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Posted on 29 Jan 2013, 20:16:25 GMT
EM JAY says:
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Posted on 5 Feb 2013, 14:38:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Feb 2013, 14:40:58 GMT
I haven't read through all of the posts so some of these will probably have been mentioned already:

The Fran Lebowitz Reader (Vintage) (not a novel but very funny writer)
Snuff Fiction
The Code of the Woosters: (Jeeves & Wooster) (or anything bu P. G. Wodehouse)
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy in Five Parts
The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid (everything by Bryson is worth reading and very funny)
Tripping the Night Fantastic (Charlie Deavon 1) (snuck that one in, seriously, it is funny though)
Our Man in Havana (Vintage Classics) (a classic and one of my favourites)
A Dirty Job
Fan Man
John Dies at the End
Dimension of Miracles
Going Postal: A Discworld Novel
Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
The Gun Seller
Good Omens
Red Dwarf:Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

I think I'll stop there, this list is getting out of hand! But I can think of many more.


Ah, apparently you're only aloud 10 links in one post, hence the none-linked of the list.

Posted on 6 Feb 2013, 17:32:11 GMT
Funny book for kids Odo and the Time Children

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Feb 2013, 23:50:53 GMT
Paris Jean says:
Dollars & Diamonds by Paris Jean , is very funny

Posted on 7 Feb 2013, 15:04:07 GMT
Paul Wimsett says:
Most comedy books have come from newspaper articles-for instance Beachcomber. This is probably the golden age of comedy, though the best comedy writer is undoubtably Frank Muir. Even Adrian Mole started off as newspaper articles.

Posted on 19 Feb 2013, 11:04:34 GMT
I agree Will. Good read that one

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2013, 18:27:35 GMT
1D82 Many says:
This book by 'James Henry' is not only very funny (yes I did laugh out loud in places!) but it has an excellent and involved plot too. I spent a very happy afternoon with it and I liked it so much I even reviewed it straight afterwards!

An English Custom

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2013, 23:14:46 GMT
My favourite humorous writers are Tom Sharpe, P.G.Wodehouse and Terry Pratchett. I have recently self-published my own funny novel, entitled 'Long Leggety Beasties'; it is up on Amazon Kindle - and downloadable for free for another twenty-four hours!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2013, 02:03:20 GMT
J. Hastell says:
As with Alienora Taylor above, I too lean towards Tom Sharpe (early works) and PG Wodehouse and the Discworld novels. I have recently written a book because I couldn't find a new author I liked. I enjoy humour, it's comedy but toned down a bit. It doesn't have to be laugh out loud in every paragraph. I have just received a glowing review for it and I feel my work has been rewarded by people who enjoy post-war, old fashioned fun.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2013, 15:38:38 GMT
1D82 Many says:
If you like the Tom Sharpe stuff ( I love it) then James Henry's book (mentioned above) will be perfect for you and Alienora taylor. It's set in post war Britain and really well thought out.

An English Custom

Posted on 20 Feb 2013, 16:19:03 GMT
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Posted on 20 Feb 2013, 20:46:38 GMT
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Posted on 15 Mar 2013, 18:04:11 GMT
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Posted on 17 Mar 2013, 11:02:46 GMT
Mad Bad Spinning Top is humorous and pretty funny in places!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2013, 11:54:39 GMT
I Readalot says:
Notice the posts that 'customers don't think adds to the discussion and the post deleted by Amazon? They were self-promo's as well. It is NOT allowed outside the MOA.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2013, 19:30:46 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2013, 19:38:25 BST
I Readalot says:
Self-promo NOT allowed outside the MOA! Ah! you replied to the OP without reading any of the posts, that makes sense then!

Posted on 12 Apr 2013, 06:48:44 BST
v says:
Anything by the late Alan Coren regarding Cricklewood. I got sent to the spare room for laughing too much in bed!!!

Posted on 14 Apr 2013, 19:51:29 BST
Steven says:
nick spalding is excellent. also enjoying Matt Rudd's 'William Walker' books.

Posted on 15 Apr 2013, 21:36:56 BST
Last edited by the author on 16 Apr 2013, 20:46:09 BST
I've just read Tim Moore: a travel writer, some have assured me, who is all set to dethrone Bill Bryson.

Take it from me, he isn't.

Posted on 16 Apr 2013, 14:47:45 BST
My favourite funny writers are Keith Waterhouse and Sir Kingsley Amis. However they are very 'male' writers, right leaning and Amis in particular will definitely not appeal to those with politically correct sensibilities.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2013, 14:51:29 BST
Tom Sharpe is brilliant. Mostly. Some of the Wilt books I find a bit tedious, but 'Vintage Stuff' and 'Porterhouse Blue' are some of the absolute funniest books I have read ever. 'Porterhouse Blue' is quite well known as it was an 80s tv serial, but IMO 'Vintage Stuff' is just as funny - about a middle aged prep school master who lives in a John Buchan fantasy world. My copy of 'Vintage Stuff' cost me 25p from a charity shop and it's the best 25p I ever spent!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2013, 18:01:38 BST
H. Marlow says:
"Love from both sides" by Nick Spalding, made me laugh so hard I thought I was actually going to go into convulsions.Love...From Both Sides

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2013, 20:24:18 BST
gille liath says:
'Very male'? Can't have that can we? :)

Not sure about that, I have fairly PC sensibilities and I like both of them. There's such a thing as accepting a writer on his own terms, if he (or she) is good enough - or maybe it's the fact that Amis, though right-wing as you say, does not give the impression of thinking in stereotypes.

Not sure I think either is particularly funny though; 'comic', perhaps, in a broad sense.

Posted on 17 Apr 2013, 21:03:42 BST
Lynda Turbet says:
Have just re-read all the Mapp and Lucia novels by E.F. Benson - set in the early decades of the 20th century, but such a witty and biting depiction of small town rivalries and life's trivialities. A brilliant and under-rated writer.
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