Auckland Libraries: Have a laugh

Have a laugh

Dry humour, dark humour, highbrow humour, screwball humour, broad humour, all kinds of humour to put you in a good humour. Here are some of our favourites.

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The Rosie project

Graeme C. Simsion

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Auckland-born Simsion won international acclaim for this light-hearted story of a genetics professor with Asperger’s - considered simply as the way Don is, and not as a problem to solve - and his project for finding a wife.

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Where'd you go, Bernadette

Maria Semple

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"This was the most laugh-out-loud, clever, and deliciously ridiculous book I've read in a long time… I don't want to give it back to the library!" Luckily for you, the Auckland Libraries member who left this review on our catalogue did give it back.

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We're all damaged

Matthew Norman

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Like Nick Hornby books? This darkly comic novel about a third-best bartender and his relationship difficulties could be for you. Or try "One last thing before I go" by Jonathan Tropper, another good read in the midlife male coming-of-age genre.

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Cold Comfort Farm

Stella Gibbons

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This wickedly funny parody of pastoral melodramas and romantic clichés is by now a classic. It has influenced many generations of the comic arts (e.g. the cold comfort family at Cold Comfort Farm is named Starkadder) and continues to find new fans.

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Our man in Havana

Graham Greene

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Greene's story of a hapless vacuum-cleaner salesman turned spy, along with his "Travels with my Aunt" (a hapless retired bank manager and his eccentric aunt) are for anyone who enjoys dry English wit, adroit intelligence and virtuoso prose.

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The first bad man

Miranda July

Book

If you can see the funny side in obsessive-compulsive behaviour, sexual obsession, modern love and motherhood, if you find misfits endearing, and if a bit of S and M or an unreliable narrator isn’t a deal-breaker, this could be your book!

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The revolving door of life

Alexander McCall Smith

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If you join the multitude of fans of this droll Scottish novelist, you won't lack for reading: the 44 Scotland Street series (which includes this title), the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series and more.

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The prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark

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Is eccentric schoolteacher Miss Brodie comic or tragic? Like so many memorable characters, both; also, headstrong, proud, foolish and fascinating. And "At Freddie's" by Penelope Fitzgerald is a brilliantly comic look at a theatre school headmistress.

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The secret diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 years old

Hendrik Groen

Book

This funny and touching reminder that friendship, humour, rebellion and love do not need to be relinquished with age is one of the biggest literary phenomena of recent years - and still no one knows who Hendrik Groen really is.

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The Pickwick papers

Charles Dickens

eAudiobook

Wrapping up our list with an eAudiobook, an ever more popular format. This BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation is a great way to appreciate the oldest book on our list, one which many literature lovers believe is the funniest book ever written.

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