Research into humour [& humor] has increased exponentially in the last 50 years. Herewith is a list of books and articles sourced from various websites and libraries. Please feel free to send us other useful articles, updates, books and anything else related to the use of humour.

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“A sense of humour. You will need humour in adversity. It will save the day. The British sense of humour is unique, cutting, direct, dark, raw, filthy, clever and nuanced. Learn to laugh at yourself. Learn to banter.
For all else, have a cup of tea. It helps. I promise.”

Jim Smith’s view on British humour

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