What The British Think is Funny…

March 26, 2009

From  AbeBooks.com, a post by Richard Davies:

“The British sense of humor is famous around the world but what kind of literature makes them laugh? It seems the ideal amusing read for Brits would be a mind-boggling combination of P.G. Wodehouse’s sublime wit, a liberal dose of Joseph Heller’s black humor and a slice of Douglas Adams’ galactic comedy.

Our UK website, AbeBooks.co.uk recently asked 555 of its customers to name the funniest book they had ever read. Right Ho, Jeeves, Catch-22 and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy were the top three. Eight of the top 10 authors were British but Americans Heller and John Kennedy Toole also featured prominently.

Top 10 Funniest Books According to AbeBooks.co.uk Customers

  1. Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (1933)
  2. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1961)
  3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1979)
  4. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome (1889)
  5. Wilt by Tom Sharpe (1976)
  6. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (1980)
  7. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
  8. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse (1938)
  9. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding (1996)
  10. Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall by Spike Milligan (1971)”