Top 10 Funny Books Guaranteed to Make You Giggle

There's nothing like a good laugh, so, if you're searching for some side-splitting reads for yourself or as a gift for a friend, we've got you covered. From comedians to parodies to books for word and TV fans, we have funny books whatever your interests or sense of humour. Discover our top 10 funny books guaranteed to make you giggle...

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1. Very British Problems: Volume 3

Rob Temple

The third volume of the hilarious Very British Problems is just as good as the previous two. Packed with relatable oddities that seem to be specific to the awkward Brits; you won't be able to stop turning the pages of this brilliant book. Between the funny observations on British life, there are references to many unusual aspects of British culture, such as a collection of the strangest pub names. This celebration of the awkwardness of Britain is a must for all comedy fans.

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2. Where the Wild Dads Went

Katie Blackburn and Sholto Walker

Katie Blackburn and Sholto Walker's hilarious spoof of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are is the perfect gift for dads everywhere. The story follows Dad finishing work and seeking some fun, this leads him to the land of Wild Dads, but soon he realises he misses his home and family and needs to find his way back. With brilliant illustrations by Sholto Walker, this book is the perfect parody.

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3. Seriously Funny

Simon Brett

This book of the strangest oxymorons in the English language is the perfect present for word lovers. From 'same difference' to 'bittersweet', there are so many oxymorons that we use daily and Simon Brett examines all of them in this witty book. With categories such as Popular Culture and Business Ethics, no oxymoron is overlooked in this Seriously Funny book.

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4. Thinking About It Only Makes it Worse

David Mitchell

David Mitchell has a lot of questions about the modern world and in his hilarious book he takes a look at the things that he feels just don't make sense about life these days. From movie remakes to swearing to Ryanair, David is on a mission to make sense of this crazy world. Witty and intelligent, this book will make you think as well as laugh, perfect for fans of David and for people you are just as confused about the peculiarities of the modern world as he is.

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5. I Am Sure I Speak for Many Others

Colin Shindler

This collection of letters and telegrams received by the BBC over the last 40 years is a brilliant insight into the minds of the public. From the broadcast of the Coronation, right up the contemporary programming of today, the BBC has received many funny letters and complaints and the best are compiled into this little book for you to enjoy.

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6. Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

Gyles Brandreth

This collection of over 1000 funny quotes from across all media has been put together by writer and broadcaster, Gyles Brandreth, and features quotes from the likes of Oscar Wilde, Joan Rivers, Woody Allen and Frankie Boyle. All the quotes fall into categories, such as The Weather, Diets and Computers, so if you never need some wise words on any particular topic Gyles has you covered in this great quotation dictionary.

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7. Five Go Parenting

Bruno Vincent

This hilarious edition in the Enid Blyton for Grown Ups parody series sees The Famous Five taking on the difficult task of parenthood. George, Anne, Dick, Julian and Timmy the dog are tasked with looking after Cousin Rupert's baby but they have no idea what they're doing. Using Dr Google doesn't seem to be helping much either as they frantically try to figure out how to stop the baby from crying. If you loved the Famous Five as a kid, then you'll love the grown-up versions even more as an adult.

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8. Tuffers' Cricket Hall of Fame

Phil Tufnell

Phil Tufnell, cricket legend and TV star, has put together his own Hall of Fame with all his favourite cricket stars, plus some non-cricketers that Phil really admires. This witty collection of sportspeople is perfect for cricket fans as a range of cricketers are included, from Phil's childhood heroes to his best teammates and more.

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9. Friends are Cheaper Than Therapy

Cath Tate

Cath Tate, the mind behind many funny greetings cards, has written some great one-liners about friendship and paired them all with retro photographs that match the lines perfectly. A brilliant gift, this book celebrates friendship and the things we do as friends, from bookclubs to parties. Hilarious and genius, this book reminds you why your friends are so special.

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10. A Pointless History of the World

Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman

These essays from Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman, hosts of the hit gameshow Pointless, cover the history of the world from the Big Bang to Last of the Summer Wine. With questions from the TV show scattered throughout, this is the perfect book for history buffs and fans of the show. Learn and laugh with this fascinatingly funny book.

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If you haven't seen the right book to tickle your ribs yet then check out our full range of funny books.

  • ANLYS
    David Mitchell
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    Why is every film or tv programme a sequel or a remake? Why are people so f***ing hung up about swearing? Why do the asterisks in that sentence make it ok? Why do so many people want to stop other people doing things, and how can they be stopped from stopping them? These and many other questions trouble David Mitchell. Join him on a tour of the absurdities of modern life - from Ryanair to Richard III, Downton Abbey to phone etiquette, UKIP to hotdogs made of cats. Funny, provocative and shot through with refreshing amounts of common sense, Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse celebrates and commiserates on the state of things in our not entirely glorious modern world.
  • PHOW
    Richard Osman
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    Richard Osman and Alexander Armstrong present their very own account of times gone by in A Pointless History of the World.

    Told with their trademark humour, this is a step-by-step journey that takes you from the Big Bang to the fall of the Roman Empire and from the evolution of language all the way through to Last of the Summer Wine.

