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Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

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Jerome Jerome.  Two words into the review and already Word is complaining and suggest I “delete repeated word”.  I cannot, though, as Jerome Jerome -  the fourth child of Jerome Jerome – is one of the funniest and most underrated English writers of all time.  And Three Men in a Boat is arguably his greatest work.  Yet, while authors like P G Wodehouse is famed across the globe, hardly anyone has heard of Jerome (as I shall refer to him to silence Word) outside Great Britain.

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Wilt (Tom Sharpe)

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In this hysterically funny book, we are back in the 1970s.  Bad taste in clothes and free love is the backdrop to the story of Henry Wilt, a demoralized and professionally under-rated assistant lecturer who teaches literature to uninterested construction apprentices at a community college in the south of England.  Wilt, tied to a daft job and a domineering wife, has just been passed over for promotion yet again.  With no prospect of promotion or success, Wilt spends his days dreaming of killing his wife in various gruesome ways. But a string of unfortunate events – including being stuck in an inflatable plastic female doll – start Wilt on a farcical journey. Wilt finds himself in several embarrassing positions: Eva stalks out in stratospheric dudgeon, and Wilt, under the inspiration of gin, puts one of his more vindictive fantasies into effect. Continue reading

The Code of the Woosters (P. G. Wodehouse)

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Buy The Code of the Woosters by P. G. Wodehouse.  Published in 1938, but still one of the funniest books ever written!

When it comes to funny books, many lists include recent publications of novels. However, the novel The Code of the Woosters by author P.G. Wodehouse, published in 1938, must certainly be included in a list of humorous books. This novel is the third in a series by author P.G. Wodehouse featuring his well-known characters named Bertie Wooster and a man who works as his valet named Jeeves. This humorous novel has grown in popularity over the years, even being featured in two syndicated newspapers in both the United States and Britain. Continue reading

Making Money (Terry Pratchett)

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Buy Making Money by Terry Pratchett and see a world not unlike ours, but much more fun. 

The novel Making Money by author Terry Pratchett was first published in 2007. It is the second novel in a series known as “Discworld” written by the same author. The book serves as a comedic look at the economy and the way in which money is valued by society through a science fiction genre. The author has written a book on a similar topic previously, with this new novel joining the ranks of his funny books. Continue reading

Last Chance to See (Douglas Adams)

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Buy Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams. A book by one of the funniest men ever to pick up a pen.

The novel Last Chance to See by author Douglas Adams is meant to have a serious tone, however its humorous author’s influence has made it one of many funny books.  The non-fiction novel was first published in 1990 and it chronicles a serious journey undertaken by author Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine. The pair set out on a journey across the world to observe and see a group of animals facing extinction. The goal of the duo was to see these animals themselves while they are still in existence. Continue reading

Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)

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Buy Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. A cult book, and perhaps the funniest texts in the Galaxy.

The novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is considered one of the most popular and successful funny books in the literary world. The novel itself has been both re-written and re-released on multiple occasions, but it was first published in its first edition in 1979. Adams actually wrote and released what is known as a “trilogy” series of five books after publishing the first novel. These five books were published in the years 1979 through 1992. It has become a huge success in many media formats, including films, comic books and videos games. Continue reading

Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)

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The novel Catch-22 was written by Joseph Heller and first published in 1961. This funny book provides a satirical and sometimes humorous look at a fictional squadron stationed near the Mediterranean Sea in Italy during World War II. Set in the later part of the war, the book begins to tell its tale in the mid 1940’s and progresses through the end of World War II. The author uses the irony of the disjointed way in which the story is recounted to elicit humor in the reader. Continue reading

Bridget Jones’ Diary (Helen Fielding)

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Buy Bridget Jones’ Diary (Helen Fielding). Even better than the film!

The novel Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding was first published in 1996 and has sold millions of copies worldwide in the years since its publication. The novel was also adapted into a popular film adaptation in 2001 starring actress Renee Zellweger. The novel is written in the voice of a British woman named Bridget Jones who is writing entries about the details of her life in a personal diary. Jones often tells humorous stories about her job, struggles with her weight and her dramatic love life, making for a funny book. Continue reading

A Year in the Merde (Stephen Clarke)

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Buy A year in the Merde. Not good enough for publishers, until it sold about a billion copies as a self published work.

The novel A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke was published in 2004 under the pen name Paul West. Clarke later revealed his identity as the author after the novel gained worldwide success. This funny book follows the story of main character Paul West, a British man who moves to France after he is hired to open a chain of tea rooms in Paris, France. The novel is set in 2002 and 2003, a time in France where many citizens were in upheaval due to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Clarke pokes fun at stereotypical French citizens throughout the novel as well as pointing out the many flaws of the country’s leaders. Continue reading

A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole)

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Buy A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole). First published in 1980.

When it comes to funny books, the novel A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole certainly fits the bill. This humorous book was first published in 1980, though tragically its author committed suicide some eleven years earlier. Toole committed suicide at the age of 31 in 1969 and through the relentless work of his mother, Thelma Toole, the work was published from a manuscript written by the author before his death. Despite the tragedy surrounding this aspect of the novel, it is still considered a strong work of fiction and for many, an incredibly funny book. Likewise, it was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1981. Continue reading