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Funny Ha, Ha
80 of the Funniest Stories Ever Written
The Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year. 80 of the funniest stories ever written, selected and introduced by Paul Merton.
From Anton Chekhov to Ali Smith, from P.G. Wodehouse to Nora Ephron, the greatest writers are those who know how to laugh. Here, award-winning comedian and broadcaster Paul Merton brings together his favourite funny stories of all time.
Whether it's the silly, surreal, slap-stick or satirical that makes you smile, there's a story here to tickle every funny bone. From prize-winners and literary giants, to stand-up comedians and the rising stars of funny literature, this brilliant anthology is guaranteed to cheer your day.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
'Whether it's the silly, surreal, slapstick or satirical that tickles your funny bone, there's a tale here to suit in this chunky collection of 80 funny short stories' This England. 'Such gems that they are well worth another outing ... The book does indeed have its charms' Herald. 'Easy to dip in and out of' Scotsman. 'Extremely funny ... [An] eclectic, wide-ranging anthology' Sunday Times. 'Poignant as well as funny ... There are plenty of belly laughs ... Whatever your taste in humour, the book is so vast you are bound to find stories to put a smile on your face' Sunday Express. 'A mixture of old favourites [...] and new discoveries ... You're bound to find stories that put a smile on your face' Daily Mirror. 'As you might expect from as singular a comic talent as Paul Merton, this compilation of his favourite funny stories offers material both hilarious and unusual' Guardian. 'Comprehensively joyful ... Some stories are, as promised, funny ha ha. Others are funny peculiar. Many are just plain witty. How are they all arranged? Alphabetically, by author, which is an entirely illogical logic and, as it turns out, perfect for this eclectic treasure chest' Sunday Times. 'Anybody who dips into Funny Ha, Ha [...] will emerge many hours later filled not only with pleasure and delight, but also with a sense of gratitude to Merton for choosing so well' The Times.