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Three Men in a Boat To Say Nothing of the Dog by Jerome K. Jerome, Jeremy Lewis

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Men rarely get the chance to go on holiday together, but typically when they do there will be mischief, fun, and disaster. Though published in 1889, Jerome’s account of three men and a dog’s boat trip along the upper reaches of the Thames remains wonderfully undated, and the hilarious situations they find themselves in and observations they make are wholly believable. No wonder that The Guardian ranked the book 33 in The 100 Greatest Books of All Time in 2003, and Esquire ranked it 2 in The 50 Funniest Books Ever in 2009.


Three Men in a Boat To Say Nothing of the Dog by Jerome K. Jerome, Jeremy Lewis

Martyrs to hypochondria and general seediness, J. and his friends George and Harris decide that a jaunt up the Thames would suit them to a T'. But when they set off, they can hardly predict the troubles that lie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather-forecasts and tins of pineapple chunks not to mention the devastation left in the wake of J.'s small fox-terrier Montmorency. Three Men in a Boat was an instant success when it appeared in 1889, and, with its benign escapism, authorial discursions and wonderful evocation of the late-Victorian clerking classes', it hilariously captured the spirit of its age.



About the Author

Jerome K Jerome (1859-1927) became an actor and published a couple of volumes of humorous pieces and light essays about the theatre. He achieved lasting fame with THREE MEN IN A BOAT. He later went on to become one of the founders of the humorous magazine, The Idler, and continued to write articles and plays.

Jeremy Lewis has recently written a biography of Cyril Connolly and has edited the Raffles books.

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Publication date

25th March 2004


Jerome K. Jerome, Jeremy Lewis

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Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd


224 pages


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