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Breakfast Of Champions (Vintage Classics)
Breakfast Of Champions (Vintage Classics)
"Funny, crazy, frivolous, serious and very easy to read. Deals with the meaning of everything. Simply, my favourite book. Do yourself a favour and buy it now. (Slaughterhouse 5 is also very good)."
The Eliza Stories (Prion Humour Classics)
The Eliza Stories (Prion Humour Classics)
"If you’ve read the unutterably *pants* ‘Diary of a Nobody’, move on. The Eliza books will restore your faith in the Victorians’ ability to be very funny. I laughed out loud. (i.e., at this book)."
The Man in the High Castle (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Man in the High Castle (Penguin Modern Classics)
"PKD’s finest hour. Yes, this is a sci-fi thriller (in an alternate world, the Nazis won and now rule America) but it deals with shopping, the I Ching and push-up bras. Astonishing."
The Thirty-Nine Steps (Penguin Popular Classics)
The Thirty-Nine Steps (Penguin Popular Classics)
"I don’t normally read thrillers but this rocks. It’s also very short (and cheap). Buy it, make some beverage, curl up and have yourself a gripping, thrilling Sunday."
The Secret History
The Secret History
"Another cracking thriller. Flawed (hey – it was a first novel!) but still dark and unputdownable."
The Jeeves Omnibus - Vol 1: (Jeeves & Wooster): No.1
The Jeeves Omnibus - Vol 1: (Jeeves & Wooster): No.1
"Yes, Wodehouse is old-fashioned but he is also hilarious (Douglas Adams was a big fan). His metaphors and turns of phrase are often brilliant."
Where I'm Calling From: Selected Stories
Where I'm Calling From: Selected Stories
"Cool, crisp stories (usually of love) told by an expert teller. The best 2 stories are ‘So Much Water So Close to Home’ and ‘Cathedral’. Then you should read all the rest too."
Kid
Kid
"Poetry with a Rock’n’Roll swagger. Technically accomplished but with broken beats, puns and blurred rhymes. Often funny and sometimes very serious."
Blazing Fruit: Selected Poems 1967-1987
Blazing Fruit: Selected Poems 1967-1987
"More up-tempo fun poetry, this time from the 1960s."
Selected Poems
Selected Poems
"Auden was a great poet. Full stop. Sometimes incomprehensible, always in control, but mostly either funny or moving. Read him."
Philip Larkin Collected Poems
Philip Larkin Collected Poems
"Another very readable poet with top-notch technical mastery. Some great turns of phrase. Deals with the biggest themes of human existence."
The Wasp Factory
The Wasp Factory
"Trashy but (embarrassingly) also very good. Iain Banks’ first novel and still his best. Gripping, dark, shocking, disturbing and sometimes a little funny."
On Broadway: More Than Somewhat;Furthermore;take IT Easy (Penguin Modern Classics)
On Broadway: More Than Somewhat;Furthermore;take IT Easy (Penguin Modern Classics)
"A style entirely his own, and still as funny as a punny bunny with some honey."
Reinforced Concrete Designer's Handbook, Tenth Edition
Reinforced Concrete Designer's Handbook, Tenth Edition
"If you have an interest in reinforced concrete, you won't want to be without the Reinforced Concrete Designer's Handbook."