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Friday 4th September 2020

Yes, it's that time of the month again - your goody-packed Shop Newsletter! You might've noticed yesterday was the book industry's "super Thursday", when thousands of new titles hit the shelves ahead of the busy winter/Christmas period - read on for the comedy picks amongst them.

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How To Build A Girl

How To Build A Girl

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Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein) is a sixteen-year-old extrovert from the outskirts of Wolverhampton with raging hormones and gigantic dreams. Even though she loves her big, boisterous family, Johanna yearns to get out and make a name for herself - which she does, reinventing herself as revered and feared music critic, Dolly Wilde. As she slaughters her way to greater and greater success, the lines between Johanna Morrigan and Dolly Wilde begin to haze. She has finally figured out how to build a girl - but is this the girl she wanted to build

Based on Caitlin Moran's book of the same name, How To Build A Girl is an irreverent coming of age comedy about what it's really like to be a girl.

Love Sarah

Love Sarah

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Starring Celia Imrie, Shannon Tarbet, Shelley Conn, Rupert Penry Jones and Bill Paterson. With a special appearance by Candice Brown.

Determined to fulfil her late mother's dream of opening a bakery in charming Notting Hill, 19-year-old Clarissa enlists the help of her mother's best friend Isabella and her eccentric estranged grandmother Mimi. Three generations of women will need to overcome grief, doubts and differences to honour the memory of their beloved Sarah while embarking on a journey to establish a London bakery filled with love, hope and colourful pastries from all over the world.

This brand new comedy, which received a limited cinema release just as they reopened in the summer, will be available to own on DVD from Monday.

Frank Skinner - How To Enjoy Poetry

Frank Skinner - How To Enjoy Poetry

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Frank Skinner wants you to read more poetry. Whether you're a frequent poetry reader or haven't read any since sixth form, Frank's infectious passion for language, rhythm and metre aim to win you over and provide you with the basic tools you need to tackle any poem.

In this short, "easy-to-digest and delightful book", Frank guides us through the twists and turns of Pad, pad by Stevie Smith, a short, seemingly simple poem that contains multitudes of meaning and a deceptive depth of emotion.

Horrible Histories - Series Eight

Horrible Histories - Series Eight

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It's Series 8 of the BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning Horrible Histories! Join the gang for an irreverent look at some of history's most amazing people and happenings, including: the Victorians inventing film (Queen Victoria was a HUGE fan!), some of history's greatest fashion faux pas and fiercest females, as well as a celebration of the heroic home front.

Plus, Dara O Briain joins Rattus to celebrate the Moon Landings, Fred Sirieix advises him on Manners and Dani Dyer becomes Rattus's Political advisor for a look at Putrid Politics.

Not Now Comrade

Not Now Comrade

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An uproarious British farce featuring a classic line-up of comedy veterans (including Leslie Phillips, Carol Hawkins, Roy Kinnear, June Whitfield, Ian Lavender, Windsor Davies and Don Estelle), Not Now, Comrade is packed to the brim with mistaken identities, assumed names, extreme confusion, double-takes and triple entendres, and has now been newly remastered in high definition for this world premiere Blu-ray release.

Rudi, the highly-strung star of a Russian ballet company, defects to the West. Or, at least, he tries to. Unable to reach safety and pursued by the KGB, he takes refuge with a passing stripper named Barbara. From that point, his plans go somewhat downhill!

The Bruce Forsyth Show

The Bruce Forsyth Show

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The King of Light Entertainment, Bruce Forsyth's career on television spanned a remarkable seven decades - from the London Palladium shows of the 1950s to more than ten years of Strictly Come Dancing. An all-round entertainer and light comedian, Brucie was perhaps never better than on the run of shows he did in the mid 1960s with Morecambe & Wise's scriptwriters Sid Green and Dick Hills.

Mixing music, dancing and comedy in the time-honoured tradition, ABC's The Bruce Forsyth Show focused on laughter, glamour and big name guests, including Frankie Howerd, Cilla Black, Dudley Moore (and his trio), Tommy Cooper, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Diana Dors, Kathy Kirby, Julie Rogers, Harry Secombe and more! This release contains all nine programmes that survive from this classic series, including the 1965 Christmas special, plus the incomplete Frankie Howerd edition from 1966.

