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1,000 Years of Laughter

David Timson

Laughter is unique to man. This delightful anthology presents some of the funniest extracts in English literature. David Timson starts with Anglo-Saxon riddles and continues with medieval memories, Tudor comic turns and Restoration buffoonery. The rise of the novel in the eighteenth century brought classic humour from Swift, Sterne and Smollet, passing the mantle to Charles Dickens in the nineteenth century. Included here are rarities as well, from the antiquarian’s cupboard. There are also excerpts from children’s literature and twentieth-century classics as diverse as Dorothy Parker and P. G. Wodehouse. An entertainment from start to finish.

Laughter is unique to man. This delightful anthology presents some of the funniest extracts in English literature. David Timson starts with Anglo-Saxon riddles and continues with medieval memories, Tudor comic turns and Restoration buffoonery. The rise of the novel in the eighteenth century brought classic humour from Swift, Sterne and Smollet, passing the mantle to Charles Dickens in the nineteenth century. Included here are rarities as well, from the antiquarian’s cupboard. There are also excerpts from children’s literature and twentieth-century classics as diverse as Dorothy Parker and P. G. Wodehouse. An entertainment from start to finish.
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Genres:

Humor

Description:

Laughter is unique to man. This delightful anthology presents some of the funniest extracts in English literature. David Timson starts with Anglo-Saxon riddles and continues with medieval memories, Tudor comic turns and Restoration buffoonery. The rise of the novel in the eighteenth century brought classic humour from Swift, Sterne and Smollet, passing the mantle to Charles Dickens in the nineteenth century. Included here are rarities as well, from the antiquarian’s cupboard. There are also excerpts from children’s literature and twentieth-century classics as diverse as Dorothy Parker and P. G. Wodehouse. An entertainment from start to finish.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Griff Rhys Jones, Carole Boyd, Cathy Sara, John Moffatt, Jonathan Keeble

Length:

5h


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

00:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:30


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:33


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:08


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:49


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:11


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:02


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:17


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:11


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

01:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:11


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:33


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:39


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:47


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:25


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:36


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:28


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:53


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:39


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:36


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:46


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:19


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:06


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:25


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

00:59


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:08


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:52


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

01:46


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

10:38


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

10:31


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:11


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

09:47


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

10:03


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:00


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:41


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

01:40


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:14


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:14


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:08


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:02


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:30


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:03