You Took the Last Bus Home

The Poems of Brian Bilston

Author: Brian Bilston

Publisher: Unbound Publishing

ISBN: 1783523069

Category: Poetry

Page: 256

View: 8047

You Took the Last Bus Home is the first and long-awaited collection of ingeniously hilarious and surprisingly touching poems from Brian Bilston, the mysterious ‘Poet Laureate of Twitter’. With endless wit, imaginative wordplay and underlying heartache, he offers profound insights into modern life, exploring themes as diverse as love, death, the inestimable value of a mobile phone charger, the unbearable torment of forgetting to put the rubbish out, and the improbable nuances of the English language. Constantly experimenting with literary form, Bilston’s words have been known to float off the page, take the shape of the subjects they explore, and reflect our contemporary world in the form of Excel spreadsheets, Venn diagrams and Scrabble tiles. This irresistibly charming collection of his best-loved poems will make you question the very essence of the human condition in the twenty-first century. YOU TOOK THE LAST BUS HOME you took the last bus home don’t know how you got it through the door you’re always doing amazing stuff like the time when you caught that train
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You Took the Last Bus Home

The Poems of Brian Bilston

Author: Brian Bilston

Publisher: Random House UK

ISBN: 9781783524921

Category:

Page: 256

View: 7419

You Took the Last Bus Home is the first and long-awaited collection of ingeniously hilarious and surprisingly touching poems from Brian Bilston, the mysterious 'Poet Laureate of Twitter'. With endless wit, imaginative wordplay and underlying heartache, he offers profound insights into modern life, exploring themes as diverse as love, death, the inestimable value of a mobile phone charger, the unbearable torment of forgetting to put the rubbish out, and the improbable nuances of the English language. Constantly experimenting with literary form, Bilston's words have been known to float off the page, take the shape of the subjects they explore, and reflect our contemporary world in the form of Excel spreadsheets, Venn diagrams and Scrabble tiles. This irresistibly charming collection of his best-loved poems will make you question the very essence of the human condition in the twenty-first century. YOU TOOK THE LAST BUS HOME you took the last bus home don't know how you got it through the door you're always doing amazing stuff like the time when you caught that train
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You Took the Last Bus Home

The Poems of Brian Bilston

Author: Brian Bilston

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1783523050

Category: Poetry

Page: 256

View: 8836

You Took the Last Bus Home is the first and long-awaited collection of ingeniously hilarious and surprisingly touching poems from Brian Bilston, the mysterious "Poet Laureate of Twitter." With endless wit, imaginative wordplay and underlying heartache, he offers profound insights into modern life, exploring themes as diverse as love, death, the inestimable value of a mobile phone charger, the unbearable torment of forgetting to put the rubbish out, and the improbable nuances of the English language. Constantly experimenting with literary form, Bilston's words have been known to float off the page, take the shape of the subjects they explore, and reflect our contemporary world in the form of Excel spreadsheets, Venn diagrams and Scrabble tiles. This irresistibly charming collection of his best-loved poems will make you question the very essence of the human condition in the 21st century. YOU TOOK THE LAST BUS HOME you took the last bus home don't know how you got it through the door you're always doing amazing stuff like the time when you caught that train
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How Lovely the Ruins

Inspirational Poems and Words for Difficult Times

Author: Spiegel & Grau

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

ISBN: 0399592830

Category: POETRY

Page: 224

View: 9615

In our tumultuous cultural and political climate, many Americans are finding hope and meaning in poetry and inspirational quotes, as noted by numerous media outlets such as The Atlantic, The Guardian, and NPR, and as evidenced by the frequent posting of poetry online. Like many of us, the editors at Spiegel & Grau were inspired by the shared poems, and put together this collection of poems and words for difficult times. Contributors include Maya Angelou (oStill I Riseo), W.H. Auden, Danez Smith, Naomi Shihab Nye, Maggie Smith, Alice Walker, Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Alexander, and many others. This is an uplifting volume that will be read for years to come by anyone facing challenging circumstances.
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A Murder to Die For

