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Holidays and Rugby parodied in two new Haynes Explains books

11th July 2019
Boris Starling
Wednesday, 26 June, 2019
9781785216626 and 9781785216541


11th July 2019:  Haynes has added two timely new parody books to its ever-popular Haynes Explains series.  The two new brilliantly observed manuals, which look at ‘Holidays’ and ‘Rugby’, are based on a strip-down and rebuild of a particular ‘model’.    

Each manual features a wide-array of tongue-in-cheek information for the reader to digest, discuss and enjoy.  The books come packed full of exploded views, flow charts, ‘fault diagnosis’ and the occasional ‘wiring diagram’.

According to ABTA, 60% of the UK population took a foreign holiday in the last year – the highest figure since 2011 – but with Brexit looming, how many of us have chosen a staycation this summer? Haynes Explains Holidays offers an amusing look at everything from choosing the right type break and booking online, through to how to make budget flights bearable. It also offers a witty take on essential dos and don’ts for a range of holiday scenarios. 

With excitement growing ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan and the season returning this Autumn, Haynes Explains Rugby provides a timely and jovial look at everything from rugby player positions in the ‘Model Range’ section, through to dissecting key international rugby events such as the Six Nations tournament and Rugby World Cup. It also touches on ‘Famous Models’, which looks at famous players from over the years.  

Written by international best-selling author Boris Starling, the Haynes Explains series make for the ideal gift thanks to his amusing spin on Haynes’ inimitable style.  Each title retails at £6.99 and adopts a light-hearted, entertaining take on the classic workshop manual. 

To date, over 500,000 copies of the best-selling Haynes Explains series have been sold. Other titles in the extensive range include Babies, Marriage, Pensioners, Teenagers, The British, The Americans, Christmas, Pets, The French, The Germans, Football, and The Home.  


Title details

Haynes Explains Holidays is priced at £6.99 and available from The book number is H6654. The ISBN is 9781785216541. It is published in July 2019.

Haynes Explains Rugby is priced at £6.99 and available from The book number is H6662. The ISBN is 9781785216626. It is published in July 2019.


About the Author

Boris Starling is an author, screenwriter and journalist. His crime thrillers have made the Sunday Times and New York Times bestsellers list, and his TV series Messiah ran for five seasons on BBC1.  Boris lives in Dorset with his family and a range of animals, all of whom mitigate against him indulging his natural petrolhead tendencies. 

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