Jerome K. Jerome
Three Men in the Dark collects Jerome’s major horror stories, together with a selection from two of his friends with whom he founded the magazines The Idler and Today – the journalist Robert Barr and the humorist Barry Pain. Like Jerome, their stories of terror and the supernatural have been overlooked for many years.
Edited and introduced by veteran anthologist Hugh Lamb, this new edition includes as an extra bonus the long-lost novelette, ‘The Mystery of Black Rock Creek’. Written in five parts by Jerome K. Jerome, Barry Pain, Eden Phillpotts, E. F. Benson and Bram Stoker’s brother-in-law Frank Frankfort Moore, it rounds off one of the most unusual and entertaining anthologies of the macabre of recent years.
Three Men in a Boat is the irreverent tale of a group of friends who, along with a fox terrier named Montmorency, embark on a two-week boating journey up the Thames. Passing by famous landmarks on their way from Kingston to Oxford, the three gloriously underprepared travelers—George, William, and J.—confront the humor in everything from assembling a tent to fending off hostile swans. Originally conceived as a travel guide, the narrative instead evolved into a sharply witty tale replete with historical anecdotes, raucous digressions, and unforgettable misadventures.
As funny and relatable today as it was more than a century ago, Three Men in a Boat was recently ranked by the Guardian as one of the twenty-five best novels of all time and by Esquire UK as one of the top twenty funniest books ever written.
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Jerome's timeless comedy follows the trio's misadventures as they struggle with camping equipment and meal preparation, confront rampant hypochondria and unreliable weather, and contend with other disasters — all of which trumpet simple truths that still resonate today.
So begin the hilarious misadventures of a merry, but scandalously lazy band of well-to-do young men-and a plucky and rather world-weary fox terrier named Montmorency-on an idyllic cruise along the River Thames. Feeling seedy, muses one of them dreamily, "What we want is rest." What they find instead is one hapless catastrophe after another. Soggy weather, humiliating dunkings, the irritating behavior of small boats and the "contrariness of teakettles" are just a few of the barbarisms our genteel heroes are forced to endure. But which a delighted reader can only sing, Hooray!
First published in 1889, Three Men in a Boat was an instant success, and Jerome has been compared to comic master P.G. Wodehouse.
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There were four of us--George, and William Samuel Harris, and myself, and Montmorency. We were sitting in my room, smoking, and talking about how bad we were--bad from a medical point of view I mean, of course.
We were all feeling seedy, and we were getting quite nervous about it. Harris said he felt such extraordinary fits of giddiness come over him at times, that he hardly knew what he was doing; and then George said that he had fits of giddiness too, and hardly knew what he was doing. With me, it was my liver that was out of order. I knew it was my liver that was out of order, because I had just been reading a patent liver-pill circular, ...
THE DIARY OF A NOBODY
Mr Charles Pooter is a respectable man. He has just moved into a very desirable home in Holloway with his dear wife Carrie, from where he commutes to his job of valued clerk at a reputable bank in the City. Unfortunately neither his dear friends Mr Cummings and Mr Gowing, nor the butcher, the greengrocer's boy, nor the Lord Mayor seem to recognise Mr Pooter's innate gentility, and his disappointing son Lupin has gone and got himself involved with a most unsuitable fiancee...
George and Weedon Grossmith's comic novel, perfectly illustrated by Weedon, is a glorious, affectionate caricature of the English middle-class at the end of nineteenth century.
THREE MEN IN A BOAT
ILLUSTRATED BY VIC REEVES
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. Jerome K. Jerome's delightful novel has kept readers smiling for years and his prose has found a perfect partner in Vic Reeves's glorious and witty illustrations.
AT CHRIGHTON ABBEY, by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
THE HAUNTED MILL, by Jerome K. Jerome
THE GHOST CLUB, by John Kendrick Bangs
THE SHADOWS OF THE DEAD, by Louis Becke
THE ROOM IN THE TOWER, by E. F. Benson
THE HAUNTED AND THE HAUNTERS, by Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton
THE MIDDLE BEDROOM, by H. de Vere Stacpoole
THE DRUMMER GHOST, by John William DeForest
MISS JÉROMETTE AND THE CLERGYMAN, by Wilkie Collins
THE SPECTRE BRIDE, by William Harrison Ainsworth
THE TAPESTRIED CHAMBER; or, The Lady in the Square, by Sir Walter Scott
THE OLD NURSE’S STORY, by Elizabeth Gaskell
THE JUDGE’S HOUSE, by Bram Stoker
AT THE END OF THE PASSAGE, by Rudyard Kipling
THE WITHERED ARM, by Thomas Hardy
JOHN CHARRINGTON’S WEDDING, by Edith Nesbit
THE MAN OF SCIENCE, by Jerome K. Jerome
WHAT DID MISS DARRINGTON SEE? by Emma B. Cobb
A GHOST STORY, by Mark Twain
THE SOUL OF ROSE DÉDÉ, by M.E.M. Davis
THE HOUSE OF THE NIGHTMARE, by Edward Lucas White
REALITY OR DELUSION? by Mrs Henry Wood
FISHER’S GHOST, by John Lang
THROUGH THE IVORY GATE, by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
THE COLD EMBRACE, by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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