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Find a fantastic range of Funny Books at The Works. With joke books and humourous stories, there's sure to be a chuckle or two.

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She can't believe she didn't see this coming. Well, not this. How could anyone anticipate being dumped on TV? Everyone in Amy's life seems to be getting married, having children and settling down (or so Instagram tells her), and she feels like she's falling behind. So, when her long-term boyfriend surprises her with a dream holiday, she thinks he's going to finally pop the Big Question. But the dream turns into a nightmare when, instead, she finds herself on the set of a Big Brother-style reality television show, The Shelf. Along with five other women, Amy is heartlessly dumped live on TV and must compete in a series of humiliating and obnoxious tasks in the hope of being crowned 'The Keeper'. While inside the house, will Amy learn that there are worse things than being 'left on the shelf'? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781838773137 • Author: Helly Acton • Publisher: Zaffre • Format: Paperback • Pages: 432 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.4 cm

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Emily is sure she's getting this baby stuff all wrong. Why does everyone else look like they're smashing motherhood when she's barely made it out of her maternity leggings and out of the house? Her other half tries to say all the right things (can't he just keep making her toast?). Her mum is brilliant (but on the other side of the country). Her two new mum-friends seem to feel like misfits too - but there's really just one person she wants to open up to...only Emily hasn't spoken to her for fifteen years. Lonely but not alone, Emily's about to discover that when you're starting a family, what you really need are your friends. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781409185987 • Author: Anna Jefferson • Publisher: Orion • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352  • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm

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His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, OM, GBE has been at the forefront of British public life since he married Princess Elizabeth in 1947. In the seventy years since, his wit (and the occasional 'gaffe') has continued to endear him to the nation, as he travelled the world taking his unique and charmingly British sense of humour to its far-flung corners. Hailed as a god by a tribe in Vanuatu, the Prince has had his fair share of brickbats from the media nearer home, but his outspokenness never fails to raise laughs - and eyebrows. From notorious one-liners to less newsworthy witticisms and from plain speaking to blunt indifference, the Prince does what we all wish we could do now and again - forgets polite conversation and says what he thinks. In the year in which the Prince has stepped down from his royal duties, this joyous and timely book celebrates his wry humour and supremely wicked wit. Ideal for anyone who loves the Royals. This hardback book has 158 pages and measures: 20.5 x 13.5 x 2cm approx.

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Set on a Cornish cliff, Atlantic House has been the jewel in the Carew family crown for centuries. Each year, the Carew sisters embark on the yearly summer holiday, but they are as different as vinegar and honey. Prudence, hard-nosed businesswoman married to the meek and mild Francis, is about to get a shock reminder that you should never take anything for granted. Constance, loving wife to philandering husband Greg, has always been outwitted by her manipulative sibling. Suspecting that Pru wants to get her hands on Atlantic House, Connie won’t take things lying down. Product Information: ISBN: 9780007468546 Author: Fern Britton Publisher: Harper Collins Format: Paperback Pages: 352 Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2.5cm

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Prepare to meet characters you'll feel you've known all your life - prepare to meet Us Three. 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 . . . The new novel from Ruth Jones, co-creator of Gavin & Stacey and author of the smash-hit, number one bestselling debut, Never Greener. Us Three is a funny, moving and uplifting novel about life's complications, the power of friendship and how it defines us all. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781784162238 • Author: Ruth Jones • Publisher: Black Swan • Format: Paperback • Pages: 512 • Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm

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What happens... after The One? April 16th is always one of Charley's worst days of the year. It's her husband's birthday, a painful reminder of his death four years ago. So naturally, her car breaks down. She nearly gets run over trying to catch the bus. And then she's made redundant. Her friends see the redundancy as a chance for her to start again and live the life she always wanted, but since being widowed Charley has clung to familiarity and avoided change like the plague. Then, out of the blue, her mother-in-law Pam pitches up in need of a place to stay after walking out on her 40-year marriage. Together, Charley and Pam find themselves at a crossroad. It's not easy to move on after The One, but they can't stand still forever. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800325043  • Author: Cass Lester • Publisher: Canelo • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3 cm