BBC Comedy Festival

BBC Comedy Festival

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Expect a summer festival with a difference as some of the nation's favourite comics turn curators and host a virtual festival featuring their favourite performers from the worlds of comedy, literature and spoken word. They're in control of everything (even the weather) as we're taken along for the ride to not only hear some great performances but also to get an insight into the cultural radars of our celebrity hosts. The six episodes are hosted in turn by Miles Jupp, Jo Brand, Daliso Chaponda, Jayde Adams, Sara Pascoe and Darren Harriott.

Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais - More Than Likely: A Memoir

Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais - More Than Likely: A Memoir

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Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais are the creators of some of British television's most beloved comedies. Essex-born Clement teamed up with Geordie insurance salesman La Frenais in the early 1960s and scripted a series about two young pals from Newcastle, The Likely Lads, which became one of BBC Two's first hits. The duo went on to create the classic comedies Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?, Porridge starring Ronnie Barker, and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Together and separately they have worked as writers and script editors for some of the most famous TV programmes ever made.

Their career has covered writing, directing and producing for movies and the theatre as well as for television. They have written comedy set in factories, prisons and building sites; drama set in shabby London streets and the corridors of power; musicals about bands coming together and bands breaking apart. Along the way they have had some memorable encounters with movie stars like Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Marlon Brando; and with poets, prima donnas, politicians and rock stars. This is their story.

Not In Front Of The Children - The Complete BBC Radio Series

Not In Front Of The Children - The Complete BBC Radio Series

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Wendy Craig stars in the complete Series 1 and 2 of the popular 1960s sitcom, as heard on BBC radio, adapted from the hit television comedy of the same name. With three young kids and a headstrong husband, frazzled housewife Jennifer Corner has her hands full. Everyday life can be chaotic and full of challenges - but no matter what crises the Corners encounter, Jen keeps the family together.

In these 26 episodes, a shaky treehouse gets hubby Henry in trouble with the law, the couple's plans for a week free of the children go awry and Jen's money-making plans run into red tape - and worse!

The Man In The Hat

The Man In The Hat

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The Man In The Hat is a beautifully framed odyssey of music, story-telling and silent comedy traversing the breath-taking landscapes of France.

We follow The Man in the Hat (Ciarán Hinds) as he journeys through France in a Fiat 500, accompanied by a framed photograph of an unknown woman. He is pursued by five angry men in a Citroën Dyane. Why are they chasing him? And how can he shake them off? Travelling north on his escape across the mountains, gorges and bridges of France, he hears stories of love and loss, listens to Schubert, Otis Redding and Canteloube, and encounters mysterious strangers including The Damp Man (Stephen Dillane), The Chef (Muna Otaru) and The Biker (Maïwenn); coming face to face with the vivid eccentricities of an old country on an old continent, whilst trying to evade the pursuers who are always, relentlessly, on his tail.

Whose Line Is It Anyway? - The Complete BBC Radio Series

Whose Line Is It Anyway? - The Complete BBC Radio Series

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The hit improvisation radio show that spawned the TV phenomenon. Regular team captains Stephen Fry and John Sessions are joined by Lenny Henry, Dawn French, Hugh Laurie, Enn Reitel, Jimmy Mulville, Nonny Williams, Griff Rhys Jones, Kate Robbins, John Bird, Rory Bremner and Jon Glover, as they battle their way through a succession of games and romp through a world of literary styles, TV theme tunes, and film genres. Chairman Clive Anderson desperately tries to hold the whole thing together and the guests make it up as they go along in this riot of improvisation. First heard on BBC Radio 4 in January 1988, with Colin Sell at the piano.

After The Fox

After The Fox

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One of the world's greatest criminals and conmen, Aldo 'The Fox' Vanucci (Peter Sellers) has finally struck gold. But to traffic his embezzled bullion he must enact his most outrageous scheme yet - disguised as a neo-realist film director. Co-starring Victor Mature and Britt Ekland, and directed by Vittorio De Sica, After The Fox is a madcap comedy caper, at once both a zany heist farce and a riotous filmmaking satire.

This new HD restoration comes packed with special features, both new and old, including some incredibly rare must-see early films.

Semi-Detached

Semi-Detached

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Starring Lee Mack, this real-time sitcom follows the exploits of a loser called Stuart as he struggles through the worst half hour of his life. Until the next episode.