    Taking you on a journey through time and space, the essays are interspersed with questions from Pointless, everyone's favourite TV quiz show.
  • Five Go Parenting - Hardback - 9781786482280 - Bruno Vincent
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    Bruno Vincent
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    Enid Blyton for Grown-ups is a hilarious parody series that finds George, Dick, Anne, Julian and Timmy the dog facing a host of new challenges that will resonate with adults. In this book, the gang face what could be their toughest task yet - parenthood.

    With all the missions they've completed in the past, you'd have thought that bringing up a baby would be kid's play for The Five. However, when they find themselves looking after Cousin Rupert and his wife's baby, they have to deal with all sorts of issues - from fear to tiredness and responsibility.

    They have no idea if what they're doing is right or why the baby is crying. They use Dr Google constantly and are frustrated by the responses that range from 'don't worry about it' to 'rush her to the A & E'. Soon, the Five are reduced to trembling wrecks and all of them are quietly seething. Could this be an adventure too far?
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    Cath Tate is famed for her witty observations on modern life that appear on hilarious greetings cards for all ages. Combining these one-liners with retro photographs has made her a go-to for many people when buying cards to send to loved ones.

    This hilarious book is perfect to share with your friends as it brings together the best of Cath's work on friendship. From the whimsical to the scurrilous and very occasionally tender, she manages to capture how today's modern friendships work in everything from book clubs to hen parties.

    This is an ode to friendship in all its glory. As Cath says: 'A friend is someone who likes you even though they know you.'
  • AHZWN
    Gyles Brandreth
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    Writer, broadcaster, and wit Gyles Brandreth has completely revised Ned Sherrin's classic collection of wisecracks, one-liners, and anecdotes. With over 1,000 new quotations from all media, it's easy to find hilarious quotes on subjects ranging from Argument to Diets, from Computers to The Weather. Add sparkle to your speeches and presentations, or just enjoy a good laugh in company with Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Joan Rivers, Kathy Lette, Frankie Boyle, and friends. 'Now we have the World Wide Web (the only thing I know of whose shortened form-www-takes three times longer to say than what it's short for)' Douglas Adams 'Not only is there no God, but try getting a plumber on weekends' Woody Allen 'Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight' Phyllis Diller 'Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You really need to be certain it's what you want before you commit' Elizabeth Gilbert 'The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it' Terry Pratchett 'Retreat, hell! We're only attacking in another direction' American general Oliver P. Smith
  • WTWD
    Katie Blackburn
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    In this spoof of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, the dads are out on the lash and are getting set to 'PARTYYYYYYYYYYY!'

    Dad came home from work a little worse for wear and decided it was time to really have some fun. He soon found himself drifting off to the land of the Wild Dads; a place where headbanging, air guitar and table football reigns supreme.

    However, Dad soon starts to miss the place he left behind and tries to get back to his beloved family. With illustrations by Sholto Walker, this gift book is perfect for new dads and any parent who has just wanted to run away from it all and find a new favourite place.
  • Tuffers' Cricket Hall of Fame - Hardback - 9781472229397 - Phil Tufnell
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    Phil Tufnell
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    Phil Tufnell (or Tuffers, as he's now more commonly known from his time in the Jungle and on Question of Sport) is a cricket legend and national treasure. In this book he's chosen his very own Hall of Fame - and it's packed with legends of the sport, offbeat characters and various surprises.

    From boyhood heroes to favourite team-mates and toughest opponents to unforgettable umpires and brilliant broadcasters, Phil provides an analysis of a very diverse and enchanting cast of cricketing legends with typical Tuffers wit.

    He even adds some truly surprising non-cricketing inductees into his personal Hall of Fame. Showcasing the most charming characters in cricket, this is a great gift for anyone who loves the summer sport.
  • SISF
    Colin Shindler
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    The BBC is a national institution that draws praise and criticism in equal measure. This entertaining collection of letters stretches over 40 years of programming and captures just how much joy, fury and hilarity the broadcaster has brought to the nation.

    These never-before-seen letters and telegrams to the BBC provide a fascinating alternative history and cover momentous events ranging from the broadcast of the Coronation in 1953 through to the groundbreaking drama of Grange Hill ('just say no, Zammo!').

    The letters have been categorised into different themes including political bias and the Royal Family and this is the perfect read for anyone who loves reading all about the moral outrage of the nation.
  • Seriously Funny - Hardback - 9781472139436 - Simon Brett
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    Simon Brett
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    An oxymoron is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as 'a figure of speech or expressed idea in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction'. Among the best known are 'bittersweet', 'open secret' and 'same difference'.

    This book, written by Simon Brett and amusingly illustrated by Paul Thomas, celebrates the English language's finest oxymorons and explains why the likes of 'seriously funny' strike such a chord with language lovers.

    The information in the book is arranged into categories including popular culture, political principle and business ethics - with Brett offering an inimitably witty commentary on every one. It's a great book for anyone with an 'unbiased opinion'.
  • VRYB
    Rob Temple
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    From the horrors of the daily commute to the messages hidden in your email exchanges (who knew dropping the 'kind' from 'kind regards' could be so effective?), this humour book covers some of the traits that define the British nation.

    It looks at the awkward moments, cultural peculiarities and odd fixations all Brits have and celebrates everything from the most bizarre British pub names to the history of tea. It even promises to answer the always contentious issue of whether you should put the milk in first...

    So funny and so relatable, the third volume in the bestselling series that inspired the Channel 4 TV series of the same name is one that every Briton needs to devour.