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Nikitasol Tue 21-Mar-17 05:34:02

I'm in the process of splitting up with my partner and really need some funny books to make me laugh right now? Any suggestions for books that will make me weep with laughter? Fiction or non fiction fine.

piebald Tue 21-Mar-17 17:59:11

Janet Evanovich One for the money series require very little effort and are pretty funny

Deathraystare Wed 22-Mar-17 19:24:36

Also the Agatha Raisin books

HattiesBackpack Wed 22-Mar-17 19:26:12

I was going to say Agatha Raisin!
Also Harry Potter books, they are really good for a bit of escapism.
Wishing you well flowers

Optimist1 Wed 22-Mar-17 19:32:00

Alexander McCall Smith's Scotland Street series always make me laugh out loud. As did A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (intermingled with a tear or two).

LondonSkylar Wed 22-Mar-17 19:32:50

It depends on what you like of course but these are my go tos for a light, fun laugh:
- Carl Hiaasen's novels, particularly Skinny Dipping
- Neil Gaiman's novels, favourites are Stardust and Neverwhere
- Evelyn Waugh, particularly Vile Bodies
- Caitlin Moran, pretty much anything but both Moranthology and How to Be a Woman are great for a quick laugh

Hope you find some great books to make you smile!

CremeBrulee Wed 22-Mar-17 19:35:48

The Chronicles of St Mary's are a light and fluffy historical research/ time travel series and there's quite a few of them so you can immerse yourself in their world for a while.

Bitchfromhell Wed 22-Mar-17 19:38:41

Derrick Longden is my go to.

girlandboy Wed 22-Mar-17 19:41:50

I second The Chronicles of St Mary's by Jodi Taylor!
They're a hoot grin

YesThisIsMe Wed 22-Mar-17 19:43:06

Rivers of London - supernatural police procedural but just so funny.

I'd second Harry Potter actually, and Artemis Fowl, and Percy Jackson, and on a more adult note the obscure but very funny detective stories of Sarah Caudwell.

ihatethecold Wed 22-Mar-17 19:43:46

Bill Bryson.
His older books are so witty.

HesterGreysGarden Wed 22-Mar-17 19:48:03

I second Janet Evanovich - Must reread them myself.
Also PG Wodehouse never disappoints.
I'm always on the look out for genuinely funny books - they're surprisingly hard to find. Have been considering this mobile library series: www.goodreads.com/series/41306-mobile-library-mystery
Looks promising, but haven't read any so can't say for sure.
Sorry you're going through a shitty time. IME reading can really help flowers brewcake[book]

VanillaLatteAndCake Wed 22-Mar-17 19:49:36

Similar to Caitlin Moran is Tina Fey's autobiography. She's got a dry sense of humour, I found her book quite funny.

ShatnersBassoon Wed 22-Mar-17 19:50:27

Bateman's Mystery Man series is very funny.

TheBadgersMadeMeDoIt Wed 22-Mar-17 19:53:24

Anything by Bill Bryson. Notes from a Big Country is my quick fix when I need a good laugh. Down Under, Notes from a Small Island and Neither Here Nor There are also hilarious.

Christopher Brookmyre - always good for entertaining crime capers full of darkly brilliant sarcasm. Attack Of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks is a perennial favourite.

Douglas Adams makes me howl. I actually prefer the Dirk Gently books to Hitchiker's but there is much hilarity to be found in everything he wrote.

And for whimsical, satirical fantasy with everything from gentle chuckles to painful, breathless Sprite-Zero-Up-Your-Nose guffaws...there's the late, great Terry Pratchett and his Discworld. You might love it, you might not. But if you do, there's enough there to see you through a dozen breakups.

Good luck. Hope a worthy distraction comes your way. Please do report back with your best finds!

AgentCooper Wed 22-Mar-17 19:53:29

Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh had me laughing out loud. My best recommendation for proper per yourself laughing, though, is Alan Partridge's autobiography I, Partridge. It is absolutely hilarious. I'm reading his second book, Nomad, just now and am laughing so hard in bed every night.

flowers and cake for you, OP, I really hope you are feeling better soon.

AgentCooper Wed 22-Mar-17 19:54:20

Per yourself? Sorry, that should be pee yourself grin

IrregularCommentary Wed 22-Mar-17 19:58:01

Another vote for Bill Bryson. Notes From A Small Island and Neither Here Nor There in particular for me.

ElspethFlashman Wed 22-Mar-17 19:58:30

Ooh this is just the thread I was after.

I'm furiously taking notes.

How To Be a Woman made me laugh so hard the whole bed shook.

CalmItKermitt Wed 22-Mar-17 20:00:42

Bill Bryson makes me cry laughing.

Nikitasol Wed 22-Mar-17 20:07:53

Brilliant! Thanks for these. I've just finished Rob Delaney (he of Catastrophe) autobiography which made me howl with laughter in parts. Just started one of David Sedaris (American hunourist) books too which is also quite good. And have ordered Sara Pascoes book Animal too.

I need it after the day I've had - epic tantrums (not mine), dose of worms from nursery, gammy twisted knee and didn't get job I thought I was a shoe in for. Finding my pleasures where I can. hmm

Rhubarbara Wed 22-Mar-17 20:12:01

Adrian Mole
David Sedaris, Naked
I, Partridge

iloveredwine Wed 22-Mar-17 20:18:17

Any of tony James slaters books. The first one is the bear that eat my pants. Was very funnysmile

akwan Wed 22-Mar-17 20:18:54

Adrian mole books - absolute lol gold

mrsBeverleygoldberg Wed 22-Mar-17 20:26:51

All Bill Bryson books.
I also like the Mr Gum series. They're children's books though!
Also I'd recommend watching Deadpool. Ryan Reynald's easy on the eye and it was so funny I laughed until my face hurt and my eyes watered.

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