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I need A decent read....but light-hearted? Dare I say funny?

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Back2Two Sat 17-Jan-15 15:11:00

Please.
Read loads of great books recently but I want one that is going to lighten my heart rather than weigh me down emotionally.
No chick lit or the like though please!

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Bolshybookworm Sat 17-Jan-15 15:12:58

Have you read Tina Feys autobiography? That made me laugh a lot- love her.

lemisscared Sat 17-Jan-15 15:14:49

agatha raisin and the quiche if death. very funny and not too chic litty

scarlettsmummy2 Sat 17-Jan-15 15:19:10

Depending on your sense of humour, the Ross O'Carroll Kelly series of books are fab! There are about 15 of them charting Ross's life over the last 15 years or so in south Dublin. Very Irish humour and hilarious if you are familiar with the private school, rugby playing, parochial stereotypes!

Back2Two Sat 17-Jan-15 15:24:28

Ooo, some great suggestions thanks. smile

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BearPear Sat 17-Jan-15 15:31:28

I too have read Tina Fey, it was very good. Dawn French's "Dear Fatty is a great read too

MehsMum Sat 17-Jan-15 15:31:53

Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader.
HM The Queen takes up novel reading. It's hilarious, well-written, short and worth reading more than once.

wonkylegs Sat 17-Jan-15 15:34:19

A small but joyful read is The uncommon reader by Alan Bennett
It's very short but truly lovely

3BloodyKids Sat 17-Jan-15 15:37:37

David Sedaris, warm, clever and very very funny. I devoured his books in a binge.

Back2Two Sat 17-Jan-15 15:42:10

I love David Sedaris's books (heard him on the radio and didn't find him as easy to listen to as I'd hoped)

Will check out the Alan Bennett one.

Not usually one to read auto/biographies but might have a look!

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Andante57 Sat 17-Jan-15 15:42:20

I disliked The Uncommon Reader intensely.
However, I enjoyed My Little Armalite by James Hawes - I think it's very funny.

AugustaGloop Sat 17-Jan-15 15:47:48

Love, nina by Nina stibbe. I loved it.

CheeseEMouse Sat 17-Jan-15 15:50:29

I was going to suggest the uncommon reader. One of the few books I have ever laughed properly at

lk26 Sat 17-Jan-15 15:54:28

The short history of tractors in the Ukrainian. Forgot author sorry.
I laughed all the way through.

bakingaddict Sat 17-Jan-15 15:59:39

Christopher Brookmyre books or Carl Hiassen. Both similar genre in that they are crime based but very funny, Hiassen is American so most are set in Florida

StrikesMatches Sat 17-Jan-15 16:07:16

Anything by Jon Ronson and I heartily agree about David Sedaris. I'm only a bit through it, but the "100 Year old Man who climbed out of the window and disappeared" is good.

DuchessofMalfi Sat 17-Jan-15 17:34:06

Completely agree about David Sedaris. Have read four of his books now and loved all of them. I think my favourite would be Me Talk Pretty One Day.

Alan Bennett - very funny. You might also like another of his, Smut. Dark, funny and quite mischievous.

Bill Bryson perhaps? His humour appeals to me. Maybe try A Walk in the Woods about his attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail.

DuchessofMalfi Sat 17-Jan-15 17:37:03

Also forgot to mention Janet Evanovich - One for the Money is the first in her light hearted and often very funny crime series about Stephanie Plum who is a Bounty Hunter tacking down criminals in New Jersey.

HelloItsStillMeFell Sat 17-Jan-15 17:41:06

David Sedaris is GOD. His books are an absolute joy. I loved The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett and I've just finished Man at the helm by Nina Stibbe which was wonderful. Although it made me sad at times, it was hilarious. Bittersweet would be the word for it I think.

HelloItsStillMeFell Sat 17-Jan-15 17:41:38

The Rosie Project fits your brief too.

imjustahead Sat 17-Jan-15 17:45:56

marking thread

tomandizzymum Sat 17-Jan-15 17:46:25

I'm seconding the short history of tractors in the ukrain, it's brilliant. Made me laugh out loud the title says it all. Don't worry it has nothing to do with tractors :-D

OftheTwilighttheDarkness Sat 17-Jan-15 17:47:31

'Nice Work' by David Lodge

Ohmygrood Sat 17-Jan-15 17:48:11

Second the Rosie Project.

Ohmygrood Sat 17-Jan-15 17:50:07

Flowers for algernon is bittersweet.

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