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Quick Reads are short books and great stories written by bestselling authors, available for only £1. Commissioned by The Reading Agency, these books are designed to be easy to read for less confident readers. For every Quick Read sold from 27th May to 31st July, publishers are generously donating a matching copy to The Reading Agency who will distribute these books to people who want to develop their literacy skills or have limited access to books. Allie is bored with her job and starting to wonder whether she even likes her boyfriend, Ryan. The high point in her day is passing a café on her walk home from work. It is the sort of place where she'd really like to work. Then one day she sees as advert on the door: assistant wanted. But before she can land her dream job, Allie knows she must achieve two things: 1. Learn to cook 2. End her relationship with Ryan, especially as through the window of the café, she spies a waiter who looks much more like her type of man. And when she learns that the café is in danger of closing, Allie knows she must do her very best to save the day ... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787466241 • Author: Katie Fforde • Publisher: Arrow • Format: Paperback • Pages: 112 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 0.7 cm

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Fifteen-year-old Virginia feels like a fat, awkward outsider in her perfect family, especially next to her golden-boy big brother Byron. She's got a lot to deal with - her weight, her best friend moving away, the mean girls at school - not to mention a boy who seems to like her! To survive, she decides to follow the 'Fat Girl Code of Conduct' to make herself acceptable, unnoticed ... invisible. It seems to be working until something unthinkable happens and, before her eyes, Virginia's flawless family begins to fall apart. As her world spins out of orbit, Virginia realises that breaking the Fat Girl Code might be the only way to create a life that belongs to her. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781408897058 • Author: Carolyn Mackler • Publisher: Bloomsbury YA • Format: Paperback • Pages: 288  • Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.9 x 1.8 cm

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Kathleen is eighty years old. After a run-in with an intruder, her daughter wants her to move into a residential home. She’s not having any of it. What she craves – needs – is adventure. Liza is drowning under the daily stress of family life. The last thing she needs is her mother jetting off on a wild holiday, making Liza dream of a solo break of her own. Martha is having a quarter-life crisis. Unemployed, unloved and uninspired, she just can’t get her life together. But she knows something has to change. When Martha sees Kathleen’s advert for a driver and companion to take an epic road trip across America, she decides this job might be the answer to her prayers. Travelling with a stranger? No problem. She's not the world's best driver, but it couldn’t be worse than living with her parents again. And anyway, how much trouble can one eighty-year-old woman be? As these women embark on the journey of a lifetime, they all discover it’s never too late for adventure… Product Information: • ISBN: 9781848457966 • Author: Sarah Morgan • Publisher: HQ • Format: Paperback • Pages: 464 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.9 cm

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Warm, wise and laugh-out-loud funny, This Green and Pleasant Land is a life-affirming look at love, faith and the meaning of home. In the sleepy village of Babel's End, trouble is brewing. Bilal Hasham is having a mid-life crisis. His mother has just died, and he finds peace lying in a grave he's dug in the garden. His elderly Auntie Rukhsana has come to live with him, and forged an unlikely friendship with village busybody, Shelley Hawking. His wife Mariam is distant and distracted, and his stepson Haaris is spending more time with his real father. Bilal's mother's dying wish was to build a mosque in Babel's End, but when Shelley gets wind of this scheme, she unleashes the forces of hell. Will Bilal's mosque project bring his family and his beloved village together again, or drive them apart? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781785764509 • Author: Ayisha Malik • Publisher: Zaffre • Format: Paperback • Pages: 464  • Dimensions: 20.32 x 13.34 x 2.79 cm

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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? 'So smart and funny. Deplorably good' - Ian Rankin. 'A gripping read' - Sunday Times. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241425442 • Author: Richard Osman • Publisher: Viking • Format: Hardback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 3.5cm

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Twenty-six-year-old Maggie Barnes is someone you would never look at twice. Living alone in a month-to-month sublet in London, with no family but an estranged sister, no boyfriend or partner, and not much in the way of friends, Maggie is just the kind of person who could vanish from the face of the earth without anyone taking notice. Or just the kind of person MI5 needs to thwart an international plot that puts all of Britain at risk. Now one young woman has the chance to be a hero - if she can think quickly enough to stay alive. Product Information: ISBN: 9781473657359 Author: Mick Herron Publisher: John Murray Format: Paperback Pages: 256 Dimensions: 19.9 x 13 x 1.7cm

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Quick Reads are short books and great stories written by bestselling authors, available for only £1. Commissioned by The Reading Agency, these books are designed to be easy to read for less confident readers. For every Quick Read sold from 27th May to 31st July, publishers are generously donating a matching copy to The Reading Agency who will distribute these books to people who want to develop their literacy skills or have limited access to books. It's a good time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. But a few nagging questions remain... Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should we use Botox? Do men secretly hate us? And why does everyone ask you when you're going to have a baby? Part memoir, part protest, Caitlin answers the questions that every modern woman is asking. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529109092 • Author: Caitlin Moran • Publisher: Ebury Press • Format: Paperback • Pages: 112 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.5 cm

