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Books that are funny but not romcoms or love stories

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carrots555 Tue 29-Oct-19 20:39:45

Hi All,
I've a flight tomorrow and would like to pop some books on my Kindle for the flight.
I'd like something to cheer me up so seeking some titles of funny books but would prefer to avoid anything which is romcom etc based.
Thank you

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AuntieDolly Tue 29-Oct-19 20:42:33

I enjoyed Lynne Truss 'cat out of hell'.

1066vegan Tue 29-Oct-19 20:50:20

Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Bill Bryson, Chris Brookmyre, Jasper Fforde, David Nicholls, John O'Farrell

gracepoolesrum Tue 29-Oct-19 20:53:24

What a Carve Up!

LadyMonicaBaddingham Tue 29-Oct-19 20:55:00

David Sedaris. Any and all.

DoctorTwo Tue 29-Oct-19 22:10:30

Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy and the sequels by Douglas Adams (except the 6th which was Eoin Colfer) Or even Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency, which is an utter flight of whimsy.

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. Indeed, any of his books.

WisestIsShe Tue 29-Oct-19 22:12:30

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman is very funny.

NonUrinatInVentum Tue 29-Oct-19 22:12:34

Anything written by Bill Bryson! Guaranteed to make you snort with laughter.

eddiemairswife Tue 29-Oct-19 22:15:46

Three Men in a Boat, Diary of a Nobody. Both very old and both very funny.

RubaiyatOfAnyone Tue 29-Oct-19 22:21:39

Pratchett (esp the witches or guards books), John Mortimer’s “Rumpole” (esp the short stories), Jasper Fforde’s “Thursday Next” novels, Steven Brust’s “Taltos” books (very fantasy in case that’s not your thing), Delafield “Diary of a country lady”.

DownUdderer Tue 29-Oct-19 22:33:38

Janet evanovich one for the money. There’s a whole series that I enjoy reading.

bionicnemonic Tue 29-Oct-19 22:33:42

The Tent, The Bucket and Me
Emma Kennedy
Hysterically funny!

TildaKauskumholm Tue 29-Oct-19 22:34:58

Bill Bryson.

KindOranges Tue 29-Oct-19 22:35:07

Molly Keane’s Good Behaviour. Very black comedy.

VanyaHargreeves Tue 29-Oct-19 22:36:53

Julian Corkle Is A Filthy Liar

SleepWarrior Tue 29-Oct-19 22:37:03

Also Bill Bryson from me, but specifically Notes From a Small Island. Not too long and just a nice amusing enjoyable read.

TemporaryPermanent Tue 29-Oct-19 22:37:23

Definitely David Sedaris.
French Revolutions by Tim Moore (quite old now in fact but whatevs)

My personal favourites in comic reading were always Clive James' TV criticism column collections. So, so funny. But I'm 50 so I remember quite a few of the programmes he discusses, or at least some of the general look of TV then, it's changed a lot. But if you're the same age you might enjoy them.
Visions Before Midnight
The Crystal Bucket
Glued to the Box

There's also Flying Visits, his collection of travel writing. I love his authorial voice, always have, and still laugh out loud despite knowing most of what he writes almost by heart.

NomNomNominativeDeterminism Tue 29-Oct-19 22:38:33

PG Wodehouse! Anything at all. Jeeves, Mr Mulliner, whatever. As long as it says PG Wodehouse on the cover you are sorted and the only issue is laughing out loud in front of fellow travellers.

BitOfFun Tue 29-Oct-19 22:43:11

I loved reading David Emery's Full Metal Cardigan- it's the story of his career as a social worker, and it's very funny and wise.

Also, if you are into poetry and literature, Diary Of A Somebody, by Brian Bilston is great fun.

Tim Dowling's The Giles Waring Haters' Club is hilarious.

pallisers Tue 29-Oct-19 22:56:12

The Mapp and Lucia novels
The Bear Went Over the Mountain
Evolution Man (or How I Ate My Father)
Augustus Carp Esq by Himself

Also agree very much with Bill Bryson, David Sedaris, Wodehouse

I find a lot of Anthony Trollope very funny as well as being thumping good yarns.

Whatjusthappenedthere Tue 29-Oct-19 23:07:37

This is going to hurt . Written by an ex doctor turned comedian. Sorry, name has gone but google will find it.

thatonesmine Tue 29-Oct-19 23:33:25

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh.

FlatheadScrewdriver Tue 29-Oct-19 23:41:14

Joining the crowd of Bryson recommenders, my choice would be A Walk in the Woods. Jasper Fforde, either the nursery crimes or Thursday next series. Alan Bennett, pretty much everything.

VirginWoolf Tue 29-Oct-19 23:58:46

Carter Beats the Devil

minipie Tue 29-Oct-19 23:59:15

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
Round Ireland with a Fridge
James Herriot series

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