Portia Peach hates nourishing food, and her despairing family fear for her health. When Great-Aunt Doreen takes Portia to visit relatives at a circus, Portia discovers an ambition to be a circus performer herself, and finds that good food can help her achieve her dream! Help inspire children who hate healthy eating, with this charming book, written and illustrated by Lynn Costelloe.
The fascinating, funny and sometimes heartbreaking true story of a homeless guy called George: a real gentleman of the road. His story is recounted by author P.A.Davies who – whilst sitting in a Manchester cafe – listened to the man’s extraordinary tale over a number of weeks.
There but for the grace of God etc etc!
Quite simply a fabulous book. The story is narrated by a dog, a dog with more insight into being human than many of our own species could hope for.
This book has everything: humour, heartbreak, philosophy, excitement, and most of all, love. And for me, a bonus: I had never realised just how demanding car racing could be!
During a once-in-a-lifetime holiday aboard a luxury cruise liner, Manny Sequaila, a prickly social misfit from Battersea, finds his barroom relaxation interrupted by a cluster of unexploded World War 2 sea mines that collide with the ship and dutifully relinquish their unexploded status. From that moment on, Manny’s life is diverted onto a terrifying new trajectory by a subterranean corpse, an ancient jewel, bickering Greek gods and a telepath in tight swimming briefs.
Manny Sequaila and the Eye of Cronus is the first in a series of humorous adventures that pits stupidity, impatience and profuse cowardice against an unforgiving and indifferent universe.
A middle aged man sets off to post a letter and ends up walking without money, proper shoes, map, or food, for nearly 90 days, towards a destination over 600 miles away whose exact location he doesn’t even know. His mission: to save a life.
After several of the early pages wondering where on earth this story was going, I found myself drawn towards Harold, his wife, and the terminally ill woman he has decided to visit. Curiosity got the better of me and before long I was turning pages avidly, needing to know the outcome. Would he make it in time? What damage had he done to his marriage? What was the mystery surrounding his estranged son?
And it gradually dawned on me that this story is about living an extraordinary life, about having the courage to live in the unknown, to commit, and to take action, no matter how ‘dull and ordinary’ one’s circumstances are.
Harold is joined and subsequently deserted by a motley crew of well-wishers and fame seekers. Even Dog, who had, as Harold said, ‘chosen to walk with Harold for a while, and then it had chosen to stop, and walk instead with the young girl. Life was like that.’
To quote Alfred Hickling in The Guardian, Rachel Joyce successfully conveys ‘profound emotions in simple, unaffected language’.
And for me, therein lies both its charm and its success.
The Unexpected Vacation of George Thring by Alastair Puddick
A novel of love, gangsters and Elvis impersonators
George Thring runs away from home. By accident.
Depressed, lonely and tired of life, George Thring leaves work one night but never makes it home. Before he knows it, he’s driven over 200 miles in the wrong direction and finds himself in a strange little town, in the middle of nowhere, during their annual Elvis Presley appreciation festival.
As he stumbles from one mishap to another, George meets the woman of his dreams, unwittingly aids in a bank robbery and finds himself pursued by both the police and a gang of angry criminals.
With a big life decision to make, and a girl to try and win over, George is given the chance to become the hero he has always wanted to be.
But is he brave enough to take it?
Surviving Planet Baby by Rosie Liddle
This is a highly imaginative comedy in which having a baby is ‘another world’. The narrator travels around, making new friends and trying to understand the alien experience. It is clever, witty and sharp with many laugh-out-loud moments to cheer up new mums.
Heaven, Inc. – A Helluva Novel by Alan Taffel
When Marvin Miller dies, he finds Heaven different than he imagined: there are no Pearly Gates, no puffy clouds, and certainly no winged angels playing harps. In fact, Marvin discovers Heaven is run like a business and that he is expected to contribute to the Heavenly community by holding a job that puts him in direct contact with the Devil, a roguish, rebellious golf fanatic.
As part of Heaven’s Management Team, Marvin encourages residents to donate parts of their souls in order to create new life on Earth. However, when he falls for Bree, a rebellious activist who suspects the donations are not entirely voluntary, Marvin must confront Good versus Evil in the Heavenly realm as well as manage a Heavenly crisis of epic proportions.
Between Marvin, Bree, the Devil, and a wondrous cat named Zoey, Heaven will never be the same.
