Joe Bennett

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Books by Joe Bennett

Kich Rich by Joe Bennett
King Rich
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  • ISBN-10: 1775540553
    ISBN-13: 9781775540557
    Harper Collins NZ

    Joe’s first novel is a love story, of sorts. Read more
    double Happiness by Joe Bennett
    Fish Like a Drink
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  • ISBN-10: 1869509587
    ISBN-13: 9781775490531
    Harper Collins NZ

    Since his last collection of columns, Joe Bennett's been shaken and stickered, protected from bureaucrats by a Bulgarian in a frock Read more
     
    double Happiness by Joe Bennett
    Double Happiness
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  • ISBN-10: 1869509579
    ISBN-13: 978-1869509576
    Harper Collins NZ

    In this bitingly witty book, Joe Bennett lays bare the techniques behind bullshit Read more
    Celebrity Cat Recipes by Joe Bennett
    Celebrity Cat Recipes
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  • ISBN-10: 1869508114
    ISBN-13: 9781869508111
    Harper Collins NZ

    This book contains neither cats nor recipes, and the only celebrities are on the end of Joe Bennett’s skewer: Tiger Woods, say, or Michael Jackson. ... Read more
     
    Hello Dubai by Joe Bennett
    Hello Dubai
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  • ISBN-10: 1847376746
    ISBN-13: 9781847376749
    Simon & Schuster

    Boom town, modern marvel, commercial hub, where middle-east meets wealthy west, playground for tourists, crawling with ex-pats,... Read more
    The World's Your Lobster by Joe Bennett
    The World's Your Lobster
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  • ISBN-10: 1869508106
    ISBN-13: 9781869508104
    Harper Collins NZ

    Even by his own rich standards, Joe Bennett's had a remarkable year. New Zealand's foremost columnist has written the inaugural speech for Barack Obama ("Yea, verily, I am come unto you")... Read more
     
    Alive And Kicking From by Joe Bennett
    Alive And Kicking
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  • ISBN-10: 1869506723
    ISBN-13: 9781869506728
    Harper Collins NZ

    Alive: aboveground, animate, animated, breathing, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, capable of life, chipper, conscious, endowed with life, enjoying health, enlivened, eupeptic, existent, fine, fit, fit and fine... Read more
    Laugh? I could have cried by Joe Bennett
    Laugh? I could have cried
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  • ISBN-10: 1869507452
    ISBN-13: 9781869507459
    Harper Collins NZ

    Joe Bennett was born into the middle classes of England in 1957. Life was stable, suburban and sunny. Computers weren’t around to ruin his childhood, nor terror of paedophiles, nor fast food. He had it easy. Read more
     
    Where Underpants Come From by Joe Bennett
    Where Underpants Come From
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  • ISBN-10: 1847370012
    ISBN-13: 978-1847370013
    Simon & Schuster

    When Joe Bennett bought a five-pack of 'Made in China' underpants in his local New Zealand Warehouse for $8.59, he wondered who on earth could be making any money, let alone profit, from the exchange. Read more
    Eyes Right (and They's Wrong) by Joe Bennett
    Eyes Right (and They's Wrong)
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  • ISBN(NZ): 1869506715
    ISBN(Australia): 0731813502
    Harper Collins NZ

    In the past year New Zealand’s favourite columnist has turned fifty, lost a dog, been to China, been motivationally spoken to, built a goatshed, drunk with a Bangkok Buddhist, survived Christmas, eavesdropped Winnie with Condoleezza and . . . Read more
     
    Love, Death, Washing-up, Etc: Joe Bennett Sorts It Out   by Joe Bennett
    Love, Death, Washing-up, Etc
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  • ISBN-10: 1847391087
    ISBN-13: 978-1847391087
    Simon & Schuster

    In between penning his hugely acclaimed and bestselling travelogues, A LAND OF TWO HALVES and MUSTN'T GRUMBLE, Joe Bennett is also one of the foremost newspaper columnists in his adoptive home, New Zealand. Read more
    A Land of Two Halves by Joe Bennett
    A Land of Two Halves
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  • 0-743-26357-X
    Simon & Schuster

    After ten years in New Zealand, Joe Bennett asked himself what on earth he was doing there. Other than his dogs, what was it about these two small islands on the edge of the world that had kept him.. Read more
     
    Mustn't Grumble by Joe Bennett - Mass Market Edition
    Mustn't Grumble
    (Mass Market Edition)
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  • ISBN-10: 141652603X
    ISBN-13: 978-1416526032
    Simon & Schuster