Divorced couple Stuart (Lee Mack) and Kate (Samantha Spiro) live on opposite sides of the same street. Stuart just wants to keep the peace and to keep his new girlfriend (Ellie White). But his extended family means he's forced to contend with his ex-wife's annoying new husband (Patrick Baladi), his own sexually promiscuous dad (Clive Russell), an extortionist brother (Neil Fitzmaurice), a rebellious daughter (Sarah Hoare), and very unpredictable next-door neighbours (Geoff McGivern and Cecilia Noble). Laugh-out-loud farcical stakes combine with a naturalistic grit and pace to make Semi-Detached feel unlike any other sitcom.

Bad Salsa - The Complete Series 1 - 3

Bad Salsa - The Complete Series 1 - 3

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All 10 episodes of the BBC radio comedy about three women who embrace the world of salsa while adjusting to life after cancer. After their treatment for ovarian and breast cancer, Chippy is mad, Jill is sad and Terri is definitely dangerous to know! Seeking to regain their zest for life and love, they throw themselves into dance classes at Bad Salsa, the club where everyone knows your name but no-one knows your prognosis. As they try to deal with the many obstacles on the road back to normality - or at least, a 'new normal' - the three friends must get to grips with their own particular aftershocks and face their own fears.

Trouble Brewing

Trouble Brewing

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One of the successful run of pre-war Ealing comedies that secured George Formby's enduring popularity with the British public, Trouble Brewing sees everyone's favourite gawp turn amateur detective when he's swindled out of his racing winnings. Co-starring Googie Withers, Gus McNaughton, Martita Hunt and Ronald Shiner, it is presented here as a high definition remaster from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

Feeble George, a newspaper compositor with delusions of being a detective, wins big at the races. But when he changes his three tenners down to more manageable fivers he's slipped counterfeit notes. Suitably annoyed, George puts his sleuthing skills to the test and goes undercover!

Jem Roberts - Fab Fools

Jem Roberts - Fab Fools

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There are many Beatles books out there - but nobody has previously told the story of the greatest band of all time's real X factor, that special something which elevated them above all their competitors: The Beatles' COMEDY. This is the last remaining untold Beatles story worth telling.

Comedy historian and official biographer of Fry & Laurie, Douglas Adams, Blackadder and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, Jem Roberts has spent a decade researching the story of the Beatles' adventures in comedy to create his magnum opus - Fab Fools. It's the full, detailed, hilarious story of how John, Paul, George and Ringo laughed their way to the toppermost of the poppermost - their classic films, cartoons and even pantomime, not to mention their experimentations with audio comedy through Sir George Martin's Parlophone comedy classics series.

The epic history brings in every comedy legend of the 1960s and beyond: George Formby, Ken Dodd, Morecambe & Wise, Cook & Moore, The Goons, Monty Python, The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, The Simpsons, Peter Serafinowicz, Tenacious D, all the way to Richard Curtis and his recent film Yesterday. And of course, no exploration of Beatles comedy would be complete without the first ever full print celebration of The Rutles.

Jeepers Creepers: Through The Eyes Of Marty Feldman

Jeepers Creepers: Through The Eyes Of Marty Feldman

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Originally directed by Monty Python's Terry Jones, historian and biographer Robert Ross's play about the relationship between comedian Marty Feldman and his wife, Lauretta, has now been adapted for an audio production.

After twenty years as a struggling variety turn and then a prolific scriptwriter and television star, comic genius Marty Feldman found screen stardom with his very first Hollywood role in Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein. With his wife Lauretta as the power behind the throne, his rise and decline is related through bittersweet memories of the past and intoxicated infidelities in the present.

Gary Delaney - Pundamentalist

Gary Delaney - Pundamentalist

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Gary Delaney, one-liner extraordinaire, has appeared on shows like Mock The Week and written for the likes of Jimmy Carr, Jason Manford, and James Corden. Now, for the first time, comes a collection of his finest jokes. Make sure you look out for Gary's next book, about Stockholm Syndrome: it starts off badly but by the end you'll really enjoy it...

Monty Python's Flying Circus - The Complete Series 1-4

Monty Python's Flying Circus - The Complete Series 1-4

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Following last autumn's mammoth, deluxe-packaged box set release of the complete Monty Python's Flying Circus - a definitive presentation of the iconic series - comes this slightly less extravagant set, available in both Blu-ray (HD) and DVD formats.

A ground-up restoration produced from the best available materials, every episode has been painstakingly restored frame-by-frame, with previously edited sketches returned to their original length, and filmed sequences and Terry Gilliam's animations newly scanned in high definition, adding unimaginable depth and clarity to classic moments. From the archive come genuine rarities including previously unseen studio outtakes and extended versions of filmed sketch material, making this the ultimate in television restoration and a must-have for every generation of Python fan.

