Humour

Satire fails to fire

November 2, 2015
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Satire fails to fire

The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way (And It Wasn’t My Fault) (And I’ll Never Do It Again), by P J O’Rourke (Grove Press UK, RRP $37): Author P J O’Rourke has a knack for making hilarious observations on life, as shown by his earlier bestsellers, so I was expecting big things from...

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Dreaming of the impossible

June 16, 2015
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Dreaming of the impossible

100 Things You Will Never Do, by Daniel Smith (Quercus, RRP $40): I refuse to set myself a bucket list and believe the phrase should be eradicated from our language, but must admit I did enjoy this trip through what many would see as the ultimate bucket list. Author Daniel Smith has compiled a...

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Tackling gender debate with lots of humour

June 7, 2015
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Tackling gender debate with lots of humour

Are Men Obsolete: You Decide, edited by Rudyard Griffiths (Ebury Press, RRP $20): This little book takes on the gender debate with four talented feminist writers and critics taking a crack at the argument both for and against those hairy creatures we share our lives with: Men. In centuries past, women have tended to...

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French idioms … and bidets

April 8, 2015
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French idioms … and bidets

The Eat Horses Don’t They? The Truth About the French by Piu Marie Eatwell (HarperCollins, RRP $37): Have you ever wondered what life in France is really like? Is it all garlic and fabulousness? Berets and croissants? What do they do with bidets? Do they really eat horses? In this quirky little book, Piu Marie Eatwell reveals the truth behinds 45 myths about France and its citizens. The...

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The wisdom of Agnes in time for Christmas

December 12, 2014
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The wisdom of Agnes in time for Christmas

Mrs Brown’s A-Y of Everything, by Brendan O’Carroll (Michael Joseph, Penguin, RRP $50): Irish comedian Brendon O’Carroll has taken the world by storm as with his gender bending performances on our television and movie screens so it should come as no surprise that his alter-ego Agnes Brown is now ready to take her place...

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Rich vein of humour uncovered

July 18, 2014
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Rich vein of humour uncovered

Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37): We all enjoy a sneaky peek into the lives of the fabulously rich and, over the years, those financially blessed citizens have copped more than their fair share of sniggers at the hands of some very clever writers. From Evelyn Waugh to Henry James,...

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50 shades of political humour

50 shades of political humour

50 Shades of Key: The Unofficial John Key Joke Book, by Paul Little (Paul Little Books, RRP $15): Whatever your politics, you’ll find it hard not to have a giggle at a few of the offerings in this little book. Columnist-author-publisher Paul Little has added captions to a selection of photographs of Prime Minister...

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Cute, quirky and a lot of laughs

April 4, 2014
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Cute, quirky and a lot of laughs

After Liff, by John Lloyd and Jon Canter (Faber and Faber, RRP $29): Subtitled “the new dictionary of things there should be words for”, this little hard-covered gem picks up where The Meaning of Liff  left off back in 1983. That original book was written by John Lloyd and the late Douglas Adams of...

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Good laugh for Top Gear aficionados

April 2, 2014
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Good laugh for Top Gear aficionados

The Stig: The Untold Story, by Simon du Beaumarche (Ebury Press, RRP $38): Some say he naturally faces magnetic north and has two sets of knees. He is, of course, The Stig. Forget that frilly wannabe Austin Powers, the true international man of mystery is the elusive and enigmatic Top Gear test driver The...

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Humorous book on names has a Kiwi twist

March 24, 2014
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Humorous book on names has a Kiwi twist

Hey You: A Kiwi Compendium of Baby Names, by Rosemary Hepozden (Renaissance Publishing, RRP $25): I’m sure we’ve all, at some point, looked up the meaning of our own name in one of those dinky little books that list all the names you can think of (and a few you never would have thought...

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