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The Best After-Dinner Stories book

The Best After-Dinner Stories

Ever since Chaucer's day, when the host of the Tabard Inn in Southwark rose to welcome the Canterbury Pilgrims with a joke, the After Dinner Speech, designed, if possible, to reduce the assembled company to helpless merriment, has presented the ultimate challenge.

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The Folio Book of Humorous Anecdotes book

The Folio Book of Humorous Anecdotes

Edward Leeson

They are what Churchill called 'the gleaming toys of history' – a collection of entertaining stories, many of them biographical, that light up past and present and fix them in our memories.

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What are the Seven Wonders of the World?  book

What are the Seven Wonders of the World?

Peter D'Epiro and Mary Desmond Pinkowish

As phrases they are familiar: the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, the seven wonders of the ancient world, the twelve labours of Hercules . . . But can you name the horsemen? Why seven wonders? And who challenged Hercules to clean the Augean stables?

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The Wit of Oscar Wilde book

The Wit of Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

The name of Oscar Wilde has become synonymous with wit. This volume brings together some of the finest and most biting examples - chosen by his grandson from a wide range of essays, stories, plays and poetry - all of them the product of the man who claimed he had nothing to declare but his genius.

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