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In Life, the Universe and Everything, the third title in Douglas Adams' blockbusting sci-fi comedy series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur Dent finds himself enlisted to prevent a galactic war. In consequence of a number of stunning catastrophes, Arthur Dent is surprised to find himself living in a hideously miserable cave on prehistoric Earth. However, just as he thinks that things cannot get possibly worse, they suddenly do. He discovers that the Galaxy is not only mind-boggingly big and bewildering but also that most of the things that happen in it are staggeringly unfair. Escaping the end of the world for a second time, Arthur, Ford, and their old friend Slartibartfast embark (reluctantly) on a mission to save the whole galaxy from fanatical robots. Not bad for a man in his dressing gown... Product Information: • ISBN: 9780330491204 • Author: Douglas Adams • Publisher: Pan Macmillan • Format: Paperback • Pages: 208 • Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 1.3cm

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Meet Jessie, Cara and Nell. Married to brothers Johnny, Ed and Liam Casey. Three very different women tied to three very different men. Every family occasion is a party - until the day the secrets spill out. Playtime is over. But where are the grown-ups? This book has been printed with four different colour designs: blue, green, pink and orange. Covers are assigned to orders at random so we are unable to accept specific requests. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781405918787 • Author: Marian Keyes • Publisher: Penguin • Format: Paperback • Pages: 656 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.6 cm

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Delve into a wild political satire written by a former Democratic Congressman who attempted to pass gun control laws. When American mayors start a campaign to ban handguns, arms manufacturer Otis Cogsworth, worries about the effects on his company. In retaliation, he convinces an Arkansas congressman to introduce the 'American Freedom from Fear Act': a law mandating that every American must own a gun. In tiny rural Asabogue, Mayor Lois Leibowitz passes an ordinance to ban firearms. But Otis orchestrates a recall election against Lois. Soon, thousands of pro-gun militants are armed to the teeth, and their opponents, descend on Asabogue. The village becomes a war zone caught between a mighty gun lobby and the absurdity of every American man, woman and child carrying a gun. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781788544290 • Author: Steve Israel • Publisher: Apollo • Format: Paperback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.1 cm

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 After three years under siege in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War, Tom returns to Dublin a brittle, haunted shell of his former self, suffering from severe PTSD. Karl and Gus meet him at the airport, knowing they're unqualified to help their best friend yet determined to somehow see him through the darkness. Grasping at straws, they embark on a journey for an unlikely cure on the other side of the world, an experimental PTSD clinic on the California coast called RESTLESS SOULS. A wry, shambolic road trip that's at turns tremendously moving and darkly funny, Restless Souls wrestles with larger themes and meditations on grief and PTSD, and on the way our memories simultaneously comfort and restrict us from growing up and moving on. Product Information: ISBN: 9781474605878 Author: Dan Sheehan Publisher: Ig Publishing Format: Paperback Pages: 256 Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.9 x 2.2cm

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Following the smash-hit sci-fi comedy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is the second part in Douglas Adams' multi-media phenomenon and cult classic series. If you've done six impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliaways, the Restaurant at the end of the Universe? Which is exactly what the crew of the Heart of Gold plan to do. There's just the small matter of escaping the Vogans, avoiding being taken to the most totally evil world in the Galaxy and teaching a spaceship how to make a proper cup of tea. And did anyone actually make a reservation? Product Information: • ISBN: 9780330491211 • Author: Douglas Adams • Publisher: Pan Macmillan • Format: Paperback • Pages: 208 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.9 x 1.3cm

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Charlie Walden, the irrepressible Resident Judge (RJ) of Bermondsey Crown Court is back with a new selection of cases. As ever, there is little rest for the RJ as he does his best to deal with the church-going carer who steals from the old lady under her care, the cleaver-wielding chefs with different ideas about how to make a Caesar salad, the man with a penchant for 'marrying' multiple women and the astrological guru accused of fraud. Not to mention the shock-horror when colleagues get into trouble - Judge Hubert Drake for writing an angry letter to the press, and Judge Marjorie Jenkins for storing suspected pornography on her judicial computer. Oh, and the ongoing wars against the Grey Smoothies, who try to frustrate Charlie at every turn with their bureaucracy and their endless quest for value for money for the taxpayer. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780857302977 • Author: Peter Murphy • Publisher: No Exit Press • Format: Paperback • Pages: 416 • Dimensions: 19.69 x 12.7 x 2.79 cm

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