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FriedSprout Fri 17-May-13 18:46:51

Wonder if anyone could recommend their favourite funny books?

We are going through a tough time at the moment, and I can't remember when I last indulged in a good side-splitting roar.

If it helps I found Tom Sharpe's Wilt funny, Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams too.

Want to do lots of these grin


MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Sat 18-May-13 18:19:17

Yes to Bill Bryson, especially Notes From A Small Island, makes me giggle every time I read it. (And he says something very nice about the place I live in smile)

The other book which makes me laugh is Down to Earth: The Year of the Cornflake by Faith Addis. There was a tv series years ago, but this is better. Faith and her husband set up a sort of holiday boarding house for children in the summer of 1976, the year of the great drought. Very funny in places, but also interesting, they'd never be able to do it now, far too many restrictions, although the place they ran was clearly fantastic.

I like Crime Fiction and find JD Robb's Death in Series very funny at times. The main protagonist Lt Eve dallas is very sarcastic and that just appeals to me. The books are written to a formula eg on page x, y happens but that aside they are good.

Raaraathenoisybaby Sat 18-May-13 18:24:22

Sue Townsend - The Queen and I. It's honestly hilarious. I buy a copy and lend it out, then but another get the idea grin

KittenofDoom Sat 18-May-13 19:06:20

Keith Waterhouse, Billy Liar (there's a sequel too, but the first one is the one!)
He wrote some very funny novels, but I suspect they may be out of print now. Office Life. The Bucket Shop. Soho. Sweet Charity. Oh, and one that consists of a long letter from a man to his mistress which is hilarious and devastating at the same time.

SarahAndFuck Sun 19-May-13 05:04:42

I remember laughing a lot at Danny Wallace's Join Me and Yes Man.

And Bill Bryson's Down Under is very funny too.

ZacharyQuack Sun 19-May-13 07:24:06

David Thorne is hilarious. He has a couple of books "The Internet is a Playground" and "I'll go home then, it's warm and has chairs". Mostly based on columns from his website 27bslash6

Startail Sun 19-May-13 07:36:55

Spike Milligan's war diaries will make you laugh, think and the later ones will make you cry.

KurriKurri Sun 19-May-13 16:46:47

Yes to Bill Bryson, David Sedaris (although I find him slightly hit and miss, when he's funny he's very funny).

Diary of a Nobody
Three Men in Boat
Clive James autobiogs and books of criticism

I also like David Lodge, Michale Frayn, and early Kingsley Amis.

marissab Sun 19-May-13 19:52:51

Ok so i've got a very unique suggestion to add. Did you like red dwarf on tv? If so, the books are hilarious. Better than life is supremely funny.

FriedSprout Mon 20-May-13 00:38:12

Wow - so many new books to hopefully fall in love with.

Have even realised I already have a couple of the books suggested, but have not read yet. Down to Earth and Diary of a Nobody for example. I just need to unearth them now.

Thanks, primmadonnagirl, will visit Waterstones, using public transport and hopefully will be snorting, inappropriately, on the way back.

Yy to The Tent, the Bucket and Me, bought back so many childhood memories of camping incidents, probably best forgotten!

Recommend, Sick Notes - true stories from a GP's surgery which was funny and a bit of an eye opener re the NHS at the same time. Wish he was my GP grin

So many brilliant suggestions, hope everyone on thread is trying each others suggestions out?

Thanks again smile

KittenofDoom Mon 20-May-13 00:42:12

Mention of Diary of a Nobody reminds me of another Keith Waterhouse gem: Mrs Pooter's Diary, which recounts all the events of the original but from the viewpoint of Mrs P. It's brilliant!

IzzieA Mon 20-May-13 09:57:23

Camberwell Beauty by Jenny Éclair.

A seriously black comedy!

DeepRedBetty Mon 20-May-13 09:59:51

Matt Beaumont's E books.

And ancient, but has stood the test of time - EF Benson's Mapp and Lucia novels.

AnonYonimousBird Mon 20-May-13 10:16:19

Both of Chris Evans Memoirs books.

I was skeptical, approached thinking, yeah right, he is going to be an arse.

And he is an arse, much of the time, but the way he just KNOWS he is and the unraveling of his bonkers life just had me and DH howling!!!!

merrymonsters Tue 21-May-13 19:37:46

P.G. Wodehouse is very funny.

EatenByZombies Wed 22-May-13 17:09:44

I think that Lee Evans' biography was pretty damn funny (but then again I lurve him).

Otherwise Karl Pilkington's books are also l-o-l material;

bluesbaby Thu 23-May-13 11:04:36

Another one for Bill Bryson here smile Good shout with Paul Carter, I've yet to read his latest one (bike diesel) but the others were LOL

Sophie Kinsella is pretty good for chick lit (and whimsical plotlines), Fiona Niell's Slummy Mummy books are also brilliant! IIRC Slummy Mummy was also her column in The Times

Terry Ravenscroft is also very funny, in a One Foot in the Grave way...!

I'm having a memory blank, so I'm just looking through my last read books... The Importance of Being Ernest was pretty funny and not too dated

bluesbaby Thu 23-May-13 11:05:26

Recommend I'd Sooner Starve by Mark Sinclair for a quick, light, funny read smile

bluesbaby Thu 23-May-13 11:09:28

Three Men in a Boat and Diary of a Nobody are free on amazon kindle if anyone else is checking out the books

Southeastdweller Sun 26-May-13 10:06:05

The Alan Partridge autobio had me in hysterics, one of the funniest books I've ever read.

SkaterGrrrrl Sun 26-May-13 23:10:05

Lets pretend this never happened by jenny Lawson. Every page made me laugh. A bit like an American Caitlin Moran.

missmarplestmarymead Sat 01-Jun-13 23:26:32

Another one for Diary of a Nobody.

Also The Eliza Stories by Barry Pain,

The Mapp and Lucia books by EF Benson

Yes also to Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson

Louise1956 Tue 04-Jun-13 22:55:18

Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K. jerome
1066 And All That by W.C. sellar and R.J. Yeatman
My Family And Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
molesworth by Geoffrey Wilan and Ronald Searle
my Life And Hard Times by James Thurber
the Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. delafield
cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

joanofarchitrave Tue 04-Jun-13 22:59:11

I don't usually recommend these on here but i wonder if you would like clive james' collections of his tv criticism (e.g. the crystal bucket, visions before midnight).

another vote for tim moore's french revolutions, also i have just read his 'you are awful but i like you' which also made me laugh. the others of his that i have read haven't tickled me so much.

BeyonceCastle Wed 05-Jun-13 00:10:41


Jon Ronson - the psychopath test

Excellent read.

Simon Garfield - the nation's favourite

Piss funny (Dealing with smashy nicey era of radio 1)

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