Great British Wit, Paperback Book
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There's nothing much left to feel good about these days if you're British, but one of the few things where we all agree that we're still a world leader is our defining sense of humour.

Thematically covering every subject imaginable, from God to dogs, this collection is the seminal gathering of our national wit and a picture of who we are as a nation - a monument to our monumental silliness. 'An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one.' George Mikes Jane Austen, Jo Brand, Craig Brown, Winston Churchill, Alan Clark, Jeremy Clarkson, Billy Connolly, Peter Cook, Tommy Cooper, Stephen Fry, A.A.

Gill, Boris Johnson, Samuel Johnson, Maureen Lipman, Spike Milligan, Eric Morecambe, William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, Frank Skinner, Sue Townsend, Peter Ustinov, Queen Victoria, Oscar Wilde, P.G.

Wodehouse, Victoria Wood and many more.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Dictionaries of quotations
  • ISBN: 9780091906313



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I have a large collection of books on quotations and witty anecdotes. This is one of the best

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This collection of brief quotations from both serious and extremely funny Brits is a great pick it up and put it down book. I found I could onlyread about 20 pages before I tired of the format, but they were a great20 pages, and I found myself returning to it day after day for those brief doses. From monarchy to football to the Empire, these Brits encapsulate the wonders, horrors and peculiarities of British life. And nobody does dry wit like a Brit.