5 Brilliant Books by Household Names

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1. Richard Osman, The Thursday Murder Club


If you thought Richard Osman was just the brainy sidekick of Alexander Armstrong or House of Games' witty quizmaster, think again.

Osman shows off his writing chops in fine style with his first foray into prose fiction. 

So why read it? It's a classic murder mystery. It's penned by Richard Osman. It's had rave reviews from thousands of readers.

What's not to like?

2. Bob Mortimer, And Away

Fans of the irrepressibly charming Bob Mortimer can't wait to get their hands on this book. Readers can expect to be both entertained and moved by this eagerly anticipated account of the Middlesbrough-born comedian's colourful life.

Anyone who has ever witnessed Bob's antics on Would I Lie to You? has some insight into Bob's unique take on life - but it's not all about the laughter. 

Get it or regret it...

3. Michael Palin, Hemingway's Chair

Michael Palin showcases his talent for fiction-writing - as if revered travel writer and renowned comedian weren't impressive enough labels - in this charming tale of  a postmaster resisting change.

The Post Office is due for a bit of a refurb.

Snakes alive!

It's more than flesh and blood can stand ...

Hemingway's Chair is both amusing and poignant - and jolly well written.

4. Graham Norton, The Life and Loves of a He Devil


The nation's favourite chat-show host readily spills all in this charming autobiography.

Graham Norton invites all and sundry to take a peek at his life, work, and loves and narrates with the casual intimacy of a close friend.  Expect the familiar voice from our TV screens to shine through.

And a must-read for lovers of labradoodles.

5. Michelle Obama, Becoming


Who isn't interested in the Michelle Obama these days? A role model for women - and men! - everywhere, this former First Lady comes across as more than a match for her husband in this illuminating insight into her values and ambitions. How can someone so perfect be so likeable at the same time?

A great read for those in need of a little inspiration. Seriously, why didn't this woman run for President?!