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Laugh out loud with The Brunch Book Challenge

This week, writer Rupa Gulab gives us her top 10 funny reads. What better way to get ahead on the challenge than to do so by laughing out loud?

brunch Updated: Feb 22, 2014 18:23 IST
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This week, writer Rupa Gulab gives us her top 10 funny reads. What better way to get ahead on the challenge than to do so by laughing out loud?


The Brunch Book Challenge is an @HTBrunch initiative to get readers to read at least 24 books in 2014. Read anything you like, just keep us posted. Tweet your progress to @HTBrunch with the hashtag #BrunchBookChallenge.

The Blandings Castle series by PG Wodehouse (actually, almost any book by PG Wodehouse)Yes, I know Wodehouse’s Jeeves & Wooster series is everybody’s favourite, but I absolutely adore Lord Emsworth’s vagueness and his unhealthy obsession with his obese, award-winning piggy.
The William series by Richmal CromptonWilliam and his band of friends are naughty boys like no other naughty boys! My favourite story is one in which he’s so desperate for a spot of money that he invites the village children to a freak show in his guest bedroom where his visiting aunt is asleep.
The Jennings series by Anthony BuckeridgeFor me, Jennings is the best of the boarding school series ever. Way better than anything by Enid Blyton and so funny you could die laughing.
How to be an Alien by George MikesBrilliant satire on the Brits. The most memorable line: ‘Continental people have sex lives; the English have hot-water bottles.’
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll This is funnier than Alice in Wonderland. Especially Alice’s conversation with hard-to-please Humpty Dumpty, in which he sniffily informs her that he prefers to celebrate unbirthdays because birthdays only come once a year.
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell Durrell’s take on his idiosyncratic family and the characters he meets in Corfu – hilarious!
Twisted Tales from Shakespeare by Richard Armour If you know and love your Shakespeare, you will giggle your way through these parodies.
The Collected Bulletins of Idi Amin by Alan CorenFirst published in Punch (that lovely, lovely funny mag that shut shop. Sob!), you just have to "Read dis book".
The Complete Yes Minister and The Complete Yes Prime Minister by Jonathan Lynn and Sir Anthony JayMy family watched this decades ago. It was such a joy to read the episodes in a book format too. As funny.
Dear Popsy: Collected Postcards of a Private Schoolboy to His Father by E Bishop PotterPerhaps the most wickedly funny book I have ever read – deliciously camp! Hope our Supreme Court doesn’t make reading it a criminal offence. Yes, down with Sec 377!

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First Published: Feb 21, 2014 19:22 IST