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Posted on 27 Jul 2009 18:30:30 BDT
KH says:
Round Ireland with a fridge, by Tony Hawks - a bit old now but fits the bill. Also A piano in the Pyrenees, by the same author.

Posted on 28 Jul 2009 02:38:43 BDT
myfanwy says:
The Van, in fact any of the Barrytown books by Roddy Doyle and of course PG Wodehouse

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2009 11:38:56 BDT
I have just read descriptions (on Amazon) of David Icke's books, and some of the reviews. I have to admit I have not laughed out loud that much for ages, and I didn't even need to buy the books!

Posted on 29 Jul 2009 17:01:00 BDT
Andy says:
Milligan's 'Puckoon' made me dissolve with laughter as a teenager, but I'm not sure it's aged well (or maybe I haven't!)
I agree with the earlier poster who mentioned Clive James' 'Unreliable Memoirs' - I still get tears in my eyes just remembering some of the passages, such as 'the dunny man'...
Last year I read a few Jasper Fforde books on holiday and disturbed my wife and daughters by snorting with laughter - all of the 'Thursday Next' and 'Nursery Crime' series are highly chuckleworthy.
And it's TV material really, but the scripts from 'Blackadder', 'Father Ted', or any Peter Cook material, will always raise a giggle.

Posted on 30 Jul 2009 19:00:22 BDT
S. Watt says:
Unreliable Memoirs by Clive James - Very Funny :)

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jul 2009 21:01:47 BDT
Dear Customer Services by Terry Ravenscroft - absolutely brilliant collection of letters written to manufacturers complaining about their products. I lent this book to a colleague at work and he keeps reading aloud snippets to those working around him.

Posted on 31 Jul 2009 11:23:53 BDT
I Readalot says:
Try David Lodge, particularly Changing Places, Small World and Nice Work, which form a trilogy and Deaf Sentence.

Posted on 31 Jul 2009 12:55:42 BDT
'Merde actually' is definitely a laugh out loud book, and is very much in the vain of Bryson.

I can't recall the authors name but if you just search by the title them i'm sure you'll find it.

Posted on 31 Jul 2009 18:19:55 BDT
Theo says:
Dandy In The Underworld by Sebastian Horsley but it's not for the faint hearted. The Jeeves books and Tom Sharpe's books. And, just out, Night of the Living Dad by Sam Delaney - very funny.

Posted on 1 Aug 2009 08:08:52 BDT
I think a good test of whether or not a book is 'laugh out loud' funny is to read a few passages immediately prior to agreed (rather than spontaneous) sex. As your partner prepares for the event, spend 10 minutes reading. When the time for passion arrives, silently recall what you've read. If you burst out laughing and can't stop, you've found a real gem (book not partner) and consult a good divorce lawyer.
If you've just read a chapter from '1066 and All That' by Sellar and Yeatman don't even consider sex. Find an excuse and go and sleep in the spare room.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2009 14:24:06 BDT
Sharon-E says:
Cut To The Chase - very funny and fast paced thriller. Re-released with its sequel as the 'Max Jones Novels'. Max's observations often made me laugh out loud - look out for his take on beards early in the book.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2009 14:32:26 BDT
Frik Larssen says:
Of Vicars and Tarts by Sonja Bigg. Laughed so much my wife told me to get out of bed and go and read in the other room!

Posted on 3 Aug 2009 15:51:33 BDT
Marley and Me by John Grogan made me laugh out loud several times especially as I also have a crazy labrador I once tied to the leg of a cafe table and he took off dragging the table with him, just like Marley in the book. Bill Bryson cannot help being funny - I have just read Down Under which had me guffawing a lot especially the descriptions of all the animals that can kill you and descriptions of the slow deaths he imagined himself suffering if bitten by one!

Posted on 3 Aug 2009 19:22:51 BDT
C. Madden says:
Agree with myfanwy, most of Roddy Doyle things are funny (he has written some serious stuff too). Any of Joseph O'Connor's non fiction stuff is good especially The Secret World of the Irish Male series; (the scene where he describes his reporting of the world cup in America is the funniest thing ever written). Brendan O'Caroll's The Mammy trilogy also very funny, all made into films, plays etcbut as always the original books are the best!

Posted on 4 Aug 2009 18:30:42 BDT
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Posted on 4 Aug 2009 23:27:53 BDT
Lazy Kipper says:
McCarthy's Bar (Tom McCarthy - a trip around Ireland, in which he never passes a bar with his name on it - and there are few!). There is a section about a weekend at St Patrick's Purgatory (google it) where he describes the priests comparing shoes, that had me peeing myself.

Also, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - Good Omens.

Posted on 5 Aug 2009 01:15:09 BDT
Gabs says:
Oh yes Bill Bryson books are snort coffee out your nose funny, except for his science one, A Short History Of The World I think it's called, I found that a little boring. But for a real laugh is David Sedaris, he is hilarious. He writes what we all think but would never dare admit. You don't need order, just jump into any of his books. These should get you started!!!
Me Talk Pretty Some Day
When You Are Engulfed In Flames
Dress Your Family in Cordroy and Denim

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Aug 2009 06:05:41 BDT
Christopher Moore: Lamb the world according to Biff: Dont read if your sensative about your religion. That funny I read in one sitting

Posted on 5 Aug 2009 12:11:20 BDT
Vautrin says:
A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole; Money, Martin Amis; At Swim Two Birds & The Third Policeman, Flann O'Brien; Almost any P. G. Wodehouse; Truth, Terry Pratchett and all G. Archer, Dan Brown, Harlan Coben and Clive Cussler (unintintionally).

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Aug 2009 14:53:41 BDT
Bug DeLug says:
Filth by Irvine Welsh is hilarious in parts- though a little disgusting :) Also, Iceberg Slim has made me laugh out loud on occasion.

Posted on 5 Aug 2009 17:01:12 BDT
A. Linney says:
Anna Linney says,
Any David Sadaris book, he is a really funny guy, laugh out loud stuff.

Posted on 5 Aug 2009 17:24:46 BDT
Pete McCarthy "The road to McCarthy" and "McCarthy's Bar". Both very funny and similar to Bryson

Posted on 5 Aug 2009 17:35:30 BDT
M Sockel says:
Frank Skinners autobiography is very funny.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Aug 2009 19:01:29 BDT
there are 3 books which have really made me laugh out loud - Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Porterhouse Blue, and Don't Ask (Donald Westlake). there are obviously many more but these are the 3 that spring to mind immediately.

Posted on 5 Aug 2009 19:34:14 BDT
B. Walker says:
Foley Is Good: And the Real World Is Faker Than Wrestling by Mick Foley...continues to make me laugh each time I read it.
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