WARNING: This book will seriously damage your funny bone. The poorest boy in school has just inherited £1 million. But there is a catch: If he can hold on to his cash for a whole year he will earn ten times that amount. Enter Felicity MacKenzie, the ugliest, sweatiest, vilest, cruelest, hairiest mother in the western world. When she steals her son’s money and goes on the spending spree to end all spending sprees it seems that Johnny Nothing will stay poor forever. However, Johnny has a plan – he will imprison his parents and force them to do homework and go to bed early as punishment. Join Johnny Nothing, Bill and Ben the bouncer men, Ebenezer Dark and a cast of literally dozens in (probably) the funniest book you will (most likely) ever read in (some of) your lifetime. Learn why solicitors like handbags; why dead people are windier than the North Sea; why parents dislike electrocution; and what happens to you after you die. Johnny Nothing: Book 01 in a series of less than two from best-selling author Ian Probert.
It’s a Desperate Life by Peter Hammond
A hilarious Dublin-based comedy concerning the home and pub life of Frankie Flynn. Frankie’s wife wants to move to the suburbs – taking him away from all that he loves. Will they go or will they stay?
The Best Thing I Never Had by Erin Lawless
‘Funny and Addictive… If this is Erin Lawless’ first book, I can’t wait to read her next one!’ – Fabulous Magazine (The Sun)
‘Friendships, trust, lies, deceit, love and so much more – a real page-turner for me!!’ – Cosmochicklitan
‘A superb debut about complicated ties, betrayal and lies, and one of my favourite books of the year.’ – ChickLit Club
‘The Best Thing I Never Had was mind-blowingly good and everyone should read it’ – ChickLitReviews
‘One of the most engaging books I’ve read this year. I loved it’ – Books with Bunny
‘This book was so incredibly amazingly awesome that I want to shout it from the hilltops and make ALL my friends buy it this instant!!’ – The Chiq Blog
‘So much more than a love story, more of a life story.’
Five years ago at university they had been seven friends that laughed hard and loved harder.
Nicky and Miles were the couple that were always meant to be… Leigha and Adam, not so much…
So when Adam and Harriet grew close during endless days in the library, they did the one thing that changed everything – they kept a secret. And when it came out, it all fell apart.
When the day comes for bridesmaids to be chosen and best men to fulfil drunken promises, Nicky and Miles’ wedding isn’t just a wedding, it’s a reunion – loaded with past hurts, past regrets, past loves…
The Best Thing I Never Had is in turns funny and sad, but always honest, about friendship in all its forms and the practicality of second chances.
If you fell in love with Mhairi McFarlane’s You Had Me at Hello and David Nicholls’ One Day, then this stunning debut book is for you.
Christmas at Thornton Hall by Lynn-Marie Hulsman
“Christmas at Thornton Hall should DEFINITELY be your Christmas read of 2013.” – Erin Lawless, author of The Best Thing I Never Had
“Christmas at Thornton Hall is a lovely, funny and sexy modern “upstairs, downstairs” story. Prepare yourself for a Christmas like you’ve never seen before.” – M’s Bookshelf
“If you only treat yourself to one festive read this year, it has to be this one.” – Goodreads Reviewer
Need a fun, festive treat to warm you up on cold winter nights? Don’t miss this terrific debut from a witty new voice in romantic comedy!
When Juliet Hill unwittingly discovers a most-definitely-not-hers-rhinestone-studded lace thong in her high-flying lawyer boyfriend’s apartment, this usually feisty chef is suddenly single and facing a very blue Christmas – with only a ready meal for one to keep her company!
So when she’s personally requested to cater for the family at Thornton Hall three days before Christmas, it’s not long before Juliet’s standing at the (back) door of the Earl of Gloucester’s impossibly grand ancestral pile.
The halls are decked, the guests are titled, those below the stairs are delightfully catty, and all-American Juliet sets to work cooking up a glorious British Christmas with all the trimmings.
But other flames are burning besides those on the stove… Sparks fly with Edward, the gorgeous ex-soldier turned resident chef, and are those sidelong looks Juliet’s getting from her boss, the American tycoon Jasper Roth?
As the snow starts to fall on the idyllic Cotswolds countryside, so does the veneer of genteel high society and there are more than a few ancient skeletons rattling out of the Hall’s numerous dark cupboards!
CHRISTMAS AT THORNTON HALL is a country house rom com for the modern age, a must-read for fans of the scandals and drama of Downton Abbey and the charm and wit of Helen Fielding.
