The 10 Funniest Books According to ABE's British Customers

shelved under Humor, Fiction, and Beach Reads

Just the other day I posted a great list from ABE.com — a great online used bookstore. Well, they certainly didn't waste any time in coming out with another fantastic list — the 10 funniest books... as chosen by ABE's British customers.

I have to say — I'm pleasantly surprised to see 2 American books on the list. :-)

Right Ho, Jeeves

Right Ho, Jeeves

by P.G. Wodehouse

Rachel from Boston, MA says:

It's laugh-out-loud funny, and in these times that can be very helpful!

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This book also appears on The Best Books of P.G. Wodehouse

 
 
Catch-22

Catch-22

by Joseph Heller

Susan says:

Absolutely NOT a period piece — this war book is completely relevant. It's my favorite book of all time, and not just because I read it while deployed to Iraq in an army aviation unit, but because the satire was so astute.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

by Douglas Adams

Flashlight Worthy says:
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Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel

Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel

by Jeremy Lewis, Jerome K. Jerome

Rebecca Haden from Fayetteville, Arkansas says:

This is one of my favorite books of all time. Indeed, it's two of my favorite books of all time put together. We were reading this aloud during a family road trip once, and had to pull the car over till the driver could quit laughing and compose herself enough to drive safely on; it's that funny.

Word pictures of England and Germany at the turn of the last century are only a small part of the charm. There's the part about Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and how uncomfortable they must have made everyone feel during house parties, and the instructions for packing, and the descriptions of what it's like to stay over at a home where there are small children — youll have your own favorites.

Read it while you're on vacation, or in order to feel as though you're on vacation even when you're not.

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Wilt

Wilt

by Tom Sharpe

Russ Telfer from Bridport, England says:

I can recommend Wilt, and indeed all the books of that series (Wilt Nowhere, Wilt on High) although it is some time since I read them. Tom Sharpe has chosen a determined but bashful main character to whom awful things happen. The general ambiance is farcical, but as with all true farce things are taken seriously, and the developments are very funny. Wilt's wife is exasperating and half mad, the police inspector is driven mental by Wilt, and in the end most of the baddies and the dafties get their comeuppance. Very satisfying. I'm going to read it again.

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A Confederacy of Dunces

A Confederacy of Dunces

by John Kennedy Toole

Jean Lewis from Bonita Springs, Florida says:

I read this book after returning from a trip to New Orleans many years ago. The author so captures the essence of this unique and lovely city. I found myself laughing out loud as I sat reading alone. One to reread again and again.

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Lucky Jim

Lucky Jim

by Kingsley Amis

Pamela from New York, NY says:

A sharp farce of academia, and a revelation for students or recent grads: your professors are even more of a mess than you are. Lucky Jim was the harbinger of the humorous campus novel genre. Bless you, Kingsley Amis!

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The Code of the Woosters

The Code of the Woosters

by P.G. Wodehouse

J. Barber says:

Anything written by Wodehouse is a delight to read. He crafted each word carefully, tongue in cheek, and even churned out books while being held during the war. Bertie Wooster and his man servant, Jeeves, are a wonderful comic duo. The colorful characters that inhabit Bertie's world crop up in the Wooster & Jeeves books time and again and we come to love them, too. I belong to the Wodehouse Society and collect hardbound editions of his books whenever I can find them. Everyone should try Wodehouse at least once!

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This book also appears on The Best Books of P.G. Wodehouse

 
 
Bridget Jones's Diary

Bridget Jones's Diary

by Helen Fielding

Jess Haberman from Guilford, CT says:

Bridget's a bit of a train wreck you can't take your eyes off, but at the same time she's endearing. Despite all her faux pas, everyone sees a bit of themselves in her (the foolish bits). And her abbreviated Britishisms are absolutely addictive.

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Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall

Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall

by Spike Milligan

Dave Patterson from Aldershot, UK says:

Milligan was the most surreal genius ever to walk this earth but this account actually deals with his part in the war and is actually laced with his painful and upsetting experiences along with almost unbearably funny anecdotes and set-pieces. You will laugh out loud, you will appreciate the humble Tommy and you will forever be hooked on Milligan.

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