Leesa Harker’s fabulous Liverpool-based parody of 50 Shades tells of the adventures of White Lightning-swigging Maggie Muff, who meets Mr Big at the Dole Tall, dark and shaggable he may be, but his interests are far from conventional, and when he introduces Maggie to the Red Room of Pain she realises that she may have bitten off more than she can chew.
If you’re looking for books like 50 Shades of Grey, but want something funnier, filthier and set in the heart of Liverpool, this is the perfect book for you. The inspiration for the sell-out play, starring Dannielle Malone.
As her alter ego, Honey, Melissa is the go-to woman for improving men's dating lives. But when her American boyfriend, Jonathan, invites her to New York for a holiday, he has one condition: the blonde wig stays at home.This is easier said than done, and before long Mel finds herself juggling a rude rising star who just happens to be an ex, Jonathan's manipulative ex-wife, an unruly terrier and escalating crises back at the agency. Can Melissa put the manners back into Manhattan? Or is this a challenge only the Little Lady Agency can handle?
Bud and Lou go to a dance school. Bud gets a job at the school and tries to get Lou to dance. Lessons are 3 for a dollar. Then they discuss how last week they formed the Wacky film company. Next Bud and Lou do a bit about Christopher Columbus. Lou is Columbus. Bud mistakenly calls Lou instead of Columbus.
In 2001, Paul Bacon was a typical young guy in New York: overeducated, liberal, hip, a little aimless. But when 9/11 came, he was galvanized into action. Feeling that he had to do something to help his fellow man, he raced to Ground Zero, where he stood around for several days before finally realizing that he had no skills that were of any use in a crisis. So he applied to the fire department-and was summarily rejected; he was too old, they said, and he couldn't do any pull-ups. So he decided to take what was available to him: He joined the NYPD.
Bad Cop is Bacon's hilarious and thoughtful memoir of his three years among New York's Finest. Beginning with his tenure in the police academy (where he's mostly interested in pursuing the lovely cadet Clarabel - until he finds a surprising new love in the form of his service .357), it follows him through a reluctant apprenticeship and out onto the streets, where the sensitive former graphic designer is transformed into a rough-and-tumble Harlem beat cop. Brimming with great set pieces and amazing characters, this is both a love letter and a send-up of the squad that keeps New York safe - sometimes.
Manasseh da Costa, protagonist of this hilarious novel, is a schnorrer (beggar) who lives on the charitable contributions of the Jews of late 18th-century London. Manasseh is far from being a humble panhandler for, as every schnorrer knows, supporting the poor is a commandment from God (a mitzvah) not just a favour. And as the descendant of Portuguese Jews who had lived in England for many generations, Manasseh is the social superior of those newly arrived from Eastern Europe (Tedesco)-even his wealthy ‘patron’ Joseph Grobstock. The book concludes as the ever-audacious Manasseh strikes a blow for tolerance and understanding-while helping himself along the way. (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis) Alt-BC: Lucy Burgoyne
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