English Humour for Beginners

English Humour for Beginners

Number of page: 160
Author: George Mikes
Publisher: Penguin UK
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Category: Social Science

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 (

About The Author

Though George Mikes (pronounced 'me-kesh') started life as a Hungarian, he became a humorist as English as they come. Born in 1912, he moved to London in 1938 to become the correspondent for a Hungarian newspaper, and then he never left. A keen observer of the behaviour and misbehaviour of foreigners and natives in Britain, he is frequently cited by later authors including Kate Fox and Jeremy Paxman. He died in London in 1987.