Ben Schott - Jeeves And The Leap Of Faith

Ben Schott - Jeeves And The Leap Of Faith

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The Drones clubs in peril. Gussie's in love. Spode's on the war-path. Oh, and His Majesty's Government needs a favour. I say - it's a good thing Bertie's back!

One man - and his Gentleman's Personal Gentleman - valiantly set out to save the Drones, thwart Spode and nobly assist His Majesty's Government. From the mean streets of Mayfair to the scheming spires of Cambridge we encounter a joyous cast of characters: chiselling painters and criminal bookies, eccentric philosophers and dodgy clairvoyants, appalling poets and pocket dictators, vexatious aunts and their vicious hounds.

Bill Bailey - Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To Happiness

Bill Bailey - Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To Happiness

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In Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To Happiness, Bill explores the nature of happiness and ways to be, well, happy. Being Bill Bailey however, he does so in his own, remarkable, Bill Bailey way.

From paddle-boarding down the Thames in a Santa hat to wild swimming in a glacial river, Bill considers the exhilaration of the outdoors, as well as the quieter pleasures of clearing out your moth-eaten grey t-shirts. He attempts to see beyond the mumbo-jumbo of the wellness industry and aims for the heart of real joy and contentment - and how we can all achieve it.

This collection of "funny, meditative and thoughtful essays" seeks out simplicity and clarity as a corrective to the endless background noise of anxiety-inducing news chatter.

Light Entertainment Rarities

Light Entertainment Rarities

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A staple genre on ITV from its early days and much loved by the viewing public, light entertainment shows transcended class, religion and age - their joyous mix of comedy, variety and music firmly establishing them as undeniable highlights of the weekly TV schedule.

A producer of key shows across the ITV Network from the mid 1950s, ABC Television was perfectly placed to create both popular series and ratings hit specials - and this release contains four of their light entertainment shows from the 1960s: Sammy Davis Jr Meets The British (1960); Steamboat Shuffle (1960); Big Night Out Presents The Peggy Lee Show (1961); and Celebration (1966).

The Love Lottery

The Love Lottery

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Cinema legend David Niven stars in this classic Ealing satire on celebrity and the Hollywood star system.

Directed by multiple-award-winning director Charles Crichton and also featuring Peggy Cummins and Herbert Lom (and Humphrey Bogart), The Love Lottery is featured here as a brand new high definition transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

When film-star heartthrob Rex Allerton jokingly suggests that he'll marry the winner of a competition to win a week as his guest, he sets in motion a train of events that threaten to turn his life upside down!

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing - The Complete Third Series

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing - The Complete Third Series

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Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing Series 3 sees long-term friends and comedic royalty, Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse, return to the riverbanks. Across six episodes, this new series takes Bob & Paul to Scotland, Lea, Norfolk, Test, Somerford Lakes and Wye.

This latest hit series is, again, available on both Blu-ray (highly recommended, for the stunning detail and beauty of the scenery) or plain old DVD.

Lisa McGee - Erin's Diary: An Official Derry Girls Book

Lisa McGee - Erin's Diary: An Official Derry Girls Book

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Set in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland in the 1990s, Derry Girls is a candid, one-of-a-kind comedy about what it's like to be a teenage girl living amongst conflict. It's a time of armed police in armoured Land Rovers and British Army check points. But it's also the time of Murder She Wrote, The Cranberries, Salt-N-Pepa, Doc Martens and The X Files. And while The Troubles may hang over her hometown, Erin has troubles of her own, like the fact that the boy she's in love with (actually in LOVE with) doesn't know she exists. Or that her Ma and Aunt Sarah make her include her weirdo cousin Orla in everything she does. Or that head teacher Sister Michael refuses to acknowledge Erin as a literary genius. Not to mention the fact that her second best friend has ALMOST had sex, whereas Erin's never even kissed anyone yet. These are Erin's troubles.

For more, see our full list of new releases and products coming soon.

Out now

Adam Buxton - Ramble Book

Adam Buxton - Ramble Book

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The long-awaited, rambling, memoir from Adam Buxton.

Ramble /ˈramb(ə)l/ Verb 1. walk for pleasure in the countryside. 'Dr Buckles and Rosie the dog love rambling in the countryside.' 2. talk or write at length in a confused or inconsequential way. 'Adam rambles on about lots of consequential, compelling and personal matters in his tender, insightful, hilarious and totally unconfused memoir, Ramble Book.'

