Christmas Favourites from Robert Hale Ltd

Wondering what to buy your nearest and dearest this holiday season? Wonder no more. We at Robert Hale Ltd have got something for everyone – from gripping ebooks for the technologically advanced to the ultimate Bat-bible for comic book fans and everything in between.

For fans of classic British literature, check out Maggie Lane’s Understanding Austen. Lane, acclaimed author of many Jane Austen books, turns her attention to the fascinating nuances of Austen’s language and the way it embodies her most profound beliefs about human conduct and character. Jane Austen Award nominee Amanda Grange shines a light on the life of Sense and Sensibility’s Colonel Brandon in Colonel Brandon’s Diary, offering fans of Austen’s work a chance to explore her world a little further.

If you know people more inclined to pick up a comic book than an Austen novel, however, we have the ultimate Bat-bible, Holy Franchise Batman! by Gary Collinson to entertain any bat-fans, even the more knowledgeable ones. The book follows the many manifestations of Bruce Wayne/Batman over the years from TV to cinema and is filled with fascinating Bat-facts.

If your loved ones shy away from books altogether, preferring to pick up their Kindle or Kobo and delve into an ebook, our ebook range includes everything from westerns to crime and romance. We have Robert Goddard’s first ever book Past Caring, the brilliant Inspector Box crime series by Norman Russell or the Helen Forrester series: Three Women of Liverpool, Liverpool Daisy and The Latchkey Kid. Both Aunt Letitia by Dominic Luke and Elizabeth Jackson’s Language of Thieves have zoomed up the Amazon rankings recently or you could try Peter Tickler’s Blood in Oxford series: Blood in Grandpont, Blood on the Cowley Road and Blood on the Marsh.

Don’t forget to check back with us for our Christmas ebook catalogue… coming soon!

If you fancy giving the men in your life something to laugh about this holiday season, check out Wearing Combovers and 49 Other Things That the Modern Man Shouldn’t Do, a book suitable for men both young and old that is packed with witty, laugh-out-loud observations on the human condition. Ranging from ‘Don’t be a Bond fantasist’ to ‘Don’t leave a high-five hanging’, this book is a hilarious addition to any man’s Christmas stocking.

If, however, your man is much more of an exercise/fitness fan and likes to keep in shape, our comprehensive guide Marathon Training by Nikalas Cook is sure to get them to the finishing line safely. In 28 weeks, you can go from complete non-runner, through your first 5k, 10k, half-marathon and finally to success in the full 26.2 miles of the marathon.

For those friends and relatives who love nothing more than to curl up this winter with a great piece of fiction, we have plenty to choose from. Delve into any of the compelling historical fiction tales by the late E.V. Thompson, including his final book, The Bonds of Earth. Alternatively, enjoy Wendy Perriam’s amusing writing edge either in Broken Places as librarian Eric struggles to move forward in his life or with I’m on the Train!, Perriam’s book of entertaining short stories.

Whatever you end up buying or reading this holiday season, enjoy yourself! Happy Christmas and season’s greetings from all at Robert Hale Ltd.

Author Carl Walker on Why It’s OK to Laugh at Men With Combovers

Wearing Combovers by Carl WalkerCarl Walker is a senior lecturer in psychology and he has ten years’ experience researching and publishing academic work on human behaviour. He is uniquely qualified to write this book on account of being the only man who considers himself a world authority on men who juggle. He lives in Sussex with his family and his hobbies include avoiding men who wear comedy ties and thinking up innovative new ways to hide his man boobs.

Here he looks at why he decided to write Wearing Combovers and why he feels it’s OK to laugh…

I’d like to pretend that I wrote this book out of some kind of antiquated notion of providing a public service to my fellow man. To help other men out there steer their way through the various and many trials of modern day living. I’d like to say that when I implored men not to shout at their dogs in public, jump over gates that they could easily walk through and wear combovers, I did it out of an urge to help people to correct behaviours that presented them as curiously hapless in the eyes of their peers. I’m afraid I didn’t. I wrote it to laugh at them. Just to make fun of them plain and simple. And laughing at those less fortunate than ourselves has really come to receive a bad reputation in recent years. We spend so long teaching our children that it is wrong to laugh at those less fortunate than ourselves.

But really, is it so wrong to laugh at a man whose combover has been mauled by the wind? Is it so wrong to laugh at men who walk into friends new houses and knock on their walls to confirm, with staggeringly little authority, that the walls are, indeed, fine. Of course it’s not, its great fun.

I wrote this book for people who like laughing at stupid men. If, when you see men cycling with no hands hit a bump and then panic as they grasp for their handlebars then this book is for you. If you laugh like a drain at that ‘gradual grooving’ bit between a man getting up to dance and their actual dancing then this is for you. If your favourite clips from You’ve Been Framed are the ones where clinically dim skateboarders give themselves DIY vasectomies on hand railings then this is for you.

I see the fact that I myself do many of the things in this book as no impediment to laughing at these varied forms of male idiocy. I hope you don’t either.

Carl Walker

Wearing Combovers and 49 Other Things That the Modern Man Shouldn’t Do by Carl Walker is available to buy now with a limited time only discount of 30%

OUT NOW: Wearing Combovers by Carl Walker

Wearing Combovers by Carl WalkerCarl Walker is a senior lecturer in psychology and he has ten years’ experience researching and publishing academic work on human behaviour. He is uniquely qualified to write this book on account of being the only man who considers himself a world authority on men who juggle. He lives in Sussex with his family and his hobbies include avoiding men who wear comedy ties and thinking up innovative new ways to hide his man boobs.

Wearing Combovers and 49 Other Things That the Modern Man Shouldn’t Do by Carl Walker – Official Blurb

Modern men have a tendency to do a lot of unusual things. Some wear comedy socks and ties. Others labour under the curious misapprehension that cycling without using ones hands constitutes a social achievement. You may see a man in the street throwing a sweet up in the air with the sole purpose of trying to catch it in his mouth. You may have met a man who has managed to convince himself that his combover could be mistaken for a lustrous body of hair.

In a moment of historical literary significance matched only by the Doomsday book and the first edition of the King James Bible, this book finally brings together an account of the strange and frankly unacceptable habits of modern men with the clear and obvious reasons why these habits must, for the sake of the future of the human race, be cast aside.

Wearing Combovers and 49 Other Things That the Modern Man Shouldn’t Do by Carl Walker is available to buy now with a limited time only discount of 30%

Wearing Combovers by Carl Walker