Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K  Jerome

Three Men in a Boat

Written by Jerome K Jerome

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A novel that hilariously captures the spirit of its age.

What Ali Sparkes, author of Dark Summer and also the Shapeshifter series says of the title and its author:

- Now although this isn’t a children’s book, Three Men In A Boat is something that every bookworm MUST read by the time they turn 14. The story of the author, his two friends and Montmorency the dog, on a boating holiday is strewn with mad incidents involving cheese, scary unopenable tins and a dead dog floating by in the water. I laughed so much I nearly ruptured myself.

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Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome

What could be more relaxing than a refreshing holiday on the river with your two best friends and faithful canine companion, Montmorency? However, as J discovers, there is more to life on the waves than meets the eye - including navigational challenges, culinary disasters, and heroic battles with swans, kettles and tins of pineapple.


'Wonderfully fresh and funny, and among examples of Victorian humour I would place it high in the pantheon, right up there with The Importance of Being Earnest and The Diary of a Nobody…Jerome's writing…triumphantly stands the test of time, with its comic flights of exaggeration, its occasional archness, and its entirely innocent hint of the camp' Daily Telegraph

'A charming comedy of friendship and human nature' Independent

'Brought laughter to a country in the throes of Victorian gloom' The Times

'One of the funniest books I've ever read. I laughed out loud and that doesn't happen often Vic Reeves' Daily Express

About the Author

Jerome K  Jerome

Jerome Klapka Jerome was born in Walsall on 2 May 1859 and brought up in East London. After his father died, Jerome left school at fourteen and worked as a railway clerk, actor, journalist and teacher. In 1885 he published On the Stage – and Off which was followed in 1886 by Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow. In 1888 Jerome married Georgina Stanley and a year later he published his most famous work, Three Men in a Boat. The sequel, Three Men on the Bummel, appeared in 1900. Jerome also wrote several other novels, plays, stories and autobiographical writings, edited The Idler and Today magazines and, during the First World War, worked for the French ambulance service. Jerome K. Jerome died on 14 June 1927.

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Vintage Books

Publication date

2nd April 2009




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