Author: Stevyn Colgan

Publisher: Unbound Publishing

ISBN: 1783524391

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 3566

When hordes of people descend on the picturesque village of Nasely for the annual celebration of its most famous resident, murder mystery writer Agnes Crabbe, events take a dark turn as the festival opens with a shocking death. Each year the residents are outnumbered by crowds dressed as Crabbe’s best-known character, the lady detective Millicent Cutter. The weekend is never a mild-mannered affair as fan club rivalries bubble below the surface, but tensions reach new heights when a second Crabbe devotee is found murdered. Though the police are quick to arrive on the scene, the facts are tricky to ascertain as the witnesses, suspects and victim are all dressed as Miss Cutter. And they all want to solve that crime too . . .
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Sad Animal Facts

Author: Brooke Barker

Publisher: Flatiron Books

ISBN: 1250095093

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 3238

New York Times Bestseller! A delightful and quirky compendium of the Animal Kingdom’s more unfortunate truths, with over 150 hand-drawn illustrations. Ever wonder what a mayfly thinks of its one-day lifespan? (They’re curious what a sunset is.) Or how a jellyfish feels about not having a heart? (Sorry, but they’re not sorry.) This melancholy menagerie pairs the more unsavory facts of animal life with their hilarious thoughts and reactions. Sneakily informative, and wildly witty, SAD ANIMAL FACTS will have you crying with laughter.
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The Road More Travelled

Tales of Those Seeking Refuge

Author: David Beckler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780993147227

Category:

Page: N.A

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An anthology of short stories exploring the refugee experience. A wonderfully varied collection of stories, touching, gripping and compelling with a sprinkling of humour.Refugees have existed as long as people have lived in settlements. The stories in this anthology examine aspects of the refugees' journey. The tales encompass the 1930s - the last time Europe dealt with refugees in any numbers - to the present refugee crisis. We meet people before they become refugees, see them on their journey and encounter them attempting to settle into new lives. We also see examples of how communities and people's attitudes can be affected by the arrival of refugees.
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Dead Writers in Rehab

Author: Paul Bassett Davies

Publisher: Unbound Publishing

ISBN: 1783523573

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 6028

When literary reprobate Foster James wakes up in a strange country house, he assumes he's been consigned to rehab (yet again) by his dwindling band of friends and growing collection of ex-wives. But he soon realises there's something a bit different about this place after he gets punched in the face by Ernest Hemingway. Is Foster dead? Has his less-than-saintly existence finally caught up with him? After an acrimonious group therapy session with Hunter S Thompson, Colette, William Burroughs, and Coleridge, it seems pretty likely. But he still feels alive, especially after an up-close and personal one-on-one session with Dorothy Parker. When he discovers that the two enigmatic doctors who run the institution are being torn apart by a thwarted love affair, he and the other writers must work together to save something that, for once, is bigger than their own gigantic egos. This is a love story. It's for anyone who loves writing and writers. It's also a story about the strange and terrible love affair between creativity and addiction, told by a charming, selfish bastard who finally confronts his demons in a place that's part Priory, part Purgatory, and where the wildest fiction can tell the soberest truth.
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Life-abet

An A to Z of Existence

Author: Aaron Gillies

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Ltd.

ISBN: 1910536458

Category: Humor

Page: 256

View: 2881

With 35,000 plus followers on Twitter and regular spots on media websites, including the Huffington Post, The Poke and Buzzfeed, 28 year old Aaron Gillies aka @TechnicallyRon is already an established 'voice of a generation' with his popular, sharp and precisioned brand of visual comedy satire. Firmly in touch with his masculinist and feminist issues, @technicallyRon is not afraid to take a pop at the subliminal messages on body image and self esteem to be found in the media, and on the covers of magazines. He speaks largely to a 18-to-35 unisex demographic, and counts high-profile journalists and comedians amongst his fans. Ron famously posted his brutally funny 'Katie Hopkins Day Planner' for The Poke on Twitter, which was retweeted by none other than Hopkins herself, proving that perhaps she doesn't take herself too seriously, after all...
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I Wonder What I’m Thinking About?

