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Initial post: 15 Jul 2009 20:29:01 BDT
DevonMat73 says:
Any suggestions of books that made you laugh out loud, biography or fiction I don't mind, one that made me laugh out loud was A walk in the woods by Bill Bryson.

Posted on 15 Jul 2009 20:39:34 BDT
All Spike Miliigan's War Memoirs. e.g. Mussolini: His Part In My Downfall.
But all the books are very funny (and sad).

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2009 20:53:01 BDT
DevonMat73 says:
Thanks I'll give that a go!

Posted on 15 Jul 2009 23:56:53 BDT
Greysuit says:
There's a section in Ken Kesey's ' Sailor Song ' where a couple of the characters end up sliding down a mountainside - very similar to the run away carts in the Indiana Jones film - but in print - so much funnier. The whole book is good but I do remember getting some very strange looks from people around me when I read that bit - I really couldn't stop myself.

Posted on 16 Jul 2009 03:08:08 BDT
jasper says:
Things Can Only Get better by John OFarrell, I thought it was hilarious!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2009 09:27:44 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2009 09:59:14 BDT
GI Lane says:
"Look who it is... Alan Carr".......VERY down to earth!!!....made me laugh!....different my opinion worth a read.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2009 10:14:11 BDT
H. Taylor says:
I agree - I remember sitting on a flight home from Sweden and reading Adolf Hitler, my part....... and laughing out loud all the way back to London

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2009 10:14:46 BDT
What's my Motivation? by Michael Simkins and
Fatty Batter by Michael Simkins
Both laugh-out-loud books.

Posted on 16 Jul 2009 10:53:51 BDT
DN PERKS says:
Howard Jacobsens novels are often very funny- especially Coming from Behind and No More Mr Nice Guy. similarly, The Wimbledon Books by Nigel Williams are amusing as are David Lodge and David Nobbs

Posted on 16 Jul 2009 10:58:58 BDT
DT says:
Anything by Alan Coren or Spike Milligna, (Puckoon is particularly funny). Barry Cryer's Autobiog is also very funny, Also Blott On The Landscape by Tom Sharpe.

There are lots more but these spring immediately to mind.

Posted on 16 Jul 2009 11:23:39 BDT
J. Sullivan says:
'three men in a boat, to say nothing of the dog' is a classic of course.

The same goes for 'Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy'. From the wiki:

In The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Arthur Dent tries to get a Nutrimatic drinks dispenser to produce a cup of tea. Instead, it invariably produces a concoction (which most people found unpleasant) that is "almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea".

Bill Bryson is a very prolific writer, have you read the rest of his books? I've enjoyed them all.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2009 17:21:06 BDT
DevonMat73 says:
Yes I have read all Bill Brysons books, but A Walk in the woods is my favourite, the scene when he reads from a book about bears and what to do if you're confronted by one is hilarious, I had tears running down my face!

Posted on 16 Jul 2009 17:25:19 BDT
Try Diary of a Nobody by Grossmith
three Men on a Boat and Three men on a Bummel by Jerome K Jerome
and yes I also endorse bill Bryson who is just so funny you should not read his books in public areas......

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2009 17:38:09 BDT
David Buwe says:
Elaine Simpson-long, you have good taste! However, DT's Blott on the Landscape is a good suggestion. Try I Heard Lenin Laugh by Martin Sixsmith.

Posted on 16 Jul 2009 18:13:11 BDT
Iris Ellis says:
i remember when i was doing my O LEVEL english at school, i read A KESTREL FOR A KNAVE by Barry Hines, it made me laugh and cry.he actually came to our school for a visit, we had to interview him as part of our exam. as you will know it was turned into the very good film,KES.

Posted on 16 Jul 2009 18:26:40 BDT
Collette says:
'true - an autobiography of martin kemp' was really really amusing in places, like the time when spandau ballet were playing a concert mega years ago. martin was stoned and needed the loo. the rest of the band were on stage waiting for him to come back and he got lost and couldn't find the stage. the book is really serious as well ie his brain cancer fight, ec. but a lot of it is laugh out loud funny.

Posted on 16 Jul 2009 19:47:15 BDT
Julie Burchill's memoir 'I Knew I Was Right' - love her or loathe her, this is often hilarious.
Spike Milligan's 'Silly Verse For Kids' - it still cracks me up, and I'm 43!
'I Hate New Music' by Dave Thompon - opinianated, often side-splitting and has inspired me to seek out many CDs I hadn't played in ages. Good book!

Posted on 16 Jul 2009 21:09:35 BDT
Bill Bryson books always make me laugh out loud, and very few ever do that!

A very funny (at times) autobiography which made me laugh was "Things The Grandchildren Should Know" by Mark O Everett, but beware because it it also tragic.

"Never had such a good time in my life before"

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2009 21:14:45 BDT
K. Lamb says:
My suggestion is very close... Notes from a Small Island also by Bill Bryson but I do agree with you, A walk in the woods is fantastic too!

Posted on 16 Jul 2009 21:43:57 BDT
I've never read a Bill Bryson, so as a literary virgin to something so many of you have rated as a good hilarious read ...... where do I start? Which book? At least I won't waste time fumbling in the dark and can plunge straight in.

Posted on 16 Jul 2009 21:53:52 BDT
I recommend "The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid (Travels Through My Childhood)" which does exactly what it says - I'm sure that you'll enjoy it!

As a little background, Bryson's from the US, but has spent many years in the UK which gives him a very quirky view of the US. His observational humour is brilliant.

"Life may be sweeter for this"

Posted on 16 Jul 2009 22:35:20 BDT
most carl hiaasen books are funny with some outlandish characters !

Posted on 16 Jul 2009 23:04:27 BDT
Try Steve Martin's Pure Drivel a collection of inspired essays.

Posted on 17 Jul 2009 10:18:31 BDT
G. Ridgley says:
I have to add Nigel Planer's "I, an actor". The pictures alone are worth buying it for. I picked it up one day in Waterstone's and was in fits in the shop.

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