Laurence Simpson spent most of his working life in advertising, where he was known as ‘Loz’ and where he won numerous major awards in London, Cannes and New York. He lives in Surrey with his wife, whose hobbies include blowing out nearside front tyres by mounting the kerb at speed, smashing headlamp units by driving into the backs of other peoples’ cars and, counter-productively, losing her car keys.
The townsfolk once voted him the strangest man in Missouri, but he turned the honor down, claiming it was "just a popularity contest." He has baited hooks connected to the keys of an old typewriter by the side of the Mississippi, so the local fish can write poetry. He keeps stacks of old newspapers piled up to his bedroom ceiling, and he doesn't know why. They don't get much more eccentric than old Rollie Zerbs of LaPorte, Missouri. But he does have one thing going for him--a rare 1909 Chicago Cubs tobacco baseball card, one of the most valuable cards in existence. And even though he can't remember where he just put it, he's on his way to Chicago to see what the card will bring...
This funny, surprisingly moving novel follows the everyday life of our list-making hero, from the very first bullet points at 10, through school days, first crushes, teenage kisses and first dates, clumsy sexual encounters and university, early career, serious falling-in-love and marriage, kids, divorce, professional meltdown and resurrection, frightening online dating, and miraculous new love again, aged 50.
If you read more lists than books, then this might just be the novel for you.
For fans of Adrian Mole and Nick Hornby and readers of all ages, MY LIFE IN LISTS is a novel for the listicle generation, a book to tickle funny bones and move hearts in equal measure.
In his compilation of darkly humorous short stories, Tim Corkery shares a look into the minds of a band of characters forced to make choices in lifesome with deadly consequences. Bob and Linda live in an apartment beneath a man and his ailing motherbut no one has ever seen Mother Dearest. Colin hasnt visited his aunt Mary in Old Nantasket in quite some time. He hopes she can help him with his math homework. But when he receives a strange note from his teacher in his math book, Colin is sent on a dangerous, wild goose chase that leads him straight to a kidnapper.
Funny to Horror shares a collection of entertaining short tales that explore the humor and horror in life and prove that sometimes being young, rich, and beautiful is just not enough.
It’s the big ‘goodbye’ from the Bang Saray Boys and you don’t want to miss it.