English Humour for Beginners

Paperback (02 Jun 2016) | English

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Synopsis

If you want to succeed here you must be able to handle the English sense of humour.

So proclaims George Mikes' timeless exploration of this curious phenomenon. Whether it's understatement, self-deprecation or plain cruelty, the three elements he identifies as essential to our sense of humour, being witty here is a way of life.

Perfectly placed as an adopted Englishman himself, Mikes delivers his shrewd advice - helpfully divided into 'Theory' and 'Practice' - with a comic precision that does his chosen country proud. Drawing on a trove of examples from our rich comic canon, from Orwell ("Every joke is a tiny revolution") to Oscar Wilde, this is the essential handbook for natives and foreigners alike.

Mrs Kennedy: "I don't think, Mr Churchill, that I have told you anything about my grandchildren."
Winston Churchill: "For which, madam, I am infinitely grateful."

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Book information

ISBN: 9780241978542
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 827.009
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: v, 146
Weight: 120g
Height: 130mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 25mm