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Geoff (G. Robbins) (The noisy passionfruit) (Snibborg) | 5089 comments Sorry I haven't a Clue on Radio 4 has a round called something like Failed Book Titles.

Here are mine to start it off:

Nicholas Manserrat's famous The Insensitive Sea
John Steinbeck's Grapes of Indignation

Kath Middleton | 16823 comments Two men on a raft?

Frank Hood | 5 comments How about Hemingway's The Aged Person and the Large Body of Water?

Geoff (G. Robbins) (The noisy passionfruit) (Snibborg) | 5089 comments Excellent Folks. Keep them coming.

Dr Maybe
Captain Corelli's Banjo


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Patti (baconater) (Goldengreene) | 41517 comments The Life of Pie


Hmmm not very good at this, I think...

Patti (baconater) (Goldengreene) | 41517 comments Ooo how about

Stephen King's 'The Sit'

Kath Middleton | 16823 comments King Solomon's Test pits.
Uncle Tom's Cabinet.
And our own Steve Robinson's In The Blurb.
(Do you think I got away with that?)

Karen (Kew) | 4038 comments I need *like* buttons for all of these! :0)

Geoff (G. Robbins) (The noisy passionfruit) (Snibborg) | 5089 comments Robert Graves I Clawed dias.

Getting desperate now ;-)

Geoff (G. Robbins) (The noisy passionfruit) (Snibborg) | 5089 comments One close to my heart

Moby Duck


Darren Humphries (Darrenhf) | 5751 comments The Hitch-hiker's Guide to Putney?

Simon (Highwayman) (highwayman) | 4548 comments Reasonable expectations.

Patti (baconater) (Goldengreene) | 41517 comments How many mates did you have to poll down the pub to get that one, Simon? ;)
I got

Jane Airy Fairy.

You win.

Caroline (CarolineCaroline) | 69 comments I failed at this because I quickly realised that my first thought Catcher in the Barley actually sounds better than Catcher in the Rye!

Catcher in the Corn is a bit corny though...

Caroline (CarolineCaroline) | 69 comments Geoff wrote: "One close to my heart

Moby Duck


That is the best so far!

Patti (baconater) (Goldengreene) | 41517 comments I agree that Moby Duck is marvellous. However, I do think that 'Grapes of Indignation' is the closest to the perfect pun so far. In my most humble opinion, of course.
C'mon you lot! Do better then!
My offerings have been rather sad. Never mind. They made me giggle!
Isn't it lovely that we can be silly together!

Kath Middleton | 16823 comments HG Wells - the War of the Wolds
Graham Green - Our Man in Havant
Neville Shute - A Town Like Alnwick

In view of some people's comments here,-
James Joyce's - Useless

A collaboration between Betty Smith and Monica Ali -
A Tree Grows in Brick Lane

Geoff (G. Robbins) (The noisy passionfruit) (Snibborg) | 5089 comments These are great, I'm having a real chuckle. I was trying to think of something around war of the Worlds, but couldn't think of anything. Wolds is perfect.

The Thyme Machine
Average Expectations
Of Ice and Men
The House at Dung Corner


Kath Middleton | 16823 comments Joseph Conrad - The Heart of Twilight
Katsuo Ishiguro - The Remains of the Dinner
Jon Rosenberg - The Donkey Crisis (Doesn't work, does it?)

Geoff (G. Robbins) (The noisy passionfruit) (Snibborg) | 5089 comments Narwhal?
The Unicycle Crisis?


Jud (Disney Diva) (Judibud) | 15837 comments Charlie and the cardboard factory

Kath Middleton | 16823 comments Ray Bradbury - Celsius 230
Sandy Dumas - the Three Mountaineers
John Steinbeck - of Rats and Women (I've said too much!)

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Patti (baconater) (Goldengreene) | 41517 comments Silence of the Goats

Snow Falling on Shrubbery

Geoff (G. Robbins) (The noisy passionfruit) (Snibborg) | 5089 comments LOL. Patti, didn't Thomas Harris do a prequel to that set in the north of England - Manchunter?


Geoff (G. Robbins) (The noisy passionfruit) (Snibborg) | 5089 comments Oh sorry, that was the film - the book was Red Drag On.


Patti (baconater) (Goldengreene) | 41517 comments He also did 'Plaid Dragon' I think...