Author: Moose Allain

Publisher: Unbound Publishing

ISBN: 1783523697

Category: Humor

Page: 352

View: 5039

I Wonder What I’m Thinking About brings artist and illustrator Moose Allain’s best creations together in one place, in a colourful, amusing and sometimes confusing collector’s item. Moose draws cartoons, comic strips, book illustrations, doodles, diagrams, maps and guides. He uses Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Vine and Photoshop. He makes photographs, captions, logos, web graphics, animations and films. He paints and he draws and he doodles. He writes short stories, puns, riddles, essays, to-do lists and to-don’t lists. He draws ducks, bees, Vikings, eggs, sheep, umbrellas and flowers. If you’ve ever wondered what he’s thinking about... this is it. This book is filled to the brim with the best of his work, and at the heart of it Moose tries to work out just what it is that unites his amalgam of unique, funny and distinctly varied work.
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Helium

Author: Rudy Francisco

Publisher: Button Poetry

ISBN: 1943735352

Category: Poetry

Page: 95

View: 2496

Helium is the debut poetry collection by internet phenom Rudy Francisco, whose work has defined poetry for a generation of new readers. Rudy's poems and quotes have been viewed and shared millions of times as he has traveled the country and the world performing for sell-out crowds. Helium is filled with work that is simultaneously personal and political, blending love poems, self-reflection, and biting cultural critique on class, race and gender into an unforgettable whole. Ultimately, Rudy's work rises above the chaos to offer a fresh and positive perspective of shared humanity and beauty.
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Ruth and Martin’s Album Club

Author: Martin Fitzgerald

Publisher: Unbound Publishing

ISBN: 1783524022

Category: Music

Page: 336

View: 6425

The concept behind the Ruth and Martin’s Album Club blog is simple: Make people listen to a classic album they’ve never heard before. Make them listen to it two more times. Get them to explain why they never bothered with it before. Then ask them to review it. What began as a simple whim quickly grew in popularity, and now Ruth and Martin’s Album Club has featured some remarkable guests: Ian Rankin on Madonna’s Madonna. Chris Addison on Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On. Brian Koppelman on The Smiths’ Meat is Murder. JK Rowling on the Violent Femmes’ Violent Femmes. Bonnie Greer on The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. Martin Carr on Paul McCartney’s Ram. Brian Bilston on Neil Young’s Harvest. Anita Rani on The Strokes’ Is This It. Richard Osman on Roxy Music’s For Your Pleasure. And many, many more. Each entry features an introduction to each album by blog creator Martin Fitzgerald. What follows are delightful, humorous and insightful contributions from each guest as they have an album forced upon them and – for better or worse – they discover some of the world’s favourite music. Ruth and Martin’s Album Club is a compilation of some of the blog’s greatest hits as well as some exclusive material that has never appeared anywhere before. Throughout, we get an insight into why some people opt out of some music, and what happens when you force them to opt in.
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Peace, Love & Potatoes

Author: John Hegley

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1847658733

Category: Poetry

Page: 96

View: 3391

This volume by the inimitable poet, comedian and performer John Hegley brings together poetry, prose and drawings on the themes closest to his heart. Contemplating subjects from painting, France and family to Daleks and of course potatoes, these pieces are by turns funny, moving, thought-provoking - and always brilliantly original. Peace, Love and Potatoes opens a new window onto John Hegley's unique and vivid way of seeing the world, and is certain to delight fans old and new.
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Kingdom of Gravity

Author: Nick Makoha

Publisher: Peepal Tree Press

ISBN: 9781845233334

Category:

Page: 72

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In direct narrative terms the poems in this collection relate to the horrors of the civil war that ousted the brutal tyranny of Idi Amin in Uganda, a war of liberation that brought its own barbarous atrocities. In political terms the poems chart the impact of imperialism and neo-colonialism that lay behind those traumas in the life of the nation. In personal terms, the poems are framed between the contrary pulls of attachment and flight, exile and longing. At their heart is an unwavering curiosity about how people behave in extreme situations, and what this reveals about our common human capacities to indulge grandiose visions, betray them, dissemble, seek revenge and kill. There is no presumption of innocence. There may be flight, but there is no standing aside. The narrator can dream (but is it a dream?) of a "dead man/who has been stung by the invisible bee of my bullet". There is much darkness of reference in the collection, but also a hopeful search for truthfulness and trust as the only things that matter. The poems - as poems of grace, control and beauty of image - demonstrate the power of the best poetry to speak of difficult things in a way that enlightens, not merely horrifies. The care in the making and shaping of the poems bears witness to the evident fact that for Nick Makoha poetry became "This rock [...] a sanctuary from which I can repair the ruins". Nick Makoha's debut collection is named for the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize-winning poem "Kingdom of Gravity".
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How Freakin’ Zeitgeist Are You?

