Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

For more elegant, witty writing from a hundred years ago, try these…

Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm for a hilarious fantasy novel about all the men in Oxford killing themselves out of love for one beautiful woman

Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley for an incredibly intelligent book about inflatable underpants

Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh for adventures of an innocent man in a deliciously sinful world

The Diary of a Nobody by George & Weedon Grossmith for ponderings from the suburb

This post was guest edited by writer Mark Forsyth. His latest book, The Elements of Eloquence, is out now. You can find him on Twitter.

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