Geoff (G. Robbins) (The noisy passionfruit) (Snibborg) | 5089 comments Very good Patti. Would that have had a matching dust jacket do you think?


Kath Middleton | 16823 comments Raymond Chandler - The Long Farewell my friend and may your God go with you
Richard Dawkins - The Cod Delusion
Jean M Auel - The Clan of the Teddy Bears

For fellow Jane Austin fans -
Pride and Prune Juice
Sense and Sensuality
Mansfield Breweries

The Silence of the Clams (apologies to Pattie who has already done this one.)

Kath Middleton | 16823 comments Come on Geoff, keep up!

A few for children,
The Lion the Watch and the Garderobe
The Voyage of the Grape Treader
The Phoenix and the Lino

The Girl with the Dragon Mother-in-law

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Patti (baconater) (Goldengreene) | 41517 comments The Outhouse at Pooh Corner

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Kath Middleton | 16823 comments Frederick Marryat - Mr Midshipman Simples
Katsuo Ishiguro - Never let me go-go

(Patti is awake, I see!)

Patti (baconater) (Goldengreene) | 41517 comments Little Tent on the Field

Patti (baconater) (Goldengreene) | 41517 comments Green Eggs and Spam

Kath Middleton | 16823 comments Man and Supermarket

Patti (baconater) (Goldengreene) | 41517 comments Alphabet Soup for the Soul

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Shelagh (shelaghwatkins) | 79 comments Gone with the Flatulence

Wallace's Dentures in Cumberland

Alex Threw the Puking Lass

Hairy Putter and the Dreaded Holes

Darren Humphries (Darrenhf) | 5751 comments Brilliant, brilliant all. Now I must try and come up with some, although I could say that Insomnia put me straight to sleep.

Geoff (G. Robbins) (The noisy passionfruit) (Snibborg) | 5089 comments Damp Squib of the Vanities - Tom Wolf
The Sum of all Uneasiness - Tom Clancy
Finnigan's Wake up Call - James Joyce
War and Piecemeal - Tolstoy


Patti (baconater) (Goldengreene) | 41517 comments Life, the Universe and Whatnot

Under the how dumb were we for paying actual hard earned dosh to read such mulch by Stephen King

Kath Middleton | 16823 comments Lyyne Reid Banks - The L Shaped Rune
Dennis Wheatley - The Car of Gifford Hillary
Nick Hornby - About a Boil

Lastly (for now)
Louisa May Alcott's Big Women (Phwoar!)

Kath Middleton | 16823 comments How Green was my Grocer
Great Expectorations
Slightly queezy on the Orient Express

Jud (Disney Diva) (Judibud) | 15837 comments Jude the obvious

Simon (Highwayman) (highwayman) | 4548 comments The book borrower.

Volone | 14 comments Tolstoy's lost masterpiece: Hand Her Career In Here
Baroness Orczy's lesser known: The Scarlet Punpernickel
From Wilkie Collins' reject pile: The Woman In Taupe
Mary Shelley's first attempt set in England: Frank N. Smith
Emily Bronte's paen to very poor torches: Withering Lights
John Buchan's budget opus: 29 Steps

Caroline (CarolineCaroline) | 69 comments A Clockwork Banana?

Volone | 14 comments Washington Irving’s unlamented “The Headstrong Horseman”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s not quite seminal work “Crime And A Police Caution”
Kafka’s “The Preliminary Hearing”
Homer: “The Day Trip”

Patti (baconater) (Goldengreene) | 41517 comments Jack London's Beige Dentures

Volone | 14 comments From the annals of Fairy Tales

Hans Christian Andersen's "The Unsightly Cygnet"
In the paranormal genre: Goldilocks And The Three Weres
And wolves beware, here comes "Little Red Riding Hoodie"

Patti (baconater) (Goldengreene) | 41517 comments This is my favourite thread.

Love the titles you're posting, volone!

Kath Middleton | 16823 comments I've even got Mr Ignite at it - his suggestions were -
Withering Tights (by Nora Batty?)
The Picnic Papers
Goodbye Mr Fish

From me again
Another Dickens - Zombie and Son

And finally - one for Geoff -
David Mitchell's Black Duck Green

PS - Just thought, Nithering Heights would be locally colloquial for perishing cold heights. Hmm. Idle thought there.

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