Funny books with all kinds of humour

Funny books are a funny thing! Humour is a very personal choice – what makes one reader howl with laughter will leave another missing the joke. However, the best news is we are all experts on what tickles out funny bone. So what is your kind of funny?  The sophisticated, witty  rather droll kind of tale – or something more slapstick, in your face, outrageous? This is where covers play a huge part in the decisions we make when choosing a book to make us laugh – or should that be – raise a small smile. Look at the range of images below – trust your instincts and make a choice. They’re all here – jokey, clever, whimsical, amusing. And if the cover isn’t enough – click again and further assistance is immediately visible with a comment about the book and a short extract. A kind of try before you buy (or borrow). Enjoy the ride.

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Poppadom Preach

Almas Khan

The C Words

Mark Mason

My Elvis Blackout

Simon Crump

Selfish and Perverse

Bob Smith


Lily Prior

Terror Firma

Matthew Thomas

Number Ten

Sue Townsend

Day of the Oprichnik

Vladimir Sorokin

The Quiddity of Will Self

Sam Mills

Gabriel's Angel

Mark A Radcliffe

Something Rotten

Jasper Fforde

Loving Sabotage

Amelie Nothomb

Various Pets Alive and Dead

Marina Lewycka


Alan Bennett

The Funny Side: 101 Humorous Poems

Wendy Cope


Torsten Krol

The Cutting Edge of Barney Thomson

Douglas Lindsay

Beware of God

Shalom Auslander

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Muriel Barbery

Losing It

Ranjit Bolt

Some Things Matter: 63 Sonnets

James Nash

Jammy Dodger

Kevin Smith

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

Jonas Jonasson

Driving Big Davie

Colin Bateman


David Llewellyn

Before and After

Matthew Thomas

Tickled Pink

Rita Rudner

While the Sun Shines

John Harding

The Electric Michelangelo

Sarah Hall

Cooking with Fernet Branca

James Hamilton-Paterson

Good Girls Shouldn't

Veena S Halai

That Awkward Age

Roger McGough

Karloff's Circus

Steve Aylett

No Way to Treat a Lady

Christopher Buckley

Lucky Dog

Mark Barrowcliffe


Patrick Neate

The Lonely Polygamist

Brady Udall

One Day

David Nicholls

Sea Otters Gambolling in the Wild Wild Surf

John Bennett

Marvellous Hairy

Mark A Rayner

The Extra Large Medium

Helen Slavin


Kinky Friedman

Benny and Shrimp

Katarina Mazetti

Waltzing the Cat

Pam Houston

Blue Spark Sisters

Chrissie Glazebrook


Garrison Keillor

Bird Brain

Guy Kennaway

Future Popes of Ireland

Darragh Martin

Grow Up

Ben Brooks