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I'm looking for some new funny non fiction. I love Danny Wallace and Dave Gorman from the UK - any suggestions of similar people? Or something completely different, as long as it makes me laugh.
The book is Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools by Victoria Twead and it's very new. It's about a retired couple (English) who move into a really small village in the mountains in Spain. All the characters are hilarious, and the things that happen are hysterical.
Two of my books of poems translated from Japanese treat comic genre (senryu and kyoka) and they will almost surely be new to you in all three ways. As one of my books (the senryu) is dirty, I recall and would also recommend E.J. Burford's Bawdy Verse. Much of the bawdy is comic.
If an old book will do, I can mention one I doubt anyone would note. Aubrey's Lives is full of hilarious anecdotes.
He has been compared to David Sedaris and a recent review on blogcritics compared him to Garrison Keillor. It is laugh out loud stuff.
Sure he is funny, but when I visited England and wrote some (unpublished) pages on it, a couple people told me it was better than Bryson and though I read him and found that was probably true, I still did not think my essays worth publishing.
Let me ask you -- have you ever read A BARBARIAN IN ASIA? If you have, do you think Bryson is even a tenth as funny?
Don't get me wrong, I wrote half-a-dozen bks against stereotypes in Japanese and think Michaux an A-hole. But, he is a funny A-hole.
When I write books for publication or publish them myself, I make sure I am treating a subject no one can do as well as I can. Unfortunately, this cannot be said about most authors.
ps. Yes, I know. One cannot dispute taste. Then, again, one can.