Christmas Gift Ideas: Books to make you Smile

• Dec 7, 2012 • Tags: , ,

Yes, yes – we know 4th Estate is renowned for its incisive works of fiction (anyone heard of Hilary Mantel?) and hard-hitting non-fiction (Ben Goldacre, Naomi Klein and Nick Cohen, amongst others). But we don’t take ourselves too seriously, and can (on occasion, mind you) have a laugh. Join in the fun and feast on these quirky Christmas picks.

Listen to this: ‘I just love tiny things…I hate the word moist…I have so many stories for you…I’m so pale!…I had such a good sleep…What’s your dog’s name?…Ice cream makes me cough’ – sound familiar? Sh*t Girls Say will mortify the women in your life into widening their vocabulary.

‘There was a rat in the bath,’ Gene explains. ‘It’s a long story, but basically I fished it out and was carrying around by the tail, not quite sure how to dispose of it, when I managed to barge in on this woman having a genital tattoo.’ Err – right. In lieu of a blurb, I’ll offer this little snippet, as distilling this Booker-longlisted gem into 4 lines is too much of a feat. Order The Yips now.

Karl Pilkington’s is a brilliant mind, locked inside a perfectly round head and uncluttered by the unhelpful constraints of logic or common sense. He both baffles and enlightens with his take on topics as diverse as population control, the rights of monkeys and how long you can stay alive with your head chopped off. The World of Karl Pilkington is perfect for the funny uncle in your life.

Happy Accidents is the hilarious and inspiring story of how Jane Lynch changed from a real-life Sue Sylvester to the happy and fulfilled actress she is today. This is a book for the rabid Glee fan and for anyone who needs a new perspective on life, love, and success.

In Paper: An Elegy, Ian Sansom curates a history of paper, in all its forms and functions. Both a cultural study and a series of personal reflections on the meaning of paper, this book is a timely meditation on the very paper it’s printed on. Gift this to the younger generation and show them what they’re missing.

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