The Ladybird Book of The Quiet Night In

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THE PERFECT GIFT for the ones who like to seize the day, wrestle it to the carpet, tie it up, lock it in the cupboard and settle down with a cup of tea and a biscuit.

Marianne has been staying in a watching old episodes of Sex And The City for two weeks now.

The women in the show remind Marianne of her and her friends.

Except that the women in Sex And The City never stay in for two weeks watching old episodes of Sex And The City.

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There is a pop disco at the community centre tonight, but the word 'community' brings Davey out in a cold sweat.

Some people suffer from F.O.M.O., the fear of missing out.

Davey is delighted that he has F.O.J.I., the fear of joining in.

This delightful book is the latest in the series of Ladybird books which have been specially planned to help grown-ups with the world about them.

The large clear script, the careful choice of words, the frequent repetition and the thoughtful matching of text with pictures all enable grown-ups to think they have taught themselves to cope. Featuring original Ladybird artwork alongside brilliantly funny, brand new text.

'Hilarious' Stylist

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About the author

Jason Hazeley & Joel Morris are the award-winning authors of the bestselling Ladybird Books For Grown-Ups series.

They write for Charlie Brooker's BAFTA award-winning Wipe shows, and co-wrote Cunk on Shakespeare, Cunk on Christmas and Cunk on Britain. They have also written for the award-winning Murder in Successville, the award-winning Miranda, the award-winning Mitchell & Webb, the award-winning Armstrong & Miller and a long list of shows and people both award-winning and so-far-award-avoiding.

They created and wrote the critically lauded but as yet un-awarded Ångström for BBC Radio 4, and helped write both the award-winning Paddington movies. They are co-creators of spoof local newspaper The Framley Examiner (awards pending) and the bestselling but still-waiting-to-be-award-winning offbeat travel guides Bollocks to Alton Towers and Far from the Sodding Crowd.

They present the podcast Rule of Three (Guardian Guide Best 50 Podcasts 2018 - is that an award?) and divide their time between their office, where they keep their awards, and an award-winning pub.

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Publisher
Penguin UK
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Published on
Oct 5, 2017
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Pages
56
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ISBN
9781405934039
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Language
English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Friendship
Family & Relationships / Life Stages / Adolescence
Family & Relationships / Peer Pressure
Humor / Form / Jokes & Riddles
Humor / Form / Parodies
Humor / Form / Pictorial
Humor / Topic / Adult
Psychology / Social Psychology
Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Social Science / Men's Studies
Social Science / Popular Culture
Social Science / Women's Studies
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