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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Gabriel's Angel

Mark A Radcliffe

Something Rotten

Jasper Fforde

Day of the Oprichnik

Vladimir Sorokin

Poppadom Preach

Almas Khan

Various Pets Alive and Dead

Marina Lewycka

Selfish and Perverse

Bob Smith

Number Ten

Sue Townsend


Alan Bennett

My Elvis Blackout

Simon Crump

Beware of God

Shalom Auslander

The Quiddity of Will Self

Sam Mills

Terror Firma

Matthew Thomas

The C Words

Mark Mason

Loving Sabotage

Amelie Nothomb


Torsten Krol


Lily Prior

The Cutting Edge of Barney Thomson

Douglas Lindsay

The Funny Side: 101 Humorous Poems

Wendy Cope

One Day

David Nicholls

The Seed Collectors

Scarlett Thomas

The Adulterants

Joe Dunthorne

A Madness of Angels

Kate Griffin

Blue Spark Sisters

Chrissie Glazebrook

Touchy Subjects

Emma Donoghue

Waltzing the Cat

Pam Houston


Garrison Keillor

Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar

Olga Wojtas

Stormy Weather

Carl Hiaasen

One Big Damn Puzzler

John Harding

The Teleportation Accident

Ned Beauman

Pursuit of Alice Thrift

Elinor Lipman

Man's World

Rupert Smith


David Llewellyn

Columbia Road

Matt Whyman

Grow Up

Ben Brooks


Will Ferguson

Island of the Sequined Love Nun

Christopher Moore

Boys and Girls

Joseph Connolly

I'll Sell You a Dog

Juan Pablo Villalobos

The Wedding

Imraan Coovadia

No Way to Treat a Lady

Christopher Buckley

The Big Over Easy

Jasper Fforde

Turning Thirty

Mike Gayle

Lucky Dog

Mark Barrowcliffe

In at the Deep End

Kate Davies

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

Heather O'Neill

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Muriel Barbery

The Ambitious Stepmother

Fidelis Morgan

The Hunger Trace

Edward Hogan