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Posted on 9 Sep 2009 21:31:18 BDT
Paul Smith says:
who on earth is tom baker - classic stuff hilarious

Posted on 9 Sep 2009 21:31:22 BDT
Paul Smith says:
who on earth is tom baker - classic stuff hilarious

Posted on 10 Sep 2009 09:55:54 BDT
Fi says:
the tent the bucket and me - I haven't laughed so much in ages.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2009 18:32:51 BDT
J. Baxter says:
I have enjoyed Bill Bryson - but wasn't as keen on a Walk in the Woods. I would start with Neither Here nor There. It is about his travels round Europe - and I found I got very strange looks on the train as I laughed out loud!! His description of crossing a plank bridge after a night out is hilarious. Also his description of Italian parking.... Lots more too - but read it and see!!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2009 19:54:48 BDT
The Feng Shui Junkie Brian Gallagher. I could feel people staring at me on my flight from Sydney to Manchester as I was laughing quite a lot, with tears (of laughter) at times. Very pleasant way to pass a long haul flight.I

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Sep 2009 06:21:44 BDT
M. Weston says:
The Tent The Bucket and Me, by Emma Kennedy is absolutely hilarious, it is about her holidays when she was v small up to about 11 yrs old, it is genius and i nearly wet myself it is sooooo funny, my sis then borrowed and did the same thing, i highly recommend it..Google Emma if you dont know who she is..

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2009 08:34:52 BDT
round ireland with a fridge - simply brilliant

Posted on 17 Sep 2009 08:59:10 BDT
Mr. Ian Wood says:
I know its quite old but the "choir boys" is a laugh out loud book.

Posted on 17 Sep 2009 17:38:36 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Sep 2009 17:39:20 BDT
Nick says:
Catch-22 when the soldier in white returns and the whole ward descends into chaos got me some very puzzled looks on a coach in Spain.
I'd agree with others about A Confederacy of Dunces, anyone who disagrees is a damn communiss.
I would highly recommend anything by James Thurber, particularly Is Sex Necessary and Let Your Mind Alone, if you haven't read any of his before. In a similar vein, and from the same time and place, S.J. Perelman and Robert Benchley are both brilliant.
Also, though difficult to get hold of cheaply, 'How to Run a Bassoon Factory' by Mark Spade (Nigel Balchin) is hilarious.
Finally, and not a novel, The Framley Examiner will keep you laughing for ages...

Posted on 17 Sep 2009 18:50:35 BDT
A. Price says:
A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon. The only book that has made me laugh out loud- to the horror of my teenage children!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2009 00:41:51 BDT
Ellie says:
Try Janet Evanovich's 'Stephanie Plum' stories (they all have numbers, 'One for the money' etc) about an accident prone, incompetent but lucky lady bounty hunter with a pet hamster and a difficult love life. I once made a real fool of myself on a train from London to Durham when I was reduced to unstoppable tears of laughter whilst reading 'Hot Six'.

Posted on 22 Sep 2009 09:02:37 BDT
F. Moran says:
may I say Sid Waddell the Road Back Home. More than a few laughs in this book. OR is it because I lived in the next village and I can recollect thoings.
Frank Moran

Posted on 24 Sep 2009 15:57:46 BDT
Alice Flower says:
Danny Wallace - Yes Man and Join me. Both made me laugh out loud!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2009 20:50:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Oct 2009 23:29:36 BDT
Bookworm says:
Hi Gemma - I don't know if you've had any other Bill Bryson suggestions, but I would start with Notes from a Small Island. This is Bill's very affectionate appraisal of Britain and the quirks and customs of the peoples of Britain. Then I would go on to Neither here nor There, which does the same with the countries of Europe. One part of this book had me laughing so hard I couldn't catch breath. Really frightened myself for a bit!! Down Under, tells you all you need to know about where this book takes Bill, and its every bit as funny as the others. There are two books about his home country,USA. and there is a tiny charity book called The African Diary, I think, which is also hilarious, but with a serious message. His autobiography, Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid has a section in it where, as a little boy, he disturbs his parents..... ahem..... "in their bedroom". I woke up giggling in the middle of the night over that recollection and woke my husband up with the bed shaking from me laughing. He really is a tonic and his books helped me no end when my family went through a spate of bereavements a few years back. I was fortunate enough to meet him last year, and made a point of telling him how much his books, and being made to laugh out loud for the first time in months, helped me at that time. He's brilliant. Have fun!

Posted on 25 Sep 2009 15:50:08 BDT
Dee says:
Dawn French's autobiography 'Dear Fatty' had me giggling away to myself on the train. Also shed a few tears at the few sad bits. Very highly recommended.

Posted on 26 Sep 2009 10:33:38 BDT
Mat G says:
I'm about halfway through reading Justin lee collins book 'Good times' , very funny and what a lovely genuine bloke! I recommend it!

Posted on 29 Sep 2009 22:49:09 BDT
The D-Day Dodger

This WW2 book is a good laugh in parts. It's also dramatic and sad in others, but if you want to hear some good old British humour in adversity then this is it.

Posted on 1 Oct 2009 23:13:50 BDT
SJ says:
This is a great discussion, its helping me choose new books to read, also I agree with person who has read The Moons a Balloon it is a great book.

Posted on 2 Oct 2009 09:46:44 BDT
Millyc says:
Try Narrow Margins by Marie Browne.
I honestly haven't laughed so much in years, it's about one family who lose everything in the Rover car debacle and decide to buy an old boat to live on. aiming for an 'alternative and better' lifestyle and quite frankly the dream doesn't really equate with the reality. As one reviewer put it: What should be a rather depressing story about Rover going bust and losing everything they turns out to be a hilarious, event filled and ultimately triumphant tale of misadventure and mucking about in boats. Marie Browne tells the whole tale with such vim and vigour that you never get chance to dwell on how horrible it must have been to go through, you are too busy laughing.

Posted on 2 Oct 2009 16:22:33 BDT
JMM says:
Clive James - Unreliable Memoirs is one of the funniest books I've ever read. David Niven's The Moons a Balloon is brilliant too.

Posted on 3 Oct 2009 12:24:53 BDT
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.

Posted on 5 Oct 2009 03:30:05 BDT
I can't believe no one has mentioned Dave Barry yet. So here are four that you might not want to read in public unless you are prepared to receive a lot of stares and shakings of heads. Commitment papers could also be in the offing.

"Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States"
"Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far)"
"Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up"
"The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog"
(keep a big box of tissues handy, this one will make you cry while you're laughing and vice-versa)

Posted on 5 Oct 2009 09:34:46 BDT
D. Mcaulay says:
Alan Carr .Look Who It Is . could not put this book down read it in 2 days ,so funny and true ,well worth reading

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2009 17:25:25 BDT
Although it has an image of a dark book with a serious message, there were frequent times when reading A Clockwork Orange by Antony Burgess when I was in hysterics and other times when I had to stop my self from laughing just to get on with reading it. At times it'sis one of the funniest, laugh-out loud books you can read. The language is genius.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2009 18:26:44 BDT
asponge says:
david nivens autobiographies. the moons a balloon and bring on the empty horses. both very funny and entertaining.
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