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From slapstick to satire: witty, clever, and downright hilarious, this is the best of humour.

*Q: What goes "Ha ha ha BONK!" ? A: A man laughing his head off.**

**I promise the books on this list are a lot funnier than that joke.

 

The Jumping Frog

by Mark Twain

Mark Twain's "The Jumping Frog : In English, then in French, then clawed back into the civilized language once more by patient unremunerated toil" (1865), also known as "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras...

Tartarin of Tarascon

by Alphonse Daudet

The burlesque adventures of Tartarin, a local hero of Tarascon, a small town in southern France, whose invented adventures and reputation as a swashbuckler finally force him to travel to a very prosaic Algiers...

Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

The Canterville Ghost

by Oscar Wilde

The Canterville Ghost is a popular 1887 novella by Oscar Wilde, widely adapted for the screen and stage. “The Canterville Ghost” is a parody featuring a dramatic spirit named Sir Simon and the United States...

Three Men in a Boat

by Jerome Klapka Jerome

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published in 1889, is a humorous account by Jerome K. Jerome of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford. The book was initially intended to...

My Man Jeeves

by P. G. Wodehouse

My Man Jeeves is a collection of short stories by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the UK in May 1919 by George Newnes. Of the eight stories in the collection, half feature the popular characters Jeeves and...

Topper

by Thorne Smith

Elegant, fun-loving George and Marion Kerby are the toast of the town, until they wreck their flashy car and discover they've become, well, ghosts. Making the best of a bad situation, they decide that being...

Right Ho, Jeeves

by P. G. Wodehouse

Right Ho, Jeeves is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, the second full-length novel featuring the popular characters Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, after Thank You, Jeeves. It also features a host of other recurring Wodehouse...

Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from The New Yorker

by Henry Finder & David Remnick

When Harold Ross founded The New Yorker in 1925, he described it as a “comic weekly.” And although it has become much more than that, it has remained true in its irreverent heart to the founder’s description,...


Chas Addams Happily Ever After: A Collection of Cartoons to Chill the Heart of You

by Charles Addams

Charles Addams was renowned for his depictions of love (or lack thereof) in his cartoons. The passion of Morticia and Gomez Addams, the lonely desires of Fester, the numerous grim and ghastly fights between...


Disquiet, Please!: More Humor Writing from The New Yorker

by David Remnick & Henry Finder

The New Yorker is, of course, a bastion of superb essays, influential investigative journalism, and insightful arts criticism. But for eighty years, it’s also been a hoot. In fact, when Harold Ross founded...


Guards! Guards!

Discworld #8

by Terry Pratchett

Here there be dragons...and the denizens of Ankh-Morpork wish one huge firebreather would return from whence it came. Long believed extinct, a superb specimen of draco nobilis ("noble dragon" for those who don't...


Nightingale Wood: A Novel

by Stella Gibbons & Sophie Dahl

A sly and satirical fairytale by the author of Cold Comfort Farm

Unavailable for decades, Stella Gibbons's Nightingale Wood is a delightfully modern romance ripe for rediscovery by the many fans of Cold Comfort...


Good Omens

by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

There is a distinct hint of Armageddon in the air. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (recorded, thankfully, in 1655, before she blew up her entire village and all its inhabitants,...


Collecting Himself: James Thurber on Writing and Writers, Humor and Himself

by Michael J. Rosen

James Thurber spent most of his career at the New Yorker magazine, drawing cartoons and writing essays and stories. Collecting Himself is a one-of-a-kind compilation of James Thurber's vintage writings, featuring...


Backward Ran Sentences: The Best of Wolcott Gibbs from the New Yorker

by Thomas Vinciguerra & Wolcott Gibbs

Following the success of Reporting at Wit's End, Bloomsbury reintroduces another classic New Yorker writer, collecting the best of Wolcott Gibbs' remarkable career in one volume. With a foreword by P.J. O'Rourke...


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