Ramble Book is about parenthood, boarding school trauma, arguing with your partner, bad parties, confrontations on trains, friendship, wanting to fit in, growing up in the 80s, dead dads, teenage sexual anxiety, failed artistic endeavours, being a David Bowie fan; and how everything you read, watch and listen to as a child forms a part of the adult you become.

An abridged version of the book will also be read on Radio 4 next week.

Alan Davies - Just Ignore Him

Alan Davies - Just Ignore Him

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The story of a life built on sand. In the rain.

In this memoir, comedian and actor Alan Davies recalls his boyhood with vivid insight and devastating humour. Shifting between his 1970s upbringing and his life today, Davies moves poignantly from innocence to experience to the clarity of hindsight, always with a keen sense of the absurd. From sibling dynamics, to his voiceless, misunderstood progression through school, sexuality and humiliating 'accidents', Davies inhabits his younger mind with spectacular accuracy, sharply evoking an era when Green Shield Stamps, Bob-a-Job week and Whizzer & Chips loomed large, a bus fare was 2p - and children had little power in the face of adult motivation.

Andy Hamilton - Longhand

Andy Hamilton - Longhand

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From acclaimed scriptwriter Andy Hamilton comes this new novel, written in his own actual longhand script.

Malcolm George Galbraith is a large, somewhat clumsy, Scotsman. He's being forced to leave the woman he loves behind and needs to explain why. So he leaves her a handwritten note on the kitchen table (well, more a 300-page letter than a note).

In it, Malcolm decides to start from the beginning and tell the whole story of his long life, something he's never dared do before. Because Malcolm isn't what he seems: he's had other names and lived in other places. A lot of other places. He is, after all, a legendary hero of Greek mythology, who has been alive since time immemorial. As it gathers pace, Malcolm's story combines tragedy, comedy, mystery, a touch of leprosy, several murders, a massacre, a ritual sacrifice, an insane tyrant, two great romances, a landslide, a fire, and a talking fish.

Chris & Rosie Ramsey - Sh**ged. Married. Annoyed.

Chris & Rosie Ramsey - Sh**ged. Married. Annoyed.

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Based on their smash hit podcast of the same name, stand-up comedian Chris Ramsey and his wife, Rosie, bring their hugely popular humour and observations about young married and family life to print in this new book.

The first trappings of romance and a blossoming relationship are all drinks, meals and care-free weekends. But before you know it, the honeymoon period has worn off and your conversations no longer revolve around spur of the moment city-breaks or cosying up to watch a Netflix box set in bed. Instead you talk about the right way to load the dishwasher, mortgage rates, paint charts and whose turn it is to take the bins out. The beefs about your other half come thick and fast and you wonder if your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest of your life, is it all downhill from there?

From The Oasthouse: The Alan Partridge Podcast

From The Oasthouse: The Alan Partridge Podcast

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Broadcaster, writer, philanthropist and one of the first public figures to suggest high-visibility clothing for people manning temporary car parks, the public Alan Partridge is a cherished institution. But what of the unseen Alan? For the first time, this famously private man welcomes us into his home and audibly deshrouds himself for a fascinating series of podcasts. Over the course of 18 episodes, Partridge grants us full and unfettered access to his off-screen life (within reason). In exchange for a series of payments from Audible, he promises an access-all-areas pass to the nooks and crannies of his hinterland, to reveal a wiser, cleverer, more reflective Alan than many of his more vaunted peers have given him credit for.

John Cleese - Creativity: A Short And Cheerful Guide

John Cleese - Creativity: A Short And Cheerful Guide

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Creativity is usually regarded as a mysterious, rare gift that only a few possess. John Cleese begs to differ, and in this short, immensely practical and often very amusing guide he shows it's a skill that anyone can acquire.

Drawing on his lifelong experience as a writer, he shares his insights into the nature of the creative process, and offers advice on how to get your own inventive juices flowing. What do you need to do to get yourself in the right frame of mind? When do you know that you've come up with something that might be worth pursuing? What do you do if you think you've hit a brick wall?

Not only does he explain the way your mind works as you search for inspiration, he also shows that, regardless of the task you've set yourself, you can learn to be better at coming up with a promising idea, refining it and knowing when you're ready to act on it.

