Literary Laughs: Jessica Dettmann on her top five funny books

Literary Laughs: Jessica Dettmann on her top five funny books

About the author:

Jessica Dettmann is a Sydney-based writer and performer. Her blog, Life With Gusto, turns a sharp but affectionate eye on modern parenthood. She has performed her work several times at Giant Dwarf’s Story Club, and has appeared on their podcast.

After a decade working as an editor for Random House Australia and HarperCollins publishers she made the transition to writing after two small children rendered her housebound. She once appeared as the City of Sydney Christmas Angel and sat on top of the Town Hall in a frock that reached the street.

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Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods:

Before Cheryl Strayed discovered herself on the Appalachian Train in Wild, Bill Bryson did it. And he did it funnier. This book made me think I wanted to take up hiking long distances in forests, until I realised it actually made me want to take up writing funny things.

David Sedaris, Calypso:

Sedaris is a genius. This is his saddest book and his funniest. His defence of shopping is one of my favourite things.

Marian Keyes, Making It Up As I Go Along:

Keyes’ fiction is terrific but her non-fiction – absurd and true – is what really makes me laugh. Joyfully self-deprecating, she addresses everything from Antarctica to chairs in chemist shops in this collection of her journalism.

Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck:

Ephron was so smart, dry, sharp and honest. This sentence is perfection: ‘Sometimes I think that not having to worry about your hair anymore is the secret upside of death.’

Mo Willems, Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus:

Funny books for kids are hardly ever funny for adults. Mo Willems is always funny for everyone. Pigeon is a deranged, loose unit of a character and he cracks me up.

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                      Synopsis

                      A hilarious and heart-warming debut that captures the dramas, delights and delirium of modern parenting. This is Marian Keyes meets Allison Pearson, with a dash of Caitlin Moran.Going from one child to two is never all that easy for a family, but when Emma's husband simultaneously fathers a third child three doors up the street, things get very tricky, very fast.No longer is it enough for Emma to be the best wife and mother - now she's trying to be the best ex-wife, and the best part-time parent to her ex's love child, and that's before she even thinks about adding a new bloke to the mix.Set in an upwardly mobile, ultra-competitive suburb, this is a funny, biting, heart-warming modern comedy that looks at the roles we play, how we compete, and what happens when we dare to strive for second-best.
                      Jessica Dettmann
                      About the author

                      Jessica Dettmann

                      Jessica Dettmann is a Sydney-based writer and performer. Her blog, Life With Gusto, turns a sharp but affectionate eye on modern parenthood. She has performed her work several times at Giant Dwarf's Story Club, and has appeared on their podcast.After a decade working as an editor for Random House Australia and HarperCollins publishers she made the transition to writing after two small children rendered her housebound.She once appeared as the City of Sydney Christmas Angel and sat on top of the Town Hall in a frock that reached the street.

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