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paintedfences Thu 30-Jul-15 20:39:08

Properly hilarious witty ones that have made you laugh out loud

1) that aren't P.G. Wodehouse (got lots of him <3)
2) or Terry Pratchett (--I aten't dead-- have lots of him too).

I am miserable and need to get out of my own head a bit.

JohnCusacksWife Thu 30-Jul-15 20:41:45

Tom Sharpe? Very black but very funny.

crumpeteer Thu 30-Jul-15 20:42:56

The mortdecai book? Don't know how written it.

AnyoneforTurps Thu 30-Jul-15 20:43:15

Cold Comfort Farm
My Family & Other Animals

crumpeteer Thu 30-Jul-15 20:44:04

-who has I meant of course

paintedfences Thu 30-Jul-15 20:45:08

JohnCusacksWife Oh man I forgot about Tom Sharpe! I remember the exploding ostriches in one of his books just cracked me up.

AnyoneforTurps Thu 30-Jul-15 20:46:10

Oh and Three Men & A Boat and its sequel, Three Men on the Bummel (not what it sounds…)

The Pursuit of Love

RuggerHug Thu 30-Jul-15 20:47:03

Dead Organised - Audrey Corr. HOWLED laughing at this years ago and still go back when I need a giggle grin

RubbishRobotFromTheDawnOfTime Thu 30-Jul-15 20:47:13

I thought of Tom Sharpe straight away, so I second that recommendation. Can't think of any others but if I do I'll let you know!

ImperialBlether Thu 30-Jul-15 20:48:25

Try Fiona Jane Collins - very funny novels. She's a Mumsnetter, too!

TSSDNCOP Thu 30-Jul-15 20:50:14

Notes from a small island by Bill Bryson

BrokeAndBad Thu 30-Jul-15 20:50:49

Anything by Ben Elton - funny and thought provoking too smile

Zillie77 Thu 30-Jul-15 20:52:24

The Internet Is A Playground, by David Thorne.

Also, anything by David Sedaris!

GoooRooo Thu 30-Jul-15 20:53:46

e by Matt Beaumont

BoyFromTheBigBadCity Thu 30-Jul-15 20:53:55

Lake woebegone days, garrison kill or (sp?)

The rosie project, gray

I second bill bryson but his earlier stuff.

SaucyJack Thu 30-Jul-15 20:53:57

I like Marian Keyes for when I need to comfort read.

Zillie77 Thu 30-Jul-15 20:54:21

I am nearly 50 and I still love the Tintin series by Herge, wonderful drawings, very diverting.

AnneSansTete Thu 30-Jul-15 20:54:29

I found the dialogue in 'love, etc' by Julian Barnes very funny. Also more recently read 'We are all completely beside ourselves' which was very funny and moving at the same time.

Ooh, and the new Louis de Bernieres book 'Dust that falls from dreams' is Wodehouse esque. Although sad and shocking too.

Dismalfuckers Thu 30-Jul-15 20:56:24

The Trials of Tiffany Trott

paintedfences Thu 30-Jul-15 20:59:43

Ooh definitely not a Ben Elton fan I'm afraid. Really don't think he's funny at all! Bill Bryson's good but have read a lot of his stuff and looking for fiction really - sorry, should have specified.

Marian Keyes is good but have read most of hers - sorry, I'm being awkward now. grin

Shoppingwithmother Thu 30-Jul-15 21:00:31

Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh

ThreeQuartersEmpty Thu 30-Jul-15 21:00:36

I immediately thought of The Throwback by Tom Sharpe. Proper laugh out loud funny. Must read it again actually, loads of my books got lost in house move, so will have to get it on iBooks.
Looking forward to other suggestions too.

Ilovetorrentialrain Thu 30-Jul-15 21:01:15

Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction by Sue Townsend. For a real treat read all of the A. Mole books in order. Absolutely medicinal in how fantastic they are. Laugh out long funny.

AlpacaPicnic Thu 30-Jul-15 21:02:30

The 100 year old man that jumped out of a window and disappeared. It did the rounds of our staff room and everyone laughed out loud...

PuntasticUsername Thu 30-Jul-15 21:03:02

Anything by Tom Holt. Quite Pratchettian and very good.

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