The jenkins’s Wales first family by Chris needs
A humourous discription of a Welsh family , .not to be taken too seriously
Being Miss by Fran Hill
Comic novella-length account of one day in a teacher’s life. It’s based on real experience. It’s an insight into the classroom you’ll never forget. And, as Miss stumbles through her day, you’ll feel much better about yourself.
Delayed Death by Beate Boeker
What do you do when you find your grandfather dead half an hour before your cousin’s wedding? You hide him in his bed and tell everyone he didn’t feel like coming.
Delayed Death is an entertaining mystery set in Florence, Italy. When Carlina finds her grandfather dead on the day of her cousin’s wedding, she decides to hide the corpse until after the ceremony. However, her grandfather was poisoned, and she becomes the attractive Inspector’s prime suspect. On top of that, she has to manage her boisterous family and her luxurious lingerie store called Temptation, a juggling act that creates many hilarious situations.
Crud . . . Another Journal by LaRae Parry
Hilariously crazy journal entries from one crazy lady
FLOWER CITY BLUES by Allen Rosenberg
SEX, DRUGS, and ROCK ’n’ ROLL: Plug in your way-back machine and get ready for a far-out street level romp from innocence to experience
Follow Fonzal Raab, the laid-back young owner of the city’s first head shop, on a wild street level odyssey through the Flower City at the end of the Psychedelic Sixties and the beginning of the Funky Seventies. It is a no holds barred rip-roaring tale packed with in-your-face dialog and populated with a gallery of sinister characters from both sides of the law.
Fonzal befriends Don Valentine, the self-indulgent, street-savvy owner of the Sandman Lounge. Fonzal smokes pot and wears bellbottoms; Don drinks Scotch and wears leisure suits. It’s like a buddy movie from hell.
Fonzal gets his new found friend to make introductions to the kind of people who will pay big bucks for one of Fonzal’s illegal Blue Boxes, people like the city’s mobbed-up wise-guys
and wise-guy-wannabes. Throughout the story Fonzal deals with mobsters, radicals, and a drug deal gone bad, very bad. He dodges the cops, the DA, the FBI, phone company security, and a real bullet.
When Fonzal isn’t peddling Blue Boxes he makes time to party-hardy with a strange mix of friends and lovers, exotic dancers, and even a famous Rock star.
On the outside, Fonzal looks like a man who has his shit together. On the inside, Fonzal’s heart is breaking as he struggles to remain relevant in his young daughter’s life, watches helplessly as his father battles the ravages of dementia, and looks for real love.
So, plug in your way-back machine, close your eyes, and join Fonzal in the vanished world of Easy Rider, Goodfellas, and Fritz the Cat filled with outrageous events, tender moments, and huge belly laughs.
SINFULLY-DELICIOUS WITH A FEEL-GOOD ENDING
An Ordinary Joe by Andy Scott
When terminal cancer patient Joe is given a final chance at life he embarks on an adventurous last ditch Bucket List. Recording his exploits in his daily anonymous blog he is unknowingly turned into a radio heartthrob when Cincinnati DJ Vince Storme builds a show around Joe’s adventures. Joe never imagines he would fall head over heels in love with Jenni but when he does the whole of Cincinnati are listening to find out what happens. Although completely stricken with her there’s just one catch. He doesn’t know who she is and no one knows Joe’s true identity. This fast paced romantic comedy will have you rolling with laughter right before you pull out your hankie.
Journal of a Crazy Lady by LaRae Parry
Wacky journal entries based on true events that will leave the reader laughing on the floor, or peeing on the floor.
the unsinkable herr goering by ian cassidy
Contrary to what the so-called history books tell you, Hermann Goering, Hitler’s Deputy, Head of the Luftwaffe and second most powerful man in Nazi Germany, did not leave this world courtesy of a cyanide tablet secreted in the heel of his jackboot minutes before his appointment with the hangman. The truth is far more bizarre. THE UNSINKABLE HERR GOERING is a monumental debut novel by Ian Cassidy. It follows Goering, a man blindsided by hubris, on his attempted escape – from both Germany as well as from the Allies – and the inept men of mettle who put a stop to it. It is a hilariously depraved story of of villainous villains, slightly less villainous heroes, bad behavior (and even worse beer), and uncomfortable underwear. Not since A Confederacy of Dunces has a book brought to life such audaciously flawed characters. It gets so much wrong, yet so much right.
