English Humour for Beginners

English Humour for Beginners Paperback – November 14, 1983
by George Mikes (Author)

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.”

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. –This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details
Paperback: 149 pages
Publisher: Allen & Unwin (November 14, 1983)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0048270717
ISBN-13: 978-0048270719
Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces

Mikes at his best
By Pablo Duggan on June 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover

A great master of humour, George Mikes has done incredibly well in this book. This parody of English humour is absolutely hilarious; we can find in this little gem of a book the best of Mikes’s patented ironic humour. I would say this is definitely vintage Mikes: thoughtful, provocative and very, very funny.

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