Bill Bailey to publish new Remarkable Guide To Happiness

Wednesday 8th July 2020, 7:15pm

Bill Bailey.

Bill Bailey will publish a new book this autumn.

Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To Happiness is due to be released in October by Quercus, in hardback and digital eBook formats.

Promising to "explore the nature of happiness and ways to be happy", the book follows on from 2016's Remarkable Guide To British Birds, in which the comedian and keen ornithologist examined birdlife across the British Isles.

As in the earlier work, the book has been both written and illustrated by Bailey.

His publishers' blurb explains: "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. Whether it's whooping aloud while cycling through a pine forest, putting pen to paper, or immersing yourself in music, Bill's guide to happiness is an antidote to the frenetic whirl of modern life."

Both books are, in turn, named after his acclaimed live show Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To The Orchestra, which was released on Blu-ray and DVD in 2009, from a recording at the Royal Albert Hall.

Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To Happiness is now available to pre-order.


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Bill Bailey - Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To Happiness

Bill Bailey - Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To Happiness

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. Whether it's whooping aloud while cycling through a pine forest, putting pen to paper, or immersing yourself in music, Bill's guide to happiness is an antidote to the frenetic whirl of modern life.

Fully illustrated with drawings by Bill himself, this is a wonderful gift of a book for anyone who needs a slice of comfort.

First published: Thursday 15th October 2020

  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Pages: 224
  • Catalogue: 9781529412451

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Bill Bailey - Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To British Birds

Bill Bailey - Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To British Birds

"When herons are spooked they have a habit of vomiting as a defence. Half-digested pieces of eel and water vole skull on your head is not a good look. Just so you know."

Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To British Birds is all about comedian Bailey's love of birds. A visual feast - it is packed with illustrations, sketches and notes by Bailey - as well as informative, it is funny and insightful, and positively crackles with energy, knowledge and wit as he takes us on a journey around the British isles, zooming in on those birds that enthuse him the most. Whether it's what they eat, where they fly to or how they communicate, these birds are always fascinating, and Bailey introduces us to their weird and wonderful ways in a manner that is always entertaining. If you're a parent who'd like to appear a bit clever when your child asks you the name of a bird; if you want to find a new and healthy hobby that takes you outdoors; or whether, quite simply, you want to understand a bit more about our natural environment and have a laugh at the same time, this is the perfect companion book to have.

Alongside music and stand-up, one of Bailey's favourite pastimes is birdwatching, which he has been doing since he was a child in the West Country. His fondest memories are of family outings with parents, grandparents and cousins, ticking the birds off in his little Observer's Book of Birds. As he has said about those formative years, "birdwatching gave a purpose to the day and a love of the natural world which has carried on into my adult life".

A beautifully and originally designed hardback, it will delight Bailey's fans as well as those who like a bit of armchair escapism.

First published: Thursday 20th October 2016

  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Pages: 224
  • Catalogue: 9781786483768

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  • Released: Thursday 17th May 2018
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Pages: 320
  • Catalogue: 9781786487131

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Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To The Orchestra

Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To The Orchestra

Bill Bailey joins forces with composer Anne Dudley and the BBC Concert Orchestra for an evening of music and comedy in this stand-up special.

Using both contemporary and classical references, Bill explains, in his unique way, the nuances of how the orchestra works and the lesser-known influences of various classical composers. Also included are some of his own original works, arranged and performed by himself and the orchestra under the guidance of his musical maestro.

First released: Monday 23rd November 2009

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  • Distributor: Universal Pictures
  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Minutes: 109
  • Subtitles: English
  • Catalogue: 8272069

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