RSH Book Club: Top Comedy Reads For Long Journeys
The Edinburgh Comedy Festival is in full swing, but if you can’t make it to the Scottish capital to check out some of the world’s best stand-up comedy, enjoy a chortle to yourself on your next train journey with our pick of comedy books instead.
Whether you’re on your daily commute or setting out for a long holiday, a little light reading is just the thing to boost your mood. And if you check for cheap tickets before you hop on board you could have something extra to smile about too. Just read on for the books that will have you laughing in your seat…
1. Things My Girlfriend And I Have Argued About – Mil Millington
Based on a popular website which is in turn based on a fascinating and somewhat volatile relationship, this book is a guilty laugh a minute. Comedian Mil Millington started the series as a subsection to his website, sharing some hilariously absurd anecdotes about his relationship.
The site was an instant hit and within two weeks, he had offers from several publishers. At this point, Millington set about turning his personal joke into a fictional romp and the resulting novel is painfully funny.
If you’ve ever been frustrated by the banality of the things you argue about with your partner, this book is the perfect balm for your soul.
2. Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
An unusual autobiography, Me Talk Pretty One Day is a non-chronological romp through some of the formative years of comedian and radio presenter David Sedaris. It touches on his wacky childhood in North Carolina and his path to fame, but the real meat of the book focuses on a move to France to be a with a lover.
In this collection of comic essays, Sedaris unflinchingly turns a withering eye on pretty much everyone he’s ever met – including himself.
It’s perfect if you’ve got a short attention span or for a journey with lots of connections, as the essays are all bite-sized and easy to jump in and out of.
3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams
If you’ve never treated yourself to a read of this classic, now is the time. Adams’ endearing creation is an unforgettable adventure that’s classed as science fiction, but really will appeal to most readers with a sense of humour.
There have been many successful adaptations of the book – in fact, it first started out as a radio play, but there’s a special charm to the novel that makes it well worth reading even if you’ve already seen the film or play.
Hapless hero Arthur Dent, misguided researcher Ford Prefect, depressed robot Marvin the Paranoid Android and the endlessly baffling yet charming Zaphod Beeblebrox are a cast of characters that won’t fail to make you smile.
4. How To Be A Woman – Caitlin Moran
Moran is a no-holds-barred kind of lady and it shows. In this frank and funny autobiography, she examines growing from girl to woman without editing out any of the most cringeworthy moments. From losing her virginity to discovering she forgot to pay tax for a year, there are moments everyone can identify with.
It’s not only a story of Moran’s life though, it also aims to be a manual for women who want to be able to celebrate all of the good and bad bits about being a lady.
Be warned, this is the kind of book that could have you blushing as well as laughing loudly, but it really is just the thing to make a train journey fly by.
5. More Baths Less Talking – Nick Hornby
Hornby’s blend of confessional style and tongue in cheek humour make him effortlessly easy to read and enjoy. This is especially true in his latest book, More Baths Less Talking: Notes from the Reading Life of a Celebrated Author Locked in Battle with Football, Family, and Time Itself.
A collection of essays and reviews based on his monthly column in the Believer, it’s packed with a mixture of excellent advice for future reads as well as some wonderful meanderings round Hornby’s take on everything from Miley Cyrus to Arsenal FC.
Dip in and out of this excellent collection and you’re sure to always find something to giggle over on your journey.
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