A comic portrayal of modern university life seen through the eyes of a Professor of Christian Ethics. Married to the daughter of a baronet, he is rich, successful and eminent. Yet, as he approaches retirement, he is caught up in a conspiracy involving sexual harassment, victimisation and fraud. As he seeks to escape from the web of deceit that surrounds him, he uncovers the dark side of the modern university. Written anonymously by a prominent academic this comic novel exposes the petty jealousies, excitement and intrigue of campus life in the twenty-first century.
Ten women indulge themselves—and divulge their secrets—in this witty novel: “Immensely entertaining…The entire gamut of the female experience is covered.”—The Times (UK)
In the lull between Christmas and New Year’s, ten high-achieving ladies are gathered at the expensive Castle Spa in Cumbria, England, seeking to rejuvenate themselves with Botox, aromatherapy, and all-around pampering. They lounge around in the Jacuzzi, sipping champagne and telling each other the stories of their lives—from a trophy wife’s spell in a Greek prison to a brain surgeon’s experience with twins and mistaken identity to a stepmother’s reverse-Cinderella story.
From a Booker Prize nominee whose work has been acclaimed for “extraordinary wit and insight” (The Baltimore Sun), The Spa is a darkly funny sketch of a group of women who, despite facing prejudice, imprisonment, domestic catastrophes, and romantic debacles, have risen to the top of their respective worlds.
“Eminently readable.”—Financial Times
"Hello, I'm a pharmacist. Perhaps I can be of assistance."After the death of his fiancee due to medical errors, hospital pharmacist Daniel O'Dwyer escapes to Oak Island, North Carolina. The only things on his mind are fresh sea air, fresh seafood, Fat Tire Amber Ale, and the avoidance of any type of healthcare institution. But fate and jellyfish draw him back, and reluctantly, he agrees to go undercover to combat narcotic drug diversion at nearby Boiling Grove Community Hospital.With minimal assistance from Willie, his socially imbalanced sidekick, Daniel must navigate through dangerous situations and wild characters, including a brawny redneck with a Bob Marley tattoo; a foreign physician with batlike qualities; and a lackluster human resources director with a penchant for mai tais and Ebenezer Scrooge.
Wildly successful when it was first published in 1955, Patrick Dennis' Auntie Mame sold over two million copies and stayed put on the New York Times bestseller list for 112 weeks. It was made into a play, a Broadway as well as a Hollywood musical, and a fabulous movie starring Rosalind Russell. Since then, Mame has taken her rightful place in the pantheon of Great and Important People as the world's most beloved, madcap, devastatingly sophisticated, and glamorous aunt. She is impossible to resist, and this hilarious story of an orphaned ten-year-old boy sent to live with his aunt is as delicious a read in the twenty-first century as it was in the 1950s.
America’s favorite comic strip heroine shares her passion for footwear in this hilarious collection.
Like best friends who’ve been together year after year, through thick and thin, Cathy and her adoring public have created a solid and stable relationship. Faithful readers count on their cartoon heroine to tell it like it is, whether the subject is relationships, shopping, or parental responsibilities.
In Shoes: Chocolate for the Feet, women immediately comprehend this connection between two of Cathy’s downfalls-food and shopping. Cathy continues to battle the bulge, constantly losing the tug-of-war between her thin clothes and a well-stocked refrigerator. Millions of women have hilariously identified with Cathy's struggles with the four basic guilt groups: food, love, mother, and career.
The scholarly discipline of Bullshit Studies has blossomed in the last several years, fertilized by a number of critical works on the subject and the growing importance of the issue. Now, bestselling author and lifelong practitioner Stanley Bing enters the field with a comprehensive look at the many attractive jobs now available to those who are serious about their bullshit and prepared to dedicate their working life to it.
Across the globe, skillful bullshit artists have secured pleasant, lucrative employment, and are enjoying themselves more than you are. In virtually every occupation, from Advertising to Yoga Franchising, lucky individuals who "work" in these coveted positions enjoy the best lives imaginable -- they are paid well, they rarely break a sweat, and their professions are highly respected, because nobody really knows what they do.
At once funny, useful, and tolerably philosophical, this groundbreaking work takes a close look at 100 bullshit jobs, which will provide the neophyte with inspiration.
Most crucially, Bing goes on to offer a clear, concise strategy to help job-seekers reach for that brass ring, knowing full well that it may be attached to the nose of a bull.
In this classic dystopian novel, an island nation eliminates its residents at sixty-seven years old, and in 1980, one man has reached his limit. Welcome to Britannula. This country gained its independence from Great Britain in the mid-twentieth century. A group of similar-minded men then gathered to establish the nation and its laws. Among them was Gabriel Crasweller. An immigrant from New Zealand, Crasweller is currently Britannula’s oldest resident. The trouble is, decades ago, he voted to create the “Fixed Period.” It is a law in his country for citizens to be euthanized when they reach sixty-eight years of age, and Crasweller is the first to run out of time . . . First published in installments in Blackwood’s Magazine in 1881, The Fixed Period was released as a book in 1882. It is told from the perspective of Britannula’s president, Crasweller’s friend, as he tries to honor the laws of the land while handling the aged resident.
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