We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
While technically not "British" Colfer writes in the grand tradition of UK fantasy and I really enjoy his books. If you appreciate dry wit, writers like Simon Green ("Nightside" series), Terry Pratchett ("Discworld" series) are also worthy of consideration. Neil Giaman is another worthy author although I believe that he's much too impressed with his skills as a yarn spinner as he can get a little obtuse and weighty at times. That being said, but frankly, Gaiman's "American Gods" is a brilliant work as is "Good Omens" which he wrote with Terry Pratchett.
For the Marines, there is Mary Gentile's "Grunts" which is, well there's no other way to describe it, unbelievably funny and gross at the same time. It's a book about some Orcs who become enamoured of the US Marine Corps and hilatiry ensues.