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Posted on 8 Sep 2009 19:28:36 BDT
Obviously anything by Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, but if you can find the Oddysseus books (The Greatest Hero of Them All & The Journey Through Hell) by Richard Curtis they are well worth a read. I read them at primary school, and I'm sure they were on Jackanory read by Tony Robinson. The character of Odysseus is obviously Blackadder. I think they went out of print but keep your eyes peeled....

Posted on 9 Sep 2009 14:28:57 BDT
Nick Brett says:
Agree with the suggestions of Tom Sharpe and Jasper Fford, but would push towards Sharpes early stuff rather then his more recent. Wilt is probably the classic along with Porterhouse Blues

Posted on 11 Nov 2009 18:06:54 GMT
Hi Debbie!
If you have enjoyed David Nobbs, Sue Townsend etc, then I'm sure you'd love James Rainsford. I recently read his debut novel 'Education, Edukation, Edukashun.' it was the funniest book I've read in years, read it at one sitting, really hilarious. Here's a link where you can read some reviews:Education, Edukation, Edukashun

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Nov 2009 19:22:03 GMT
Jean Paul says:
"Mrs Fisher's Tulip" by Melanie Hughes a new author. It's a bitter sweet view of adult life seen through a young girls eyes, set in the sixties. I read it in one go finishing at 4am and then couldn't sleep for laughing. It's a captivating, evocative story that ranges from utterly charming to dark and unsettling.

Mrs Fisher's Tulip

Posted on 11 Nov 2009 19:32:59 GMT
A. Roberts says:
i definitely second recommendations for Wodehouse & G Mac Fraser. Lodge & Sharpe are also very good.

Have you tried Malcolm Pryce's Aberystwyth novels? Faux-noir, if that's a genre! Clever and funny.

Posted on 11 Nov 2009 23:39:19 GMT
Oz Pom says:
To the contemporary list of Jasper Fforde, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Robert Rankin, I'd like to add...

Malcolm Pryce ("The King of Welsh Noir" whose lead character is P.I. Louie Knight)
Grant Naylor and Rob Grant (for the Red Dwarf novels) and
Paul Magrs (The Brenda & Effie Mysteries)

Posted on 12 Nov 2009 10:47:52 GMT
Lazy Kipper says:
Ascent of Rum Doodle - can't remember he author - hilarious, plus EF Benson's Mapp and Lucia books, and Margaret Oliphant's Miss Marjoribanks.

Posted on 12 Nov 2009 11:31:26 GMT
Why not try Chucking it All: How Downshifting to a Windswept Scottish Island Did Absolutely Nothing to Improve My Quality of Life by Max Scratchmann, a really funny account of downshifting in the Scottish islands.

Posted on 12 Nov 2009 19:21:53 GMT
CJ says:
Wodehouse and S J Perelman are incredibly funny, as is Flann O'Brien. "The Best of Myles" is a stunningly funny book ("she was a fine looking lump of a girl") and I also love the wit of PJ O'Rourke - not a fiction writer, but still very funny. I'd have to say that Hunter S Thompson is a very underrated humorist. Less well known is Terry Southern - his "The Magic Christian" is a great read.

I'd like to recommend Sherlock Holmes and the Underpants of Death as well.

Posted on 9 May 2012 12:23:23 BDT
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Jeff D says:
For me, the most current funny thing I've read is UZI DOG by James A Lee. It's dry and wity and reminds me of Pheonix nights, some aspects of Viz magazine and the writing style of Douglas Adams.
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Posted on 9 May 2012 13:49:45 BDT
Linda says:
Muffs Chuffs & Nonsense (Poems for Grown Ups)

This is brilliant, but very naughty.

Posted on 9 May 2012 16:44:27 BDT
Seems a fair amount of self-publicising here - something I'd never stoop to myself, of course! Have you tried the Hamish MacBeth Novels by M.C Beaton?

Posted on 13 May 2012 09:02:20 BDT
B. Cooper says:
'William Walker's First Year Of Marriage: A Horror Story' and 'William's Progress' both by Matt Rudd are very funny looks at marriage and parenthood

Posted on 16 May 2012 11:25:56 BDT
The Ascent Of Rum Doodle by W E Bowman is a book I read and re-read whenever I feel the need to laugh out loud. It's an absolutely brilliant parody of a mountaineering expedition where ineptitude rules. To say more would be to spoil things, but if you like classic British humour you're in for a treat. In fact, the book is so good they named a real mountain after it!

Posted on 16 May 2012 13:59:04 BDT
The funniest book ever written is (in my opinion) Three Men In A Boat (not to mention a dog) by Jerome K. Jerome. I've read it about ten times so far, but intend to read it a few more times yet (if I live long enough). Montmorency (the dog) is one of the funniest characters in the book, despite the fact that there are loads of funny characters - when you read T.M.I.A.B. you can get an idea of where P.G. Wodehouse got his style from.
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