    Fifteen years ago, Joe Bennett left England for a holiday. Now it's time to come back. But how is the England of his memory different from the England of the motorway? Read more
    Bedside Lovers (and other goats) - A collection of columns by Joe Bennett
    Bedside Lovers (and other goats)
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  • 0-7432-1997-X
    Simon & Schuster

    Following the success of FUN RUN AND OTHER OXYMORONS, the quintessential Englishman abroad - who 'distrusts all beliefs, most thought and anything ending in "ism"' - regales us once again with his dry and hilarious observations on the... Read more
     
    Down Boy - 2006 columns by Joe Bennett
    Down Boy
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  • 1-877393-25-8
    Hazard Press

    Whether his subject is Islam, goats, Kate Moss, a missing sock, Daktari or duff English, his prose is laser-sharp, clear as sunlight and irrepressibly funny. Down Boy is Joe’s ninth collection of columns. Read more
    Dogmatic - 2005 columns by Joe Bennett
    Dogmatic
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  • 1-877393-11-8
    Hazard Press

    Joe Bennett is English by birth and was raised in Brighton - a town once described as looking as if it was helping the police with their enquiries. He went to Cambridge University and then... Read more
     
    Unmuzzled - 2004 columns by Joe Bennett
    Unmuzzled
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  • 1-877270-85-7
    Hazard Press

    You know all those Joe Bennett newspaper columns you loved this year and wish you’d kept? The ones that made you laugh out loud over your breakfast? The ones in which he said just what you’d been thinking – only so much better? Read more
    Doggone - 2002 columns by Joe Bennett
    Doggone
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  • 1-877270-34-2
    Hazard Press

    If, as Clive James said, a sense of humour is just common sense dancing, Joe Bennett’s a ball. Doggone, the fifth collection of his columns, overflows with the delicious prose, the puncturing of pretension, the wisdom and the wit that marked the bestsellers Just Walking the... Read more
     
    Barking - 2003 columns by Joe Bennett
    Barking
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  • 1-877270-49-0
    Hazard Press

    Joe Bennett's sixth collection of columns is written in language so sharp you could stick pigs with it. If you don't like laughing, thinking or seeing the world afresh, don't buy it. Read more
    Sit - 2003 columns by Joe Bennett
    Sit
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  • 1-877270-10-5
    Hazard Press

    Beware, all those who take themselves too seriously or are allergic to laugh-out-loud humour. Take heart, all those who are reassured and gladdened by exquisitely turned prose and well-aimed wit. Joe Bennett is back with a fourth collection of columns which, like its three bestselling predecessors, Just Walking the Dogs... Read more
     
    So Help Me Dog! - 2002 columns by Joe Bennett
    So Help Me Dog!
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  • 1-877270-02-4
    Hazard Press

    In his third collection of columns, Joe Bennett once again aims his pen at a delightfully eclectic range of targets and topics from tortoise smuggling and culinary fads to bad poetry and the joys of poultry. Each of these shrewd, irresistibly humorous and beautifully written columns proves, yet again, that Bennett is the funniest man writing in New Zealand today. Read more
    Sleeping Dogs and Other Lies - 2000 columns by Joe Bennett
    Sleeping Dogs and Other Lies
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  • 1-877161-67-5
    Hazard Press

    This, Joe Bennett’s second collection of columns, deals with the horrors of golf and hospital, the pleasures of oxymorons and cricket, the sickness of dogs and apostrophes, and the blights of suburbia from Star... Read more
     
    Just Walking the Dogs - 1999 columns by Joe Bennett
    Just Walking the Dogs
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  • 1-877161-49-7
    Hazard Press

    'If they (the children late for class) lie badly I punish them. If they lie creatively I laugh, congratulate them and punish them. Both of us know it’s a ritual. They will be late again tomorrow. The same children. They’re late people.' But Joe Bennett is not late. Or if he is, he’s like the bloke who’s just missed the bus and claims that what it means is that he’s terribly early for the next one. Read more
    Fun Run and Other Oxymorons - a collection of columns by Joe Bennett
    Fun Run and Other Oxymorons
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  • 0-684-86136-4
    Simon & Schuster

    Why is it that a man with a vacuum cleaner just has to discover exactly what it is capable of sucking up? And have you ever wondered why cars parked outside massage parlours contain dogs? Why Monopoly is the root of all evil? Why every man should own a circular saw? Read more