Humour is such a subjective thing, some people love pitch black satire, some warm and cuddly jokes; and others just plain zany, oddness. We have selected from the broad church of humourous books a huge list of what we regard as some of the funniest novels ever written. From the caustic dark humour of Irvine Welsh to the timeless humour of P.G.Wodehouse from the Anti war classic Catch 22, by Joseph Heller to the seminal The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. We are sure to have a book for you, no matter what tickles your funny bone. Enjoy!
Good omens : the nice and accurate prophecies of Agnes Nutter, witch by
“The world is going to end next Saturday night. Just before dinner. Unfortunately, the Antichrist has been misplaced. 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, who had gathered to watch her burn), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. So to stop it from happening, they’ve got to find and kill the AntiChrist (which is a shame, really, as he’s a nice kid). There’s just one glitch: someone seems to have misplaced him. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s brilliantly dark and funny take on mankind’s final judgment. .” (Adapted from Catalogue)
Right ho, Jeeves / Wodehouse, P. G.
“The trouble which begins with Gussie Fink-Nottle wandering the streets of London dressed as Mephistopheles reaches its awful climax in his drunken speech to the boys of Market Snodsbury Grammar School. For Bertie Wooster’s old friend has fallen in love with Madeline Bassett and, as usual, makes a hash of the affair until Jeeves comes to the rescue. In the meantime, Jeeves must also solve the mystery of the white mess jacket, while sorting out the lives of Bertie’s cousin Angela, her mother, and her mother’s French chef. In short, a normal working day for that prince among gentlemen’s gentlemen.” (Adapted from Catalogue)
Three men in a boat ; Three men on the bummel / Jerome, Jerome K.
“Three Men in a Boat describes a comic expedition by middle-class Victorians up the Thames to Oxford, and provides brilliant snap-shots of London’s playground in the late 1880s. Three Men on the Bummel records a similar escapade some ten years later, when the trio cycle through the Black Forest, at the height of the new bicycling craze. Both novels are depicted with irresistibly genial humour by Jerome K Jerome.” (Adapted from Catalogue)
The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy : a trilogy in four parts / Adams, Douglas
“A one-volume edition charting Arthur Dent’s odyssey through space. Whether you are well versed in the antics of Arthur Dent, a mild mannered Earthman plucked from his planet seconds before it’s demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, and Ford Perfect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy posing as an out-of-work actor, or are hitching a ride for the first time, this is the book that has everything you’ll need to know about anything.” (Adapted from Catalogue)
Cat’s cradle / Vonnegut, Kurt
“Cat’s Cradle is Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist; a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer; and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. Told with deadpan humour and bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut’s cult tale of global destruction preys on our deepest fears of witnessing Armageddon and, worse still, surviving it.” (Catalogue)
Bridget Jones’s diary : a novel / Fielding, Helen
“Bridget Jones’s Diary charts a devastatingly self-aware, hilarious year in the life of a thirty-something Singleton. Here is the daily chronicle of her permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement – a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1 1/2 inches, visit the gym three times a week not merely to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and not fall for any of the following: misogynists, megalomaniacs, people with girlfriends or wives, alcoholics, workaholics, chauvinists, or perverts. And learn to program the VCR.” (Adapted from Catalogue)
Skinny dip / Hiaasen, Carl
“After her shady marine scientist husband Chaz tries to kill her, Joey Perrone is saved by former cop Mick Stranahan. Chaz Perrone might be the only marine scientist in the world who doesn’t know which way the Gulf Stream runs. But he’s just found a way to make a fortune out of the Florida Everglades, and he’s damned if anyone’s going to stop him. So when he suspects that his wife, Joey, is going to get in his way, he takes her on an expensive anniversary cruise and pushes her overboard into the night-dark Atlantic. Unfortunately for Chaz, Joey survives the fall.” (Adapted from Catalogue)
Catch-22 / Heller, Joseph
“Catch-22 took the war novel genre to a new level, shocking us with its clever and disturbing style. Set in a World War II American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, Catch-22 is the story of John Yossarian, who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. Yossarian is also trying to decode the meaning of Catch-22, a mysterious regulation that proves that insane people are really the sanest, while the supposedly sensible people are the true madmen. And this novel is full of madmen . One of the funniest–and most celebrated–books of all time.” (Adapted from Catalogue)