/ Uplifting to Stand Up Hilarious Books
stephen frys novels.
ben eltons are funny for the first chapter or two then get dull.
Anything by Spike Milligan
Eric Frank Russell - "Next of Kin"
Tim Moore - "French Revolutions"
Shit my dad says.
Not sure it's literature but it is funny.
Anything by David Sedaris.
I thought I was listening to one of the Golden Girls reciting from her biography.
Was rather surprised to find out I was listening to a bloke!
> Anything by Spike Milligan
Funnily enough I'm just re-reading "Mussolini his part in my downfall" after many years. God, I forgot how wickedly funny Spike was. I've embarrassed myself on the bus by LOL while reading it!
Dara O Briain's book, Tickling the English is really well written and very, very funny.
How about Neil Gaiman's "Death: the high cost of living"?
Tony Hawkes Round Ireland With a Fridge and Stuart Maconie's Pies and Prejudice are both gentle humour but quite uplifting in a restore-your-faith-in-humanity kind of way.
Anything by Robert Rankin but especially the Brentford Trilogy* or The Witches of Chiswick, they are all pretty laugh out loud funny.
And anything by Douglas Adams of course, someone else who thought the number three was a fuzzy concept.
*I think there are eight in the trilogy so far.
Neither are funny mind.
I second Spike Milligan's war memoirs
Off the top of my head and depending on your own taste:
Porterhouse Blue by Tom Sharp
Porno by Irvine Welsh
Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens (honestly)
Vernon God Litttle by DBC Pierre
The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
Atomised by Michel Houellebecq
Under The Frog by Tibor Fischer
.....have all made me laugh out loud a lot
Slightly different to the above suggestions, but Gervase Phinn and Gerald Durrell's books are very funny and generally uplifting.
Agree about Terry Pratchett (apart from Nation) and Douglas Adams (just finished listening to HHGTTG The Tertiary Phase - extremely funny, especially if you particularly like/dislike cricket; got a couple of Dirk Gently audio books to try too)
But I thought ultimately a life affirming novel, the eternal optimism of the protaganists in the situation they were in was wonderful.
Thanks very much for all the suggestions!! I'm already a Tom Sharpe and Terry Pratchet fan, but there are lots of suggestions here that I've not read. I've been tempted by Tim Moore for a while. My wife found CMcC's the road very depressing, whereas I found it ultimately hopeful. I guess I don't mean that kind of philosophical upliftingness, but rather a lighthearted uplifting none too thought provoking set of literature; anything from "driving over lemons" through to books like "wilt". Thanks for the suggestions and please keep them coming!
> But I thought ultimately a life affirming novel, the eternal optimism of the protaganists in the situation they were in was wonderful.
Yes, sorry, I missed the uplifting bit of the remit :-) in a similar vein then I'd recommend Germinale by Emile Zola, maybe my favourite novel. Other uplifting/life-affirming: Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies (although we're heading for a car crash in part 3 just as we've learned to love our antihero); A Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marques; Days Of Hope by Andre Malraux; Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess.
And a couple more funnies are winking at me from the bookshelf -Alan Warner's The Sopranos and The Stars In The Bright Sky
Hope the OP can find something to love in that lot
Anything by Pete McCarthy.
You might like 'A Spot of Bother' by Mark Haddon. I thought it was warm and very funny. I suppose the humour is slightly dark (certainly not black, like the hilarious Dan Rhodes can be), but if that's too dark for you we'll have very different tastes!
Any of the "Upmanship" books by Stephen Potter, not only amusing, but a guide to life.
Edward Adrift - made me laugh repeatedly and uplifting
Very very funny, yet mildly disturbing book :P
Riotous assembly - Tom Sharpe. Cried with laughter more than once. My Girlfriend thought I was going strange. Ancestral Vices, The Throwback and Grantchester Grind are also good. Recently tried Blott on the Landscape but could not get into it.
The Acid House - Irvine Welsh. Very funny in places, a little dark in others. Sometimes both at the same time.
Bill Bryson. Tales from a small island and At Home were both enjoyable, no tears though.
I find Mr Bowman's books, ascent of rum doodle and cruise of the talking fish, pretty funny.
Empire Falls by Richard Russo... fantastically funny... really cracking dialogue... the prologue is a slow start and there is a bit of a dark ending but overall it is tremendous.
things snowball by rich hall
pontoon by garrison keillor
most of christopher brookmyre's early novels
> and Gerald Durrell's books are very funny and generally uplifting.
Yes, I'd are, Gerald Durrell was very funny, OP could try The Bafut Beagles or My Family and Other Animals.
Redmond O'Hanlon is hilarious in a seriously alarming travel writing sort of way.
The usual votes for Spike Milligan and Douglas Adams.
Also P.G Wodehouse of course rules them all.
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