Three Men in a Boat


Jerome K Jerome’s 1889 book Three Men in a Boat was originally intended to be a serious travel book. Describing a journey along the River Thames between Kingston and Oxford, it was so funny that it became a classic comic novel. People still find the book funny today.

The men in the story are based on the author and two of his friends. The book describes their journey up the river, passing landmarks and villages. Fans of the book sometimes travel the same route as the characters in the book.

Because of the overwhelming success of Three Men in a Boat, Jerome later published a sequel, about a cycling tour in Germany, titled Three Men on the Bummel.


You can buy this story as a graded reader book (with an audio CD). It is suitable for B2 (Upper Intermediate) level students of English. Get this book here.


journey, noun [C], a time spent travelling from one place to another, especially over a long distance
landmark, noun [C], something that is easy to recognize, such as a building which helps you know where you are
overwhelming, adjective, having such a great effect on you that you feel confused and do not know how to react
sequel, noun [C], a book, film, play etc that continues the story of an earlier one

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