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Best Comedies - Best Comedy Books of All Time

Updated on April 19, 2017

My Best Comedy Books - Recommended Comedy Novels

These are my best comedy books of all time covering a range of types of comedy from science fiction and surreal comedy to classic British literature and romantic comedy novels that I have enjoyed reading. If you have any comedy books to recommend please feel free to add them in the comment section below.

And for more recommended comedies, you might also like to visit my Best Comedies - Best Comedy Movies of All Time lens!

My Recommendations for the Best Surreal Comedy Books

For more of the weird and the surreal world of Robert Rankin's comedy novels, here are a few recommendations:

  • The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse (GollanczF.)
  • The Brightonomicon (Brentford Trilogy)
  • East of Ealing (Brentford Trilogy)
  • The Antipope (Brentford Trilogy)

The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse

By Robert Rankin

In a world where nursery rhymes and toys come to life, a young boy called Jack is off to the big city, Toy City to make his fortune. He meets a host of surreal and weird fictional characters and toys, including Eddie a detective teddy bear who is currently investigating the murder of Humpty Dumpty!

This is a dark weird and strange comedy book that has plenty of great characters, hilarious dialogue and a unique style.

Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

A 19th Century British story of romance and marriage focussing on a young lady called Lizzy Bennett. She is the second eldest daughter in a family of a modest income and with 4 other sisters who need to be to married off too! This is a subtle, heart-warming and very funny story of the comedy behind the trials and tribulations of finding a suitable match in English society.

More Recommended Comedy Novels

Here are a few more of my top picks for comedy novels and comedy authors in my recommended book list:

The Inimitable Jeeves (The Collector's Wodehouse)
The Inimitable Jeeves (The Collector's Wodehouse)

I love PG Wodehouse and in particular his stories of Bertie Wooster a somewhat spoilt upper-class twit and his faithful manservant Jeeves. Hilarious and timeless British comedy of the upper classes and how everyday people cope with them!

Also I recommend the TV series with Fry and Laurie.



Written in the local dialect which took me a while to get the hang of. But once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed the black comedy of this Scottish inner-city side of life. Irvine Welsh has a very dry sense humor and I recommend checking out his other books too.

Unseen Academicals (Discworld)

Even though I love fantasy and surreal stories, I have only recently started reading the discworld series from Terry Pratchett. I'm trying to read them in order and have loads to get through yet. And I'm really enjoying these books, the funny and weird characters and the whole Discworld he has created.

High Society

Another of my favorite comedy authors and the writer of Blackadder TV show Ben Elton has a number of great comedy books.

My Best Sci-Fi Comedy Books

Hitchhikers Guide and Red Dwarf books based on TV series.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

By Douglas Adams

This has been a radio series, a book, a TV series and recently a film. The basic story focuses on a guy called Arthur Dent. Who though an inept and cautious kind of man has managed to escape Earth just as it is being destroyed. Luckily his friend, Ford Prefect who has helped him escape, is also an alien (as Arthur has now discovered), an alien who is on Earth doing research for this said guide book. And now it seems Arthur is possibly the last human left but his adventures are just beginning as he travels the galaxy meeting very strange and funny characters on the way.

Top Childrens Comedy Books

Most kids books are going to be funny, but Roald Dahl had a knack of writing unique and weird stories full of childish humor and memorable characters.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

By Roald Dahl

Actually there are many Roald Dahl books that I'd recommend as the best children's comedy book. Including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, James and the Giant Peach and the BFG. But one of the best comedy characters for me is Willy Wonka, weird, surreal and very funny, this is why Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is my favorite read.

What are your favorite type of comedy books? What comedy novels would you like to recommend?

Your Recommended Comedy Books

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      Chocolatealchemy 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Great Lens - I haven't heard of some of these authors, so will be looking out for them - thanks for the ideas. I agree - Terry Pratchett has written some of the best stories out, so read them. Yes Man by Danny Wallace is one of the funniest books I've read recently - check out my Lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett. I think they're great. If you like them, you may be interested in Jasper Fforde.