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Richard Thomas Osman, better known as Richard Osman, is an British comedian, producer, television presenter, and author of cozy mystery and non-fiction books.

Born in Essex, England, he studied Politics and Sociology at Trinity College, Cambridge, before launching a career in media.

He has worked as an executive producer on British game shows like Deal or No Deal, and Out of 10 Cats; as the co-presenter of the BBC’s One teatime quiz show Pointless alongside host Alexander Armstrong; and made appearances on British comedy game shows like Would I Lie to You?, and Have I Got News for You.

His novels, The Thursday Murder Club (2020) and The Man Who Died Twice (2021), were not only #1 million-copy international bestsellers, but also New York Times bestsellers.

Osman lives in London with his partner, and a cat named Liesl.

More about Richard Osman

Genres: Cozy Mystery, Non-fiction

Born: 1970

United Kingdom


  1. A Pointless History Of World (2017)
  2. The World Cup Of Everything: Bringing the fun home (2017)
  3. Richard Osman's House of Games: 101 new & classic games from the hit BBC series (2019)

Thursday Murder Club

  1. The Thursday Murder Club (2020)
  2. The Man Who Died Twice (2021)
  3. The Bullet That Missed (2022)

Detailed book overview


A Pointless History Of World

A Pointless History of the World is a complete[1] and meticulously researched[2] series of essays on our rich and glorious past. Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman, two of the world's foremost experts on Things Before Their Time[3] take you on a step-by-step journey through history.

From the Big Bang to the Fall of the Roman Empire, from the Ice Age to the Evolution of Language, from Henry VIII to Last of the Summer Wine: all of civilization is here. A publishing first, this thoroughly comprehensive and highly ambitious quest through Time and Space is interspersed with questions for all the family from TV's most popular tea-time quiz show, Pointless. This is Alexander and Richard's biggest book yet.

The book no historian can afford to be without[4], it comes complete with introduction and footnotes[5].

[1] Highly selective

[2] Largely cobbled together from what we can remember from school

[3] That's not even a thing

[4] Under no circumstances to be used for reference

[5] Um...

NB: Co-authored with Alexander Armstrong.

Author: Richard Osman
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1473623248
Publisher: Coronet Books
The World Cup Of Everything: Bringing the fun home

In The World Cup Of Everything Richard Osman* gives you and your friends the chance to vote on some of the most controversial, and funniest arguments of our time.

What is the greatest chocolate bar of all?

It's the Twirl surely? Maybe Maltesers?

What are the greatest crisps of all time?

Frazzles of course! Anything but Ready Salted Walkers

Best sitcom ever?

Hmmm, 'Only Fools And Horses' or 'Blackadder'

Best animal?

Dog!, No wait, cat! No wait, dog!

Hold on, you disagree? You think that Pickled Onion Monster Munch are the best crisps? And 'Mrs. Brown's Boys' is the best sitcom?

Play along with The World Cup Of Everything and you and your family and friends can decide these things once and for all. You will be arguing about, then voting on, the best crisps, the best chocolate, the best sweets, the best sitcom, the best Christmas songs, the best Disney films, the best biscuits and so much more.

It is also packed with amazing stories and incredible facts on everything from Nandos to 'Die Hard' to Jammie Dodgers.

And who wins? You decide!

*Richard from Pointless, you know the one.

Author: Richard Osman
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1473667273
Publisher: Coronet Books
Richard Osman's House of Games: 101 new & classic games from the hit BBC series

Do you know how many post boxes there are in the UK? Could you guess how many times the word 'goat' appear in the King James Version of the bible? Fancy playing a game of charades where all of the books, films and plays are entirely made up?

Now, look around the room. Is anyone there the kind of person who’ll say ‘I just don’t understand this’, when faced with something that’s not just perfectly easy to understand, but is...well, fun?

Ask them to leave.

Have they gone? Good.

Now welcome inside the House of Games...

Featuring questions based on some of the most loved rounds from the hit BBC2 show, including Roonerspisims, Venn Will I Be Famous?, Dim Sums and Answer Smash, Richard Osman’s House of Games Quiz Book is the ultimate test of wit, wisdom and imagination.

Curated by Richard Osman and Alan Connor and featuring over 50 new and exclusive games to try out, this is your chance to step inside the House of Games and pitch your trivia skills against your family and friends.

Quirky, unique and exactly the right amount of silly, House of Games contains hours of guaranteed fun!

NB: Co-authored with Alan Connor.

Author: Richard Osman
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1785944635
Publisher: BBC Books

Thursday Murder Club

The Thursday Murder Club

Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves

A female cop with her first big case

A brutal murder

Welcome to...


In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club.

When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it's too late?

Author: Richard Osman
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1984880987
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
The Man Who Died Twice

Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim—the Thursday Murder Club—are still riding high off their recent real-life murder case and are looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet at Cooper’s Chase, their posh retirement village.

But they are out of luck.

An unexpected visitor—an old pal of Elizabeth’s (or perhaps more than just a pal?)—arrives, desperate for her help. He has been accused of stealing diamonds worth millions from the wrong men and he’s seriously on the lam.

Then, as night follows day, the first body is found. But not the last. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim are up against a ruthless murderer who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can our four friends catch the killer before the killer catches them? And if they find the diamonds, too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus? You should never put anything beyond the Thursday Murder Club.

Author: Richard Osman
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0241988244
Publisher: Penguin
The Bullet That Missed

It is an ordinary Thursday, and things should finally be returning to normal.

Except trouble is never far away where the Thursday Murder Club are concerned. A decade-old cold case—their favorite kind--leads them to a local news legend and a murder with no body and no answers.

Then a new foe pays Elizabeth a visit. Her mission? Kill or be killed. Suddenly the cold case has become red hot.

While Elizabeth wrestles with her conscience (and a gun), Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim chase down the clues with help from old friends and new. But can the gang solve the mystery and save Elizabeth before the murderer strikes again?

Author: Richard Osman
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-0593632666
Publisher: Random House Large Print