After a decade working within a slowly collapsing music business, Rhodri decided to turn to writing for a living at the age of 30 in what he refers to as ‘a rare moment of self-belief’. From humble beginnings writing comedy for BBC websites and Charlie Brooker’s company Zeppotron, he moved to more traditional journalism for Time Out and The Guardian, combining keen observation with a dash of self-deprecating humour. This led to a column in the Observer Music Monthly and regular features for The Independent, which in turn led to a weekly column for The Independent in 2005 on technology and internet issues.
These days, with two books under his belt for Rough Guides and another about the terrifying world of internet dating, he continues to write extensively for The Independent and other publications such as The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Cosmopolitan and Shortlist. When he’s not writing he exercises his musical muscles with Scritti Politti, Dream Themes (the UK’s favourite TV theme tribute band) and at least three handfuls of side projects. He continues to have the knack of landing bizarre work such as providing the backing music for a Big Brother contestant to sing about her unrequited love on Channel 4.
Imagine if all your Christmases did actually “come at once”.
That idiom is supposed to evoke an image of delight, happiness and nothing going wrong, but the British Christmas doesn’t always turn out that way. Yes, sometimes all the gifts are perfect, everyone’s on great form and no one chokes on a mince pie. But on other occasions you’ll fall through a glass cabinet or set your cardigan on fire.
A Very British Christmas pays tribute to all the peculiar ways we choose to celebrate; it tells stories of our propensity to behave badly, our uselessness under pressure and our unquenchable joie de vivre. Join us as we salute cultural icons, dissect national customs and hear from people who’ve eaten all the turkey and lived to tell the tale.
Tidings of discomfort, tidings of joy.
DRUNK FURNITURE: THE SECRET LIFE OF UNSOBER SOFAS – Buy it here
Twitter sensation @drunkfurniture in all its fully reclining glory. Upholstrred, mate. Abslertly uppholsted.
Drunk Furniture is a sobering, sofa-ing photographic study of over 80 tipsy loungers in their natural habitat.
Capturing the drink-fuelled exploits of the leathered recliner, the intoxicated Frigidaire and the sloshed chaise longue, Drunk Furniture is a coffee table book that your coffee table will absolutely love (once it’s had another coffee and a couple of ibuprofen).
Tears of mirth and sighs of recognition have splurged forth from the likes of Lauren Laverne, Peter Serafinowicz, India Knight and Marcus Brigstocke. With 80 hilarious photos, Drunk Furniture is for anyone who’s ever abandoned themselves during a messy night out.
Publisher: Quadrille Publishing
Publication date: 23 April 2015
CRAP DATES: DISASTROUS ENCOUNTERS FROM SINGLE LIFE – Buy it here
A good date can be exhilarating: a shared joke, an improbable spark, long moments of gazing fondly into each other’s eyes. Not so for the dating disasters featured in this collection of laugh-out-loud actual tweets about the most terrible evenings imaginable. From seriously unwelcome confessions, to dousing dates in wine, to bringing them back to creepy apartments to meet favorite stuffed animals, here are the funniest and most alarming reports from dating’s front lines. Along the way, author Rhodri Marsden offers tips on how to identify and avoid the worst of the bad daters, including married men, blatant liars, deluded optimists, and more. This harrowing collection of real nightmare dates will amuse anyone who’s suffered through one of cupid’s off nights.
Publication date: 10 September 2013
THE NEXT BIG THING – Buy it here
Times change. People move on. Plunging a hand into a pot of boiling oil is no longer considered an accurate way of determining the guilt of an adulterous woman. We tend not to casually vomit at the dinner table, do the Macarena, or fly around in airships inflated with highly flammable gas. We live our lives amid a complex web of rapidly changing ideas, desires and ethics; we pick the ones that seem like a good idea, and jettison the ones that don’t. The Next Big Thing points, laughs and winces at all those things that were suddenly deemed not that great after all. The guide is a tribute to the fad, the dead-end trend, the ephemeral nature of our beliefs, needs and aspirations. Choose your fad by era – Prehistory, Ancient Civilizations, The Middle Ages, Renaissance & Elizabethan, Georgian & Victorian, World Wars, The Post-War Years, The 1960s & 70s, The 1980s & 90s right through to today. Think about it: In the 1930s, men who played the clarinet were considered incredibly sexually attractive by young women. This is no longer the case. The Next Big Thing will tell you why.
A Rough Guide to things that seemed like a good idea at the time.
Publisher: Rough Guides
Publication date: 1 October 2009