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Posted on 11 Aug 2009 10:20:41 BDT
Reading Paul Smith's 'Wasted?' autobiog at the moment. There's a passage in which he writes about playing for Warwickshire against Middlesex and his team mate, West Indian fast bowler Tony Merrick bowling a particularly hostile spell whilst Phil Tufnell was at the crease. Tufnell somehow manages to scramble a single to get off of strike. His batting partner then tries to call him through for another single and comes scurrying down the wicket, only to be halted by a stationary, steadfast Tufnell yelling back at him; 'you must be f***ing joking if you think I'm going back down that end!'

Posted on 11 Aug 2009 00:11:19 BDT
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EVER, DIRK - letters of Sir Dirk Bogarde - funny & heartbreaking, sometimes in the same page....

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2009 17:45:12 BDT
Folklover says:
Totally agree, he has a certain way with words........its possibly his two English degrees

Posted on 9 Aug 2009 13:44:24 BDT
LL says:
Griff Rhys Jones - Semi-detached made me laugh out loud. Very witty, as you would expect, but also very honest - give it a go!

Posted on 8 Aug 2009 20:30:23 BDT
The funniest book I think I have ever read is Gary Paulsen's "Winterdance". It is the story of his training and running a team of dogs in the Alaskan Iditarod. The first time I read it was an extract in the Reader's Digest some years ago, but I just had to track it down and own it myself. The Iditarod may not seem to be an ideal subject of humour but in Gary Paulsen's book, it is described in the most hilarious manner. I would heartily recommend it.

Posted on 8 Aug 2009 18:10:45 BDT
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S. Green says:
Round Ireland with a fridge by Tony Hawkes. I actually had to stop myself reading it around other people as it got embarrassing. It is hilarious.

Posted on 7 Aug 2009 22:33:32 BDT
Charlie Brooker's Screen Burn - literally just a collection of his columns but they are just the funniest things I have ever read!

Posted on 7 Aug 2009 22:15:25 BDT
Fiction Fan says:
Try "The Golden Pig" by the Penny Brothers - a crazy story with some likeable characters and just very very funny.

Posted on 7 Aug 2009 11:51:19 BDT
Billcam says:
I can't believe that Peter Kay's autobiography hasn't been mentioned. I cried with laughter throughout and was told off by my wife on several occasions for laughing out loud in bed or when she was watching something serious on TV.

The McAuslan books by George McDonald Fraser (he of Flashman fame) , fiction heavily based on fact, were hilarious when recounting post war army life. The flashman novels themselves are also very funny and extremely well written.

Posted on 6 Aug 2009 17:39:39 BDT
I really enjoyed Charlie Owen's BRAVO JUBILEE. I recieved so many strange looks when trying to hold my laughter on the train to work. It's brilliant!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2009 17:31:09 BDT
Weekend in Paris by Robyn Sisman

Posted on 5 Aug 2009 19:40:24 BDT
N. Cawsey says:
'Unreliable Memoirs' Clive James. Brilliant!! Wore my paperback out and had to buy hardback. Still laugh out loud (and have read it n times!!)

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.

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 17:35:30 BDT
M Sockel says:
Frank Skinners autobiography is very funny.

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

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 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 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 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

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 4 Aug 2009 18:30:42 BDT
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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 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!
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