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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My Elvis Blackout

Simon Crump

The Funny Side: 101 Humorous Poems

Wendy Cope

Poppadom Preach

Almas Khan


Lily Prior

Day of the Oprichnik

Vladimir Sorokin

The Quiddity of Will Self

Sam Mills

The C Words

Mark Mason

Number Ten

Sue Townsend


Torsten Krol

Selfish and Perverse

Bob Smith

Terror Firma

Matthew Thomas

Loving Sabotage

Amelie Nothomb

Various Pets Alive and Dead

Marina Lewycka


Alan Bennett

Beware of God

Shalom Auslander

The Cutting Edge of Barney Thomson

Douglas Lindsay

Gabriel's Angel

Mark A Radcliffe

Something Rotten

Jasper Fforde

The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman

Mamen Sanchez

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe

Romain Puértolas

The Ambitious Stepmother

Fidelis Morgan

The Manual of Detection

Jedediah Berry

Magnificent Bastards

Rich Hall

Bird Brain

Guy Kennaway

The Adulterants

Joe Dunthorne

Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar

Olga Wojtas

The Prophet Murders

Mehnet Murat Somer

Boys and Girls

Joseph Connolly

The Teleportation Accident

Ned Beauman

Gods Behaving Badly

Marie Phillips

Columbia Road

Matt Whyman


Will Ferguson

The End of Sleep

Rowan Somerville


Niall Griffiths

Driving Big Davie

Colin Bateman

Marvellous Hairy

Mark A Rayner

Chalcot Crescent

Fay Weldon

No Way to Treat a Lady

Christopher Buckley

Grow Up

Ben Brooks

Lucky Dog

Mark Barrowcliffe

Pursuit of Alice Thrift

Elinor Lipman

The Last Girlfriend on Earth

Simon Rich

Future Popes of Ireland

Darragh Martin


Andrew Sean Greer

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Muriel Barbery

Waltzing the Cat

Pam Houston


Garrison Keillor

In at the Deep End

Kate Davies

Something Borrowed

Paul Magrs