Happy books to cheer you up

There are times when only a happy book will do – and you’ve landed in the right place to find that special book full of sunshine and delight. So, if you’re looking for a novel or a collection of poetry to spread some joy and give your flagging spirts a boost, check out this great selection of titles for a cheerful, upbeat reading experience.

Real life happiness can be fleeting but the good news is that reading the right book will soon immerse you in a fictional world with a great feel-good mood. Check out the cover, the reader comment and an extract to make the best choice for you. We promise these books will deliver an experience that will leave you feeling relaxed and contented. So please go ahead and explore these happy books – you deserve them.

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The Funny Side: 101 Humorous Poems

Wendy Cope

Dona Nicanora's Hat Shop

Kirstan Hawkins

Loving Sabotage

Amelie Nothomb

The Page Turner

David Leavitt

Something Rotten

Jasper Fforde

Landing Gear

Kate Pullinger

The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman

Mamen Sanchez

Various Pets Alive and Dead

Marina Lewycka

The Oversight

Will Eaves

Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather

Pierre Szalowski

No Way to Treat a Lady

Christopher Buckley

A New World

Amit Chaudhuri

This is Life

Dan Rhodes

The Offing

Benjamin Myers

Some Things Matter: 63 Sonnets

James Nash


Lily Prior

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

Jonas Jonasson

The Dirty Girls Social Club

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez


Andrew Sean Greer

The C Words

Mark Mason

P-Town Summer

Lisa Stocker

Mammon Inc.

Hwee Tan

Cooking with Fernet Branca

James Hamilton-Paterson

Valeria's Last Stand

Marc Fitten

The Impossible Fortress

Jason Rekulak

Forget Love

Babsy Tom

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

Farahad Zama

The Happy Numbers of Julius Miles

Jim Keeble

Getting It!

Jane Blanchard

Selfish and Perverse

Bob Smith

Losing It

Ranjit Bolt

Number Ten

Sue Townsend

A Guide to the Birds of East Africa

Nicholas Drayson

Old Baggage

Lissa Evans

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith

Park and Ride

Miranda Sawyer


Nan McCarthy

Dreaming of Strangers

Matt Thorne

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Abbi Waxman

Good Girls Shouldn't

Veena S Halai

Companions of Paradise

Thalassa Ali

Whatever You Want

Rachel Timms and Laurence Hayes


Chris Keil

Fair Game

Elizabeth Young

Apocalypse for Beginners

Nicholas Dickner

Playing James

Sarah Mason

Riding Electric Horses into the Voids of Time

Alex Laishley

Tomorrow I'll Be Twenty

Alain Mabanckou

Man's World

Rupert Smith

Jonathan Unleashed

Meg Rosoff