A national treasure's journey to the brink and back. 'Will I wake up?' 'There's a 50:50 chance.' Michael Rosen wasn't feeling well. Soon he was struggling to breathe, and then he was admitted to hospital, suffering from coronavirus as the nation teetered on the edge of a global pandemic. What followed was months on the wards: six weeks in an induced coma, and many more weeks of rehab and recovery as the NHS saved Michael's life, and then got him back on his feet. Throughout Michael's stay in intensive care, a notebook lay at the end of his bed, where the nurses who cared for him wrote letters of hope and support. Embarking on the long road to recovery, Michael was soon ready to start writing about his near-death experience. Combining stunning new prose poems by one of Britain's best loved poets and the moving coronavirus diaries of his nurses, doctors and wife Emma-Louise Williams, this is a beautiful book about love, life and the NHS. Featuring original illustrations by Chris Riddell, each page celebrates the power of community, the importance of kind gestures in dark times, and the indomitable spirits of the people who keep us well.
Cats may have intelligence that far exceeds our own... but it doesn’t stop them getting completely stuck, often in the most ridiculous places. Cats Getting Stuck documents some of the funniest scrapes felines have got themselves into, from wrestling with hangers to getting wedged into glass jars, or the results of overambitious climbing! But whenever they’re caught with their paws in a twist, they style it out as though they WANTED to get tangled up in some window blinds. We can but stand back and laugh (then untangle them).
'Football. Bloody hell.' The longest serving and most successful manager in British football history shocked the world by finally retiring in May 2013 and instantly created more column inches and twitter mentions that the death of Margaret Thatcher. And he wasn’t just the greatest, but also one of the most outspoken, engaging and witty voices from the game, as this book proves. Here is the history of his supreme verbal sparring during his years at Manchester United - the man in his own words (with a few additional thoughts from those who knew him best and crossed swords with him most). 'There's nothing wrong with losing your temper once in a while if it's for the right reasons' 'If he was an inch taller he’d be the best centre-half in Britain. His father is 6ft 2in – I’d check the milkman' On Gary Neville 'He could start a row in an empty house' On Denis Wise 'The list of gentle, naturally retiring men who have been successful in their attempts at running clubs isn't a long one, is it?'
From the brilliant mind of Michaela Coel, creator and star of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum, comes a passionate and inspired declaration against fitting in. When invited to deliver the MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Michaela Coel touched a lot of people with her striking revelations about race, class and gender, but the person most significantly impacted was Coel herself. Building on her celebrated speech, Misfits immerses readers in her vision through powerful allegory and deeply personal anecdotes—from her coming of age in London public housing to her discovery of theater and her love for storytelling. And she tells of her reckoning with trauma...
The days of wooing your love with embarrassing poetry or rambling love letters are over. Here begins the new dawn in the evolution the language of love: emoji. With a wealth of emojis on offer to convey your adoration, from kissy faces and hearts-for-eyes, to saucier combinations like the lock and key, there is no end to the ways you can declare your love. And this book will guide you through each stage of your relationship with phrases for every occasion. Step back Shakespeare: wherefore are thou, aubergine? Sections include: pick-up lines, what not to say on a first date, how to say ‘I love you’, living together, the proposal, breaking up, love songs and romantic films (sure you can translate ‘Ghost’, but how would you do ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’?). A perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, you’ll never just send a boring row of hearts again.
Growing up on the Wirral, Hannah Jackson had no idea she wanted to work on a farm until a life-changing family visit to the Lake District in her late teens. It was there where she first saw a lamb being born, giving her the drive to defy her urban roots and become a professional shepherd. She never looked back. In this uplifting and inspirational memoir, Hannah shares how she broke the stereotypes of her 'townie' beginnings, took risks and faced up to the challenges of being a young woman in a male-dominated industry, and followed her heart to become the Red Shepherdess. But behind the beautiful landscape, talented sheepdogs and eye-catching red hair was a steep learning curve. The physically and mentally demanding conditions she faced as she chased her dreams to build her own Cumbrian farm taught Hannah the values the holds true, including community, leadership, patience and resilience. In Call Me Red, Hannah gives a unique insight into farming life and reveals a mindset and determination that proves no matter your background, with hard graft (and a loyal sheepdog) you can make your dreams a reality.
If you can't say something nice... say it in emoji. Shock your friends and family with this brilliantly offensive collection of emoji put-downs and comebacks. With this handy guide, the endless potential for a punishing emoji burn will be opened to you like never before – far beyond just relying on the classic middle finger symbol. From everyday insults to brutal Shakespearean zingers, classic movie put-downs to the best ‘your mum’ jokes, this is your complete phrasebook for the ever more savage world of emoji insults.
From awkward hen and stags to boring car journeys, boozy dinner parties to Friday afternoons in the office, Games for Bored Adults is packed full of hilarious gaming inspiration to liven up any dull situation. Why not play human Buckaroo with a sleeping stranger, take on the After Eight challenge, or laugh in the face of pulled muscles in the ultimate ‘Cereal Killer’ game? Challenge your friends, indulge your competitive streak and prove yourself the undisputed victor in a whole range of funny and imaginative games for every occasion.
They say love is a many-splendored thing. So what could be more splendid than giving this pocket-sized book of love quotes, sayings and appeasements to show how much you truly care? Following in the footsteps of its less love-filled yet highly successful Keep Calm siblings, Keep Calm and Cuddle Up has all the advice you need to understand the complex matters of the heart. With words of wisdom from Jane Austen and Mark Twain, to Dr Johnson and Dolly Parton, let this compendium of amore guide you along the rocky road of love. 'Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn down your house, you never can tell' Joan Crawford 'If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain' Dolly Parton 'Immature love says: "I love you because I need you." Mature love says "I need you because I love you"' Erich Fromm 'Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience' Dr Johnson 'Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love' Jane Austen
Struggling to explain what you mean? Can’t find the words to do you justice? Think a picture could say it better? Keep Walking, This Doesn't Concern You brings together some of the internet’s laugh-out-loud and ridiculously stupid memes to help you make sense... #parenting, #relationships, #winning, #fails, #work, #drinking and #lols whatever the occasion, you’ll never have to worry about expressing yourself again. #TheresaMemeforThat