In the first in his 'trilogy of five' Douglas Adams brilliantly introduces us Earthbound readers to Zaphod Beeblebrox, the Bable fish, Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters and Marvin the Paranoid Android
Laugh your socks off with a comic novel or a collection of humorous anecdotes. The Folio Society publishes classic comedy books from a range of hilarious authors, making perfect gifts for those who love to laugh. Folio books include beautiful original illustrations and come with specially designed hardback covers. See below for the full list of Folio Humour books.
With only two genuine dates, this irreverent romp is history as every schoolboy would wish it – hilarious and memorable.
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.
They retain their popularity, for who can resist the deliciously sticky ends of 'Matilda who told lies and was burned to death' or 'Jim who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion'?
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Ambrose 'Bitter' Bierce was immortalised by The Devil's Dictionary. His series of satirical definitions and irreverent aphorisms first appeared from 1881 to 1886 in the columns of a provincial newspaper, impaling the sacred cows of civilised life - and much else besides - upon the spikes of his own mordant wit.
Mark Twain's reputation grew ever larger as the rest of the world caught up with his wickedly dry wit. In these stories, satires, travel pieces, speeches, letters and anecdotes, Twain pokes fun at himself and other Americans in places as diverse as the Mississippi riverboats and the castles of Europe.
Compared to that of Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Stoppard and even Jonathan Swift, in his introduction, science-fiction writer Adam Roberts describes this novel as ‘that rare thing: a sequel that surpasses its original’.
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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