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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Landing Gear

Kate Pullinger

The Funny Side: 101 Humorous Poems

Wendy Cope

The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman

Mamen Sanchez

The Page Turner

David Leavitt

Dona Nicanora's Hat Shop

Kirstan Hawkins

Loving Sabotage

Amelie Nothomb

Something Rotten

Jasper Fforde

A New World

Amit Chaudhuri

Some Things Matter: 63 Sonnets

James Nash

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

Jonas Jonasson

The Oversight

Will Eaves

Park and Ride

Miranda Sawyer

Mammon Inc.

Hwee Tan

Man's World

Rupert Smith

The C Words

Mark Mason

Getting It!

Jane Blanchard

Playing James

Sarah Mason

Tomorrow I'll Be Twenty

Alain Mabanckou


Nan McCarthy

P-Town Summer

Lisa Stocker

Fair Game

Elizabeth Young

Selfish and Perverse

Bob Smith

Good Girls Shouldn't

Veena S Halai


Chris Keil

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

Farahad Zama

The Happy Numbers of Julius Miles

Jim Keeble

The Impossible Fortress

Jason Rekulak

Apocalypse for Beginners

Nicholas Dickner

Companions of Paradise

Thalassa Ali

The Dirty Girls Social Club

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

Dreaming of Strangers

Matt Thorne

Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather

Pierre Szalowski

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith

Cooking with Fernet Branca

James Hamilton-Paterson

Riding Electric Horses into the Voids of Time

Alex Laishley

A Guide to the Birds of East Africa

Nicholas Drayson

Number Ten

Sue Townsend

Whatever You Want

Rachel Timms and Laurence Hayes

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Abbi Waxman

The Offing

Benjamin Myers

Old Baggage

Lissa Evans

Forget Love

Babsy Tom

No Way to Treat a Lady

Christopher Buckley

Various Pets Alive and Dead

Marina Lewycka

Valeria's Last Stand

Marc Fitten


Andrew Sean Greer

Losing It

Ranjit Bolt

This is Life

Dan Rhodes


Lily Prior

The Saturday Night Ghost Club

Craig Davidson