My first dip into my Bollinger Wodehouse pile.
So, as I am waiting, I decided to sample one from my Bollinger Wodehouse pile Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday. It is 317 pages long, but is such an easy read it took me less than a day and reminded me of Alexander McCall Smith's work. It is an allegorical tale, I believe, about the recent Tony Blair government. The dubious art of bureaucracy comes over very well, and although I did find it generally entertaining, I found its humour gentle rather than hilarious.
It was a 'Richard and Judy Summer Read', won the Waverton Book award and is going to be made into a film. I can imagine a film working very well, and this will no doubt help to make the book even more popular.
A book that I have found hilarious is Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About by Mil Millington. It is, in fact, almost painfully funny - so much so I can only take a chapter at a time, and am rationing myself so it lasts a long time like a favourite treat.