67 People I'd Like to Slap is one man's journey through the labyrinthine world of human angst and annoyance. The comedy writer, broadcaster and journalist Ian Collins lists, exposes and mocks that irritating contingent of the human race whose job, it seems, is to make life just a tad more infuriating than it needs to be. From psychics to exotic pet owners, Brits using chopsticks and over-35s at music festivals, through to middle-class protesters, elderly people in small cars and the billion cringe-crimes that are committed on social media every day (plus a healthy dose of well-known names too), Collins's often brutal but hilarious search into the pit of human idiocy leaves few stones unturned. He also addresses some of life's most serious questions: - Is Jeremy Clarkson part of a completely different gene pool? - What happens when you upset every Beyoncé fan on the planet? - Why is Andrew Marr's sofa an affront to intelligent thinking? - How could a nice guy like Benedict Cumberbatch annoy anyone? - Has social media shrunk our brains? - What happens to a sense of shame when men visit the gym? Part polemic and part diary, Collins spent a year documenting all those areas (and people) that could bug the hell out of the calmest of souls. Armed only with a sensible pen, notepad and a standard High Street blood pressure monitor, he sets out to create the ultimate list. In the author's words, 67 People I'd Like to Slap is the non-negotiable oracle of all things bamboozling when it comes to human behaviour - the definitive guide that no sane person could ever argue against. Or could you...?
Imagine a suburb beneath the waves; contemplate the idea of palatial living in a pyramid amongst the stars. Codes Set in Stone embraces both of these somewhat grandiose scenarios in a story set in the not too distant future. Containing the essential ingredients of Relationship, Romance and Rescue, the novel tells of men on a mission to solve mysteries and investigate intrigue and skulduggery - a mission that takes them from Belgium to Venice to Rome to the Himalayas and back again and finally culminates in the discovery of an age-old promise contained in a revelatory book with its conundrum of a final code set in a bright, white, shining stone. It is interesting to note that several of the hitherto fictitious events in the story subsequently became fact after the initial manuscript first saw the light of day.
Fatigued by bloated big-game football and bored of a samey big cities, Daniel Gray went in search of small town Scotland and its teams. At the time when the Scottish club game is drifting towards its lowest ebb once more, Stramash singularly falls to wring its hands and address the state of the game, preferring instead to focus on Bobby Mann's waistline. Part travelogue, part history and part mistakenly spilling ketchup on the face of a small child, Stramash takes an uplifting look at the country's nether regions. Using the excuse of a match to visit places from Dumfries to Dingwall, Gray surveys Scotland's towns and teams in their present state. Stramash accomplishes the feats of visiting Dumfries without mentioning Robert Burns, being positive about Cumbernauld and linking Elgin City to Lenin. It is ae fond look at Scotland as you've never seen it before.REVIEWS: 'There have been previous attempts by authors to explore the off-the-beaten paths of the Scottish football landscape, but Daniel Gray's volume is in another league' - THE SCOTSMAN'Truly splendid' - ARTHUR MONTFORD'An excellent book about the country's smaller teams - [Stramash] captures the vague romance that still clings to these smaller Scottish clubs. It will make a must-read for every non-Old Firm football fan - and for many Rangers and Celtic supporters too' - DAILY RECORD'As he takes in a match at each stopping-off point, Gray presents little portraits of small Scottish towns, relating histories of declining industry, radical politics and the connection between a team and its community. It's a brilliant way to rediscover Scotland' - THE HERALD'A great read, because Gray doesn't write about just football, he uses football as an excuse to explore the histories of small towns in Scotland' - THE SKINNY'Why do the Gers and Hoops have retail outlets in the capital? Why do buses depart for Glasgow on a Saturday morning from every corner of Scotland? Gray's book is a splendid attempt to answer these questions, and more besides - The result is sociology at its best, which is to say eminently readable - Stramash may turn out to be a memoir of the way we were, and an epitaph' - SUNDAY HERALD'I defy anyone to read Stramash and not fall in love with Scottish football's blessed eccentricities all over again - Funny enough to bring on involuntary laugh out loud moments' - THE SCOTTISH FOOTBALL BLOG
Victoria University Press is enormously proud to publish a new edition of one of New Zealand?s favourite novels, published to critical acclaim here and in the UK and US, and winner of the Wattie Award in 1992. ?The promise that was evident in Girls High has been splendidly fulfilled, and now it seems only a matter of time before Wellington replaces New York as the literary capital of the world.? ?Nick Hornby, Sunday Times 'She really is world class ? her writing's like a richly detailed painting, she gets the details just right.' ?Sharon Crosbie Evening Post 'It is a testament to Anderson's style and skill as a writer that these places and decades are brought to the page with such energy, yet also with such a finely judged mix of humour and sympathy.' ?Caroline Wilder Sunday Star 'This is a moving, universal novel, a pleasure to read.' ?Sophy Kershaw Time Out 'Barbara Anderson's novel is a rarity; an unadulterated, unpretentious, enjoyable read.' ?Julie Morrice Glasgow Herald 'It is an enormously entertaining book with perceptions so true they leave you glowing in startled recognition.'?Patricia Thwaites Otago Daily Times ?A quite irresistible writer with a microscopic eye for telltale detail ? and a dazzlingly accurate ear for dialogue as it is really spoken.? ?Dirk Bogarde