Jerome K Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)
It is a work of fiction featuring three friends from London taking a leaisure trip by boat upstream the Thames River to Oxford. ‘J.’ - the narrator is travelling along with two companions - George (no surname noted), William Samuel Harris and the dog - Montmorency.
J and his friends, during a meeting in J's appartment decide to go on a trip. They convince themselves that they are ill because of overwork. The chosen treatment? Short vacation. They rule out extremeties, like sea cruise and decide on taking a boat trip by day and camping on the same rented boat by night. The trip is supposed to take them to Oxford by Thames River.
They leave the next Saturday. George, forced to work in the morning, says that he will join them later. The rest of the company - J, William and the dog, together with a mountain or luggage, decide to ride to Waterloo station by a taxi. They struggle to find an appropriate train to Kingston, so eventually, they decide to bribe the engine driver who takes them there by his train. We can say that it's one of tones of small comedy-like set-pieces which the book something more than just a narrated travelogue. George catches up at Weybridge, with a dubious-looking package under his arm and it turns out to be a banjo with a how-to-play-a-banjo manual.
The whole piece story is a well-sewn tapestry of consecutive event, humorous anecdotes, loosely connected digressions and descriptions of places the pass along the way. Those are the most obvious hints pointing in the direction of author's supposed intention - writing a guidebook. What he actually achieved was a classic of British humorous writing.