Author: Murray Lachlan Young

Publisher: Unbound Publishing

ISBN: 1783523549

Category: Poetry

Page: 320

View: 8717

How Freakin’ Zeitgeist Are You? is the definitive collection of Murray Lachlan Young’s poems from 1994 to the present day. It tracks his career as a writer and performer, from his arrival as a wide-eyed, twenty-something in London, through his sideways look in and around the music, fashion and film businesses, as well as a few observational works from what he now refers to as his ‘Cornwall years’. From his humorous and witty take on social phenomena to dark commentary on today’s society, Murray covers a wide range of topics from the weather, hair and machines to the UK festival culture, sex, men’s issues, pop music and God. The book also contains sixteen of his original illustrations and several of the sketch poems he was commissioned to write through his hugely popular slots as poet-in-residence on BBC Radio 6 Music and Radio 4’s Saturday Live. Anyone who has watched or listened to Murray perform will recognise the range of his work, from whimsical comedy and several darker pieces through satire into cosmology, theology and metaphysics. Though primarily written for the ear, with a radio listener in mind, his incurable addiction to rhyme is evident from the first page and the whole collection is designed to be read out loud and shared with friends. So open it up, find the beat and enter the strange and marvellous world of Murray Lachlan Young.
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History

Poems

Author: Stephen C. Behrendt

Publisher: Mid List Press

ISBN: 9780922811670

Category: Poetry

Page: 60

View: 5710

Stephen C. Behrendt's third collection of poetry is grounded in the belief that what sustains us through generations is the accumulation of stories, tales, and artifacts passed on to us by individuals who lived fully and passionately. As in the poet's previous collections, Instruments of the Bones (1992) and A Step in the Dark (1996), History is deeply Romantic in head and heart. Told from a variety of perspectives, Behrendt's meditative poems gently remind us that history is a living, breathing thing. From it, we may draw dignity, vitality, and permanence.
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The History of Signboards

From the Earliest Times to the Present Day

Author: Jacob Larwood,John Camden Hotten

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Signs and signboards

Page: 536

View: 2462

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Is That All You People Think About?

A Haiku Collection

Author: Gordon Gordon

Publisher: Square Peg

ISBN: 9781910931615

Category: Haiku

Page: 112

View: 1858

'I'm in here!' yelled Mum. Hide and seek was spoilt again. We never found Dad. The word 'Haiku' invokes images of misty mountains, running streams and falling leaves. But where are the haiku that reflect the modern world we live in? The real world of overflowing baths, train delays and Pierce Brosnan? In this collection, you will find a haiku for every moment of modern life, all rendered in no more or less than 17 syllables.
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Poetry of Resistance

Voices for Social Justice

Author: Francisco X. Alarcón,Odilia Galván Rodríguez

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 081650279X

Category: Poetry

Page: 215

View: 7972

"Poetry of Resistance" offers a poetic call for tolerance, reflection, reconciliation, and healing. Bringing together more than eighty writers, the anthology powerfully articulates the need for change and the primacy of basic human rights.
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Tragidoodles

Author: Ben Cameron

Publisher: Unbound Publishing

ISBN: 1783523093

Category: Humor

Page: 120

View: 4815

WARNING: Ben Cameron’s Tragidoodles contains 101 drawings that will break your heart. Ben Cameron’s tragidoodles have been hailed as “the most upsetting doodles in the world” (Mirror) and as the work of “an artist with a knack for pulling on the internet’s heartstrings” (Buzzfeed). This first-ever printed collection brings together Ben’s most popular, heartbreaking, bittersweet and endlessly witty cartoons, combining his viral creations with brand new, never-before-shared illustrations. Flip through and witness the dinosaurs’ final moments on Earth, a melting candle facing its all but certain demise, a hedgehog who’s just looking for love, an existential bear and a host of other creatures who are just trying to make it through the day. Packed with 101 illustrations that will make you sad, make you laugh, and then make you feel bad for laughing, Tragidoodles is a must-have collection and the perfect Christmas gift.
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