’t Timmy think of that before? At last he can have a rest from all those amorous exploits. And what an opportunity to get away from scheming Sid and the rest of the Lea family. But not a chance! There are lots of excitable ladies at The Royal Loamshire Regiment, including the physical WRACs who prey upon impressionable young soldier boys. And if that is not enough Sidney arrives to entertain the troops. It is all very distressing...

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Confessions Of A Shopaholic

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Publisher: Black Swan (2009)

Becky Bloomwood, Americas favorite shopaholica young woman with a big heart, big dreamsand just one little weakness. Becky has a fabulous flat in London's trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season's must-haves. The only trouble is that she can't actually afford itnot any of it. Her job writing at Successful Savings not only bores her to tears, it doesn't pay much at all. And lately Becky's been chased by dismal letters from the bankletters with large red sums she can't bear to readand they're getting ever harder to ignore. She tries cutting back. But none of her efforts succeeds. Becky's only consolation is to buy herself something ... just a little something....

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Death At The Excelsior

Author: P G Wodehouse


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Diary Of A Nobody

Authors: George Grossmith, Weedon Grossmith

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions (1994)

So Charles Pooter of The Laurels, Brickfield Terrace Holloway, commences his journal. A somewhat stuffy but very human senior clerk in an undescribed business, Pooter likes nothing better than to putter around his suburban home -- perhaps because of his ability to make high drama of trivial circumstances, and get himself into humiliating (and often very humorous) situations in front of other people. This comic novel told in diary format may seem tame and rather dry to some modern readers, but it holds just much interest as the daily updates on Facebook and Twitter!

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Diary Of A Pilgrimage

Author: J K Jerome


Author, actor, playwright and journalist Jerome K. Jerome first rose to literary acclaim as a writer of hilarious travelogues. Diary of a Pilgrimage continues in this vein, recounting a journey by train to take in a performance of a passion play in Germany during which Jerome and his traveling companions must contend with a number of logistical difficulties, cultural miscues, and other snafus.

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Djinn Rummy

Author: Tom Holt

Publisher: Orbit (1995)

A comic fantasy by the author of Faust Among Equals and Odds and Gods. When Kayaguchiya Integrated Circuits III (Kiss to his friends), a Force 12 genie with an attitude, is released after 14 years of living with two dozen white tablets, there's bound to be trouble.

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Doctor In The House

Author: Richard Gordon

Publisher: House Of Stratus (2011)

Richard Gordon’s acceptance into St Swithan’s medical school came as no surprise to anyone, least of all him – after all, he had been to public school, played first XV rugby, and his father was, let’s face it, ‘a St Swithan’s man’. Surely he was set for life. It was rather a shock then to discover that, once there, he would actually have to work, and quite hard. Fortunately for Richard Gordon, life proved not to be all dissection and textbooks after all… This hilarious hospital comedy is perfect reading for anyone who’s ever wondered exactly what medical students get up to in their training. Just don’t read it on your way to the doctor’s!

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Doctor In The Swim

Author: Richard Gordon

Part of a series: Doctor in the House

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (1970)

Dr Gaston Grimsdyke’s penchant for passion is given a powerful push when he encounters the luscious Lucy Squiffington. But the fact that he’s already engaged to sweet Anemone seems to present a problem of insoluble complexity; until problems in skirts pile high with the emergence of wife-worn cousin Miles. Add the Jellybone Sisters, a troupe of female contortionists, to a comic saga of misadventure that embraces a naked Sir Lancelot Spratt and a clutch of girl delinquents, and you’ll see why Doctor in the Swim is a man on the point of drowning.

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Does My Bum Look Big In This?

Author: Arabella Weir

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (1997)

This is the diary of an ordinary, insecure woman in her thirties. Jacqueline M. Pane. Like all women, Jackie knows that life would be perfect if only she had a small bum, sticky-up bosoms, and didn't grow a moustache once a month ... Chart her progress as she perfects the art of feeling shitty about every little, and not so little, bit of herself. The potential for self-doubt lies in everything - and it's all her fault. Arabella Weir is a writer and performer. She appears regularly on television in various guises - in all of Alexei Sayle's TV series, Harry Enfield & Chums and The Lenny Henry Show. She is one of the stars of The Fast Show.

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Don Camillo Meets Hells Angels

Author: Giovanni Guareschi

Part of a series: Don Camillo

Publisher: Penguin Books (1974)

The 1960s catch up with Don Camillo and his old rival, Peppone, the Communist mayor, with a vengeance. Don Camillo is lumbered with a trendily ecumenical curate and Peppone is challenged by a Maoist splinter group. The Italian Economic Miracle floods the town with its dubious benefits while the Po Valley reverberates to motor-bike gangs vying for the favours of Don Camillo’s infinitely resourceful and totally unscrupulous teenage niece... Small wonder that the crucified Christ over the high altar has to remind the fulminating priest more than once that he, too, was once a long-haired revolutionary.

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