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Flying Dutch

Author: Tom Holt

Publisher: Orbit (1992)

A comic fantasy novel by the author of Expecting Someone Taller and Who's Afraid of Beowulf? . Vanderdecken, the Flying Dutchman, did not, as is believed, make a deal with the Devil which left him cast away for centuries. The truth is different, and very confusing.

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Follow Me

Author: Sheila O'Flanagan

Publisher: Headline (2011)

A fabulously warm, witty and romantic novella from the much-loved bestselling author Sheila OFlanagan, published as part of the Quick Reads series Pippa Jones seems to have it all. The only thing that the high-flying career girl is missing is love. When she spots a gorgeous man who seems to be following her everywhere she goes, she wonders if fate is trying to throw them together. But with her job on the line can she afford to make time for this handsome, mysterious stranger?

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Four Days Wonder

Author: A A Milne

Publisher: Bello (2017)

An hilarious spoof on the detective novel from A. A. Milne, one of the finest comic writers in the English language and the creator of Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh.

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Funny Girl

Author: Nick Hornby

Publisher: Penguin (2015)

Make them laugh, and they're yours forever . . . Barbara Parker is Miss Blackpool of 1964, but she doesn't want to be a beauty queen. She only wants to make people laugh. So she leaves her hometown behind, takes herself off to London, and lands a life-changing audition for a new BBC comedy series. Overnight she becomes Sophie Straw: charming, gorgeous, destined to win the nation's hearts. Funny Girl is the story of a smash-hit TV show and the people behind the scenes: the writers, Tony and Bill, friends since national service and comedy obsessives; producer Dennis, Oxbridge educated, clever, mild and not-so-secretly devoted to his star actress Sophie; and dashing male lead Clive, who firmly believes he's destined for better things. The show's success continues rocketing and the cast and crew are having the time of their lives. But when the script begins to get a bit too close to home, and life starts imitating art, they all face a choice. How long can they keep going before it's time to change the channel? Funny Girl offers a captivating portrait of youthful exuberance and freedom at a time when Britain itself was experiencing one of its most enduring creative bursts. Hornby fans will love this book, as will readers of David Nicholls, Mark Haddon and William Boyd.

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Getting Even

Author: Woody Allen

Publisher: W H Allen and Co. Ltd (1980)

After three decades of prodigious film work (and some unfortunate tabloid adventures as well), it's easy to forget that Woody Allen began his career as one heck of a great comedy writer. Getting Even, a collection of his late '60s magazine pieces, offers a look into Allen's bag of shtick, back when it was new. From the supposed memoirs of Hitler's barber: "Then, in January of 1945, a plot by several generals to shave Hitler's moustache in his sleep failed when von Stauffenberg, in the darkness of Hitler's bedroom, shaved off one of the Führer's eyebrows instead..." Even though the idea of writing jokes about old Adolf--or addled rabbis, or Maatjes herring--isn't nearly as fresh as it used to be, Getting Even still delivers plenty of laughs. At his best, Woody can achieve a level of transcendent craziness that no other writer can match. If you're looking for a book to dip into at random, or a gift for someone who's seen Sleeper 13 times, Getting Even is a dead lock. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Getting Rid Of Matthew

Author: Jane Fallon

Publisher: Penguin (2007)

Breaking up is hard to do. Especially when he's left his wife for you . . . What to do if Matthew, your secret lover of the past four years, finally decides to leave his wife Sophie and their two daughters and move into your flat, just when you're thinking that you might not want him anymore . . . PLAN A: Stop shaving your armpits. And your bikini line. Tell him you have a moustache that you wax every six weeks. Stop having sex with him. Pick holes in the way he dresses. Don't brush your teeth. Or your hair. Or pluck out the stray hag-whisker that grows out of your chin. Buy incontinence pads and leave them lying around. PLAN B: Accidentally on purpose bump into his wife Sophie. Give yourself a fake name and identity. Befriend Sophie. Actually begin to really like Sophie. Snog Matthew's son (who's the same age as you by the way. You're not a paedophile). Buy a cat and give it a fake name and identity. Befriend Matthew's children. Unsuccessfully. Watch your whole plan go absolutely horribly wrong. Getting Rid of Matthew is the sharp and hilariously funny novel from bestselling author Jane Fallon. It was also a Richard and Judy pick.

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Good Omens

Authors: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman

Publisher: Corgi (1990)

According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter - the world's only totally reliable guide the future - the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea... 'A superbly funny book. Pratchett and Gaiman are the most hilariously sinister team since Jekyll and Hyde. If this is Armageddon, count me in.' - James Herbert 'GOOD OMENS is frequently hilarious, littered with funny footnotes and eccentric characters. It's also humane, intelligent, suspenseful, and full equipped with a chorus of "Tibetans, Aliens, Americans, Atlanteans and other rare and strange creatures of the Last Days." If the end is near. Pratchett and Gaiman will take us there in style' - Locus 'Wickedly funny' - Time Out 'Hilarious Pratchett magic tempered by Neil Gaiman's dark steely style; who could ask for better combination?' - Fear 'Not quite as sinister as the authors' photo' - The Times

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Grailblazers

Author: Tom Holt

Publisher: Orbit (1994)

Fifteen hundred years have passed and the Holy Grail is still missing, presumed ineffable. The knights have dumped the quest and now deliver pizzas, while the sinister financial services of the lost kingdom of Atlantis threatens the universe with fiscal Armageddon.

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Gridlock

Author: Ben Elton

Publisher: Sphere Books Ltd (1992)

Gridlock is when a city dies. Killed in the name of freedom. Killed in the name of oil and steel. Choked on carbon monoxide and strangled with a pair of fluffy dice. How did it come to this? How did the ultimate freedom machine end up paralysing us all? How did we end up driving to our own funeral, in somebody else’s gravy train? Deborah and Geoffrey know, but they have transport problems of their own, and anyway, whoever it was that murdered the city can just as easily murder them.

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Gunner Milligan, 954024

Author: Spike Milligan

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (1995)

Spike Milligan’s acclaimed recollections of his part in Hitler’s downfall

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