December Books: Ideal Stocking Fillers

Our book choices this month have been chosen to put a smile on your face or a suggestion for your secret santa!

Five at the Office Christmas Party (Enid Blyton for Grown Ups)

Enid Blyton’s books are beloved the world over and The Famous Five have been the perennial favourite of her fans.

Now, in this new series of Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups, George, Dick, Anne, Julian and Timmy are given the task of organizing the Christmas party for cousin Rupert’s failing company.Join the Five as they set out to give the best office Christmas party ever, in the most traditional of fashions. but on no budget at all. Will they succeed, and make everyone happy? Or will all the emergency services be called before the night is out?

Perfect for anyone who loves comedy books!


The Funniest Thing You Never Said: The Ultimate Collection of Humorous Quotations by Rosemarie Jarski

Whether for the loo or bedside entertainment or as a work of reference or self-improvement The Funniest Thing You Never Said is the biggest and best humorous quotation book there is – a complete one-stop shop of witty one liners. Quotations are ordered not by A-Z, but by thematic categories: love; business; religion; celebrity, you name it, every category is covered.

The collection includes all the classics from Oscar Wilde to Winston Churchill, Dorothy Parker to Groucho Marx but also mines many new hidden gems from lesser lights and includes many contemporary quotes by everyone from Jilly Cooper to Jonathan Ross. A standard companion for new collectors, and a fresh perspective for serious quotation addicts.


The Ladybird Book of Red Tape (Ladybirds for Grown-Ups)by Jason Hazeley

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.

This title is about Red Tape and bureaucracy, and takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to it, making sly comments on passport renewals, terms of service, copyright law, and so on.

This book was great for a quick laugh for someone like me. I have had a few Ladybird books read to me as a child, and I certainly recognize the style. The sarcastic humour and the old artwork are a good mix, and offer both humour and nostalgia in one package. This book also had some pretty good jabs at regulation, something most of us deal with on a regular basis. This was a simple and fun book with a lighthearted tone, some excellent classic Ladybird artistry, and some nostalgic feels. Good fun.


Bluffer’s Guide To Etiquette Paperback by William Hanson  

Instantly acquire all the knowledge you need to pass as an expert in the world of etiquette and high society. Know what to say, what not to say, where to be seen, and what and what not to wear. Never again be found wanting when asked if someone is a PLU or a NQOCD, why port should be passed to the left, or how many air kisses you should aim at the proffered cheek of someone you barely know.

Arm yourself with the essential words or phrases which have entered the etiquette lexicon from pre revolutionary France, and know not to mix up your droit du seigneur with your noblesse oblige. Bask in the admiration of your aristocratic hosts as you enquire politely about the place a table, pronounce confidently on whether the going is heavy or soft, and hold your own against the most sneering of posturing parvenus. Written by experts and offering readers the opportunity to pass off appropriated knowledge as their own, the Bluffer’s Guides provide hard fact masquerading as frivolous observation in one witty, easy read.


Draw What Success Looks Like: The Colouring and Activity Book for Serious Business people by Sarah Cooper

Add this colouring and activity book to your radar and turn over a new page in your office meeting behaviour. Colour in some flip-flops for a little therapeutic release from indecisive leaders, create your own praise sandwich, populate your own good idea graveyard: if you’ve had a really bad day, there’s punch the page (with handy target marks) for some instant stress relief.

Coming to the aid of harassed office dwellers everywhere, this activity book puts the ‘fun’ in ‘fundamental business principles’ (and then makes you draw them). The perfect present for a colleague or an office secret santa, get everyone on the same page as you, and draw what success looks like today.

We hope you enjoy this month’s choices, all of which have all been sourced from Amazon and are available to purchase to put a smile on your face or help you with that secret santa gift!