Kill Me Now by Lawrence Fisher
A humorous look at the world of dating. Who hasn’t had a date from hell?
The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club by Duncan Whitehead
Something is not quite right in the leafy Savannah neighborhood of Gordonston.
As the friends and fellow members of her afternoon cocktail club gather to mourn the death and lament the life of their neighbor, Thelma Miller, not all is what it seems.
When old friends vie for the attention of widower, alderman and mayoral candidate Elliott, jealousies surface and friendships are strained. An old woman with a dark secret and an infamous uncle plots her revenge for a perceived wrong done over thirty years before, a once successful children’s writer with his own secret is haunted by memories of the past and aspiring model Kelly Hudd has just won the trip of a lifetime.
Soon secrets are revealed and an intertwined web of deceits and lies surfaces in the middle class neighborhood where a killer lurks, but is anyone really who they seem to be? A mysterious old man in South America, a young Italian count parading the streets of Paris and a charitable and kindhearted nephew recently arrived from India add to the remarkable assortment of characters in this story of intrigue, deceit and revenge. What is the secret a recently retired accountant is trying to hide and just why did former showgirl and attractive sixty two year old widow Carla Zipp really have plastic surgery?
As the plot thickens and the Georgia temperature rises we discover who is destined for an early-unmarked grave in the wooded park that centers the tree-lined avenues of Gordonston.
A mysterious organization with links to organized crime, a handsome fire fighter who can do no wrong, and a trio of widows with deep hidden agendas compound a story of simplistic complexity. As twists and turns lead the reader to a conclusion that they will not see coming and a sucker punch ending that will leave readers breathless, the Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club’s top priority remains the need to chastise the culprit who refuses to ‘scoop’ after his dog walking sessions in their treasured park.
Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me by Caroline James
A romantic comedy by Caroline James (debut novel)
Jo’s romance with the gypsy began with his first kiss, she never forgot it…
When Jo Edmond’s husband runs off with their nanny and disappears into a Spanish sunset, Jo resolves to make a new life with her baby son. She impulsively purchases Kirkton House a run down guest house and with the help of a colourful cast of characters, establishes a thriving country house hotel. Jo opens the hotel during Fair Week, a famous 300 year old gypsy tradition, hated by the locals and loved by every tinker and traveller in the country. Romance is the last thing on her mind, until the enigmatic John Doherty walks into her life…
Pink Wellies and Flat Caps by Lynda Renham
Alice Lane has everything; a wonderful fiancé, a responsible job and a lovely flat in Chelsea, but after she has a bra fitting her life goes tits up. Homeless, and with just a sparkling engagement ring as a memory of her previous life Alice accepts a live-in farm manager s job and discovers that things actually can get worse. Come with Alice as she makes her hilarious career change and struggles to cope with her moody employer, Edward. But can Alice turn her back on romance and resist the dashing Dominic or will the past come back to surprise her?
How Do You Voodoo? by Janice Horton
Love Reading Love Books voted ‘How Do You Voodoo?’
A Five Star Read of 2012’
Loveless fashion model Nola Nichols thinks being beautiful is a curse; that is until she is cursed and her looks begin to fade just a week before the most important photo shoot of her career.
Reaching for the Stars by Janice Horton
From the bestselling author of Bagpipes & Bullshot.
Scottish celebrity chef Finn McDuff is media stalked and disillusioned after winning his third star and losing his third wife. He decides he’s had enough of all the food campaigns, the TV cookery shows, the constant frenzy surrounding his private life and, after giving up all his accolades and closing down his restaurant, he disappears.
Love him or hate him, everyone is out looking for Chef McDuff.
The Crying Pennant by Stephen Jennison-Smith
King Arthur, the conceited battle chieftain of legend, and his trusty Man-at-Arms Biggs, who resents his king and friend, encounter a dwarf through a mistake. Together they meet an effeminate elf, a Chinese children’s entertainer, a monk of the short order and a Fully armoured war horse then accept a mission to rescue two princesses from a D’ark Lord, defeat him and slay a dragon. This would be quite straight forward if the pompous king and his band of chums took things seriously, which they don’t! Be prepared for fun and silliness in this fantasy/science fiction novel, the first in the Arth Series.
Misadventures Of Fatwoman by Julie Elizabeth Powell
Andi has always been anxious about her weight and like many women, thinks that unless she is thin, she has no value.
Follow her ‘misadventures’ and see if this is true or will she find there are more important things that makes a person who and what they are?