The team behind hit podcast No Such Thing as a Fish return with another eye-opening tour of the incredible year you didn't know you'd lived through.
'My favourite geeks. Hilarious. Sideways. Brilliant.' Tim Minchin
In a year when South Korea announced that its new robotics museum will be built by robots, and French cheese terrorists put a camembert through every French MP's letterbox, The Book of the Year returns with another dose of barely believable yet bona fide facts and stories from the past twelve months.
Each week for the past five years, Dan, James, Anna and Andy – the creators of the award-winning, chart-topping comedy podcast No Such Thing as a Fish – have wowed each other and millions of listeners with the most astonishing trivia they have learned over the previous seven days. Now, once again, they have scoured the newspapers for hidden gems, and transformed another year's worth of weird and wonderful happenings into one uplifting book that you won't be able to put down.
Discover how TV channel Hallmark has so many new Christmas movies that it will now start airing them from July.
Be amused to learn that a thousand people were hired to attend a rally in Kiev to protest against the practice of hiring people to attend rallies.
Share the excitement of the scientists who discovered that more attractive monkeys have smaller testicles.
Revel in the news that Carlsberg launched a new advertising campaign admitting it is 'probably not the best beer in the world'.
Feel a little sympathy for Ariana Grande, who got a Japanese tattoo she intended to say 'Seven Rings' but that actually ended up reading 'small charcoal grill'.
From ecologically minded Birmingham drug dealers to dodgy Belgian petanque players, The Book of the Year 2019 is an eye-opening tour of yet another incredible year you didn't know you'd lived through. And the authors have promised not to mention Brexit. Much.
“The sheer scope of the research takes the breath away, and the humour is perfectly judged.”
The Season's Best Gift Books, Spectator
“Another fine book of odd stories from No Such Thing As A Fish. I look forward to next year’s edition.”
“... packed with killer facts.”
“The Book Of The Year 2019 is a treat for all the ages. It's stuffed with fascinating facts from the past twelve months . . . genuine talent and bucketloads of personality . . . It's intellectual but always warm-hearted”
British Comedy Guide
“Bitesize chunks of truth in a year of fake news. If you love fact-based trivia, you'll get a kick out of this.”
Funniest Books for Christmas, Irish Times
“Great fun, ideal to pick up and absorb in bite-sized chunks. Plus it might make a welcome change from buying the Guinness Book Of World Records every year *****”
How It Works
“You can really dip in anywhere and be sure of finding something unexpected and amusing . . . the authors always remain curious and excited: for all their comic strengths, they are never too cynical to be fascinated. Despite everything, they still regards the world as a place of wonder”
Mail on Sunday