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Initial post: 10 Aug 2009 22:51:26 BDT
Debbie says:
Been busy searching for a book that has endearing characters with an amusing plot eg style of David Nobbs, Sue Limb, Sue Townsend. Any recommendations?

Posted on 10 Aug 2009 23:02:53 BDT
JW says:
Have a look at "The Matchmaker of Perigord" by Julia Stuart - set in France, absolutely charming and unique with great characters and humour - highly recommended - think you might like it.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Aug 2009 23:06:12 BDT
bruce says:
try christopher brookmyre, very dry humour and reading in a scottish accent can be challenging but well worth it, try the jack parlabane character for starters

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Aug 2009 19:24:39 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Aug 2009 19:25:48 BDT
Debbie, I'll be happy to send you a review copy of my book "The Surveyors" if you'd like to contrast/compare with those authors you mention and write a brief review.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Aug 2009 20:57:22 BDT
Bear 75 says:
Highly recommend 'Best of Friends?' by Hayley Coulson. A reflective book with realistic characters; feels like people you know, doing silly things you know you've done!

Posted on 11 Aug 2009 21:34:22 BDT
The funniest author who ever lived was S. J. Perelman. Look up any of his books, but, if you have to choose to one, go for The Road to Miltown. Lucky Jim and The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis are excellent as well.

Posted on 11 Aug 2009 21:38:51 BDT
Fiction Fan says:
Try "The Golden Pig" by the Penny Brothers - likeable characters, a fast paced plot and very very funny.

Posted on 11 Aug 2009 23:21:17 BDT
M. Hannan says:
Try 'Jeans Big Bang Theory' and 'Mind Bomb' . you can, I believe, get them both togther on a deal on amazon.

Posted on 12 Aug 2009 09:49:26 BDT
reeda says:
I recommend Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.

Posted on 12 Aug 2009 09:54:44 BDT
reeda says:
And more recent books: The Elfish Gene by Mark Barrowcliffe (it's about an obsession with the game Dungeons & Dragons but don't let that put you off, it is genuinely funny), Moab is my Washpot by the always reliable Stephen Fry and Sleepwalker's introduction to flight by Sion Scott Wilson (a very, very funny novel).

Posted on 12 Aug 2009 10:07:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Aug 2009 21:29:58 BDT
I Readalot says:
What about David Lodge? He has been shortlisted for the Booker but never won it, possibly because his books are humorous and far too readable. Intelligent with an - often dark - humour that will have you laughing out loud. I compltely agree with Sleepwalker's Introduction to Flight, very funny book with the humour getting darker towards the end.

Posted on 26 Aug 2009 15:02:18 BDT
Morphybum says:
Lucky Jim - Kingsley Amis
The Code of the Woosters - P. G. Wodehouse
Changing Places - David Lodge
Vile Bodies - Evelyn Waugh

Get hooked by one or two of them and you're set up for a year or two

Posted on 27 Aug 2009 23:05:18 BDT
Gordon Dent says:
John O'Farrell's "The Best a Man Can Get" made me laugh more than any other novel I've read. I'd second the David Lodge recommendations. If you've ever been to a conference, you'll find "Small World" hilarious.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2009 11:06:59 BDT
I Readalot says:
Glad to see someone else appreciates David Lodge, have you read Changing Places and Nice Work that make up a sort of trilogy with small world?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2009 21:10:52 BDT
Gordon Dent says:
I Readalot: no, I haven't read either of those. I saw the television adaptation of "Nice Work" but didn't get around to reading it. For some reason I read "Small World" first and then felt that too much of "Changing Places" had been reprised in the sequel and didn't bother to read it. I still have "Small World" on the shelf (I read it about 15 years ago), so now I should buy "Changing Places" and read them both in order.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2009 21:29:02 BDT
I Readalot says:
You definitely should they are all hilarious novels. If I have taken one thing from David Lodge's books it is 'don't take yourself too seriously'.

Posted on 29 Aug 2009 15:34:39 BDT
M. Dowden says:
If you like humour then anything by P. G. Wodehouse should be staight up your street.

Posted on 6 Sep 2009 21:59:07 BDT
Andrew Fry says:
Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett.
Later Pratchett is more satirical and i find even more amusing but uses characters from the earlier books so start from the beginning to really appreciate the developing richness in the humour. But whatever you do make sure you have your towel handy and dont panic.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2009 15:54:36 BDT
anything by tom sharpe

Posted on 7 Sep 2009 16:01:49 BDT
Nick Hornby, How to be good. Or High Fidelity are both funny good books

Posted on 7 Sep 2009 16:19:22 BDT
A winter Journey by Billy Young is funny for the first half of the book before getting more serious and has a great twist towards the end.

Posted on 8 Sep 2009 05:43:19 BDT
Bookish says:
Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series - it contains a lot of intertexuality.

Posted on 8 Sep 2009 09:16:59 BDT
Mr. K. Lloyd says:
A lot of good suggestions here means you will be spoiled for choice. Two names stand out for me; firstly Jasper Fforde (The Eyre Affair), which is a highly original and humorous adventure, full of literary references. The second is P.G.Wodehouse - I'm embarrassed to admit that I have only recently "discovered" his books. Although I am familiar with the TV adaptations (which are a pale imitation), the books are witty, laugh-out-loud funny, and contain many engaging characters. I do find it difficult to read Jeeves without hearing Stephen Fry (which, I suppose, is either a pro or a con, depending on your perspective).

Posted on 8 Sep 2009 09:23:12 BDT
BookJumper says:
I second Jasper Fforde and P.G. Wodehouse, and would also mention:

Danny Wallace (heartwarming true stories, side-splittingly told)
Douglas Adams (comic sci-fi)
Terry Pratchett (comic fantasy)
Robert Rankin (comic conspiracy theory... mostly).

Posted on 8 Sep 2009 09:49:05 BDT
S. Bromage says:
P.G.Wodehouse, George McDonald Fraser. If those two don't get you laughing then your funny bone is broken.
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