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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409076094
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

Three Men in a Boat




'I fell out of bed laughing at Three Men in a Boat' Guardian

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.

ILLUSTRATED WITH THIRTY ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY COMEDIAN AND ARTIST VIC REEVES - EXCLUSIVE TO VINTAGE CLASSICS

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409076094
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the Authors

Jerome K Jerome

George and Weedon Grossmith were born in London in 1847 and 1852 respectively to a theatrical family who were friends with Henry Irving and Ellen Terry. George became a popular composer and performer of comic songs as well as a successful actor. Weedon trained as a painter at the Slade and the Royal Academy, but soon turned to acting like his brother. The Diary of a Nobody began life as a series of columns the brothers wrote together for Punch which they later expanded into a novel. It was published in 1892, with Weedon's illustrations, to instant acclaim and has remained in print ever since. George died in 1912, followed by his brother in 1919.

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.

Vic Reeves

Vic Reeves is one of the UK's most popular comedians. His TV successes with Bob Mortimer have included Vic Reeves Big Night Out, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars and Families at War.


Praise for Three Men in a Boat

“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

“One of the funniest books I've ever read. I laughed out loud and that doesn't happen often”

Vic Reeves, Daily Express

“Brought laughter to a country in the throes of Victorian gloom”

The Times

“As well as being very funny, it captures the innocence of a time before adventure became synonymous with bungee jumping into ravines in faraway places”

Observer

“Reading it is like spending time with a favourite uncle whose anecdotes you'd happily listen to over and over again because...it makes you laugh”

Alice Fisher, The Observer

“Having made it to number two in Esquire's funniest books list, Jerome K Jerome's comic tale of boat-bound idlers is reissued this month, with 30 charming illustrations by a certain Vic Reeves”

Esquire

“A lovely jacketed hardback... Reeves captures absolutely Jerome's droll, gentle and thoroughly English sense of the absurd... perfect alfresco spring reading.”

Claire Allfrey, Metro

“Go on a journey without leaving your chair.”

Harper’s Bazaar

“One of the 'classics' of English humorous literature”

Contemporary Review


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