Joke a minute

59. The Channel Island Joke Book edited by Jason Grainger

This was a nice little bonus with Donkey’s Ears Ago, the prequel to Donkey’s Ears Apart, that I discussed here recently. There’s a brief introduction, particularly useful to non-islanders, about the internal stereotypes of the different Channel Islands, and then a series of jokes roughly arranged into themed chapters. Many of the jokes seem basically familiar from elsewhere in the English-speaking world (especially the British Isles) but there are some indigenous ones too, particularly the chapter of jokes from and about the German Occupation of the Channel Islands, which certainly couldn’t be from elsewhere in English. Some of the jokes are a little blue, but there are plenty of family-friendly ones too.

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