Laura Lexx - Klopp Actually

Laura Lexx - Klopp Actually

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A "hilarious diary of married life" with the sensible, no-nonsense man of all our dreams: Jürgen Klopp, from critically-acclaimed comedian and Twitter sensation Laura Lexx. Inspired by the viral tweet: 'If I ever met Jürgen Klopp I'd say "omg if we have a baby we should call it Klipp" just so he'd raise an eyebrow at me and tell me I'm a moron and I'd be so naked by the time he'd finished doing that...'

In these uncertain times we all need a coping mechanism. And Laura Lexx has found the obvious one - imagining life married to the sensible, no-nonsense man of our dreams, Jürgen Klopp. She thinks maybe he has something to do with football? More importantly, he definitely knows how to efficiently stack a dishwasher and would tell you honestly if you were being unreasonable about a colleague.

Click through for a preview of Laura reading from the book.

Richard Osman - The Thursday Murder Club

Richard Osman - The Thursday Murder Club

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The first book in a new series, The Thursday Murder Club, by TV presenter and producer Richard Osman.

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it's too late?

Ruth Jones - Us Three

Ruth Jones - Us Three

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Meet Lana, Judith and Catrin. Best friends since primary school when they swore an oath on a Curly Wurly wrapper that they would always be there for each other, come what may. After the trip of a lifetime, the three girls are closer than ever. But an unexpected turn of events shakes the foundation of their friendship to its core, leaving their future in doubt - there's simply too much to forgive, let alone forget. An innocent childhood promise they once made now seems impossible to keep...

Packed with the heart, humour and empathy that made Ruth's name as a screenwriter, Us Three is a "funny, moving and uplifting" novel about life's complications, the power of friendship and how it defines us all.

Who Done It?

Who Done It?

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Comedy superstar Benny Hill makes his screen-starring debut in one of the last Ealing comedies ever made under the studios' original management.

Co-starring Belinda Lee as a glamorous showgirl and David Kossoff as a dastardly foreign spy - and directed by BAFTA award-winning Basil Dearden - Who Done It? is presented here as a brand new high definition transfer from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

A clumsy ice rink sweeper with delusions of grandeur, Hugo Dill fantasises about becoming a private investigator. When he wins both a bloodhound and a sum of money in a magazine competition, he decides the time is right to change career and fulfil his dream!

The Renown Comedy Collection - Volume Three

The Renown Comedy Collection - Volume Three

Out now. DVD

A collection of eleven comedy films, packed into 3 DVDs:
Come Back Peter (1952)
Boys Will Be Girls (1937)
A Hole Lot Of Trouble (1969)
A Night Of Magic (1944)
A Touch Of The Sun (1956)
Under A Cloud (1937)
Just William's Luck (1948)
It's A Wonderful World (1956)
Where There's A Will (1955)
Pick A Star AKA Movie Struck (1937)

Caimh McDonnell - Welcome To Nowhere

Caimh McDonnell - Welcome To Nowhere

Out now. Paperback

A new comic novel.

When a gambling debt puts him between a rock and a swim in the Hudson with concrete shoes, Smithy has no choice but to take the worst job imaginable. The gig - as prey in a leprechaun hunt for a bunch of Wall Street jerks - goes as badly as it sounds. He could leave it there and write it off as a harsh lesson learned, but fourteen months later when Smithy comes up with a plan to take his revenge on the man behind it all, it is too good to resist. What is it they say about best-laid plans?

PJ Brownsword - Bluebottle Goes To War: Peter Sellers & The RAF Gang Shows

PJ Brownsword - Bluebottle Goes To War: Peter Sellers & The RAF Gang Shows

Out now. Hardback

Peter Sellers was one of the biggest stars of the 1960s and 70s. His career began with characters such as Bluebottle on BBC radio's The Goon Show and he achieved global fame as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther series. What is less well known is that he served in the Royal Air Force Entertainment Units (known as Gang Shows) for more than three years.

Now, for the first time, this story can be told: a tale of the formation and education of his remarkable talents, as well as a small corner of Second World War history that seems uniquely British (groups of servicemen and women sent around the world with hampers full of theatrical props and costumes, to rally the troops in distant outposts of Empire). This book reveals previously unknown film footage, photos, performances, broadcasts and recordings, from the very beginning of Sellers's career.

Kat And The Band

Kat And The Band

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Seventeen-year-old, music obsessed school girl Kat Malone tricks her way into managing struggling band Dollar Days, pretending to be a band manager in her twenties.

Released digitally during the bizarre covid of recent months, this independent comedy film can be streamed now.

For more, see our full list of new releases and products coming soon.

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