When You Are Engulfed In Flames
Criminally under-read and underrated in the UK, American-in-Paris Davis Sedaris is a superb chronicler of the absurdities of everyday life, whose essays appear in The New Yorker as well as in his wonderful books of real-life stories. But you don't need to have read his previous work to enjoy When You Are Engulfed In Flames, just a sense of humour. Although many of the essays share the common theme of death and are packaged with a scary title and vaguely threatening cover, don't be put off: there is a comic masterpiece within.
When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris, £6.99 from Amazon.co.uk