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Famous Comedy Books and Novels

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List of famous comedy books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular comedy books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best comedy novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

Books here include everything from Slaughterhouse-Five to Catch-22.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best comedy books?" and "What are the most famous comedy books?"

Note that some books on this list might be currently out of print, but you can purchase most of these notable comedy titles on Amazon with just one click.
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  • Brewster's Millions1
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    Brewster's Millions

    George Barr McCutcheon

    First Published1902

    Genres (Book)Comedy, Comic novel

    Original LanguageEnglish

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  • Just Shocking2
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    Just Shocking

    Andy Griffiths

    First Published2007-09

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Comedy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The darling buds of May3

    SubjectsDrama, Family, England

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    The Darling Buds of May is a novel by British writer H. E. Bates, first published in 1958. It...  more
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  • Spud4
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    Spud

    John van de Ruit

    First Published2005

    SubjectsSchools, South Africa

    Genres (Book)Comedy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Spud is a 2005 novel by South African author, actor, playwright and producer, John van de...  more
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  • The Wrong Box5
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    The Wrong Box

    Lloyd Osbourne, Robert Louis Stevenson

    SubjectsLiterary, Literature, Classics

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Black comedy, Fiction, Comedy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Wrong Box is a black comedy novel co-written by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne,...  more
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  • The brush-off6
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    The brush-off

    Shane Maloney

    SubjectsAustralia

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    The Brush-Off is a 1996 Australian, Ned Kelly Awards-winning crime thriller, written by Shane...  more
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  • The Boy Next Door7
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    The Boy Next Door

    Meg Cabot, Sinclair Smith

    First Published2002

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Speculative fiction, Suspense, Fiction, Comedy

    The Boy Next Door is a novel written by Meg Cabot. The book was published in 2002. It is...  more
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  • Love Monkey8
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    Love Monkey

    Kyle Smith

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Comic novel, Fiction, Comedy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Love Monkey is a comic novel by Kyle Smith published in 2004. It is the basis for the 2006 CBS...  more
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  • Stiff9
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    Stiff

    Shane Maloney

    First Published1994

    SubjectsMystery, Australia

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Comedy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Stiff is a 1994 Australian crime thriller novel, written by Shane Maloney. It is the first...  more
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  • Inconceivable10
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    Inconceivable

    Ben Elton

    First Published1999

    Genres (Book)Comic novel, Comedy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Inconceivable is a 1999 novel by Ben Elton, following a childless couple's efforts to...  more
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  • Election11
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    Election

    Tom Perrotta

    First Published1998-03-09

    SubjectsElection, New Jersey

    Genres (Book)Black comedy, Comedy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Election is a 1998 novel by Tom Perrotta. It is a black comedy about a high school history...  more
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  • The nose from Jupiter12
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    The nose from Jupiter

    Richard Scrimger

    SubjectsCanada

    Genres (Book)Comedy, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Nose from Jupiter is a humorous novel written by Canadian author Richard Scrimger. It...  more
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  • e13
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    e

    Matt Beaumont

    Genres (Book)Comedy, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    e is a comic novel by Matt Beaumont first published in 2000. Written in the epistolary...  more
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  • The Talk of the Town14
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    The Talk of the Town

    Ardal O'Hanlon

    First Published1999-01-21

    SubjectsIreland, Friendship

    Genres (Book)Comic novel, Comedy, Young adult literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Talk of the Town is the first novel written by Ardal O'Hanlon, published by Sceptre in...  more
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  • This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall15

    First Published1978

    Genres (Book)Adventure film, Comedy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall is a 1978 novel by Gordon Korman. It is the first...  more
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  • The diary of a nobody16
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    The diary of a nobody

    George Grossmith

    SubjectsLiterary, Literature, Humour, Classics, 19th century

    Genres (Book)Humour, Biography, Fiction, Autobiography

    The Diary of a Nobody is an English comic novel written by the brothers George and Weedon...  more
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  • An Old Fashioned Girl17
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    An Old Fashioned Girl

    Louisa May Alcott

    First Published1869

    SubjectsLiterature, Classics, 19th century, Friendship, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Poetry, Children's literature, Drama, Fiction, Comedy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    An Old-Fashioned Girl is a novel by Louisa May Alcott. It was first serialised in the Merry's...  more
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  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid18

    First Published2007-04-01

    SubjectsFriendship, Schools, School story

    Genres (Book)Humour, Fiction, Comedy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a series of fiction books written by the American author and...  more
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  • 19
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    First Published2002-11-06

    SubjectsComics

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Comedy, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Treasure Hunters is the eighth book in the Bone series. It collects issues 46-51 of Jeff...  more
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  • Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon20

    First Published2007

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Comedy, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon is a novel by Garrison Keillor, a humorous fictional account...  more
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  • Overtime21
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    Overtime

    Tom Holt

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Comedy, Fantasy

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  • Here Comes the Sun22

    First Published1993

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Comedy, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Here Comes the Sun is a 1993 science-fiction comedy novel by Tom Holt. The book was published...  more
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  • Wish You Were Here23

    SubjectsRelationships, Family

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Comedy, Psychology, Fantasy

    Wish You Were Here is a humorous novel by English author Tom Holt. It was first published in...  more
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  • The Magic Christian24
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    The Magic Christian

    Terry Southern

    First Published1959

    Genres (Book)Comic novel, Comedy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Magic Christian is a 1959 comic novel by American author Terry Southern about an odd...  more
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  • Adventures of Wim25
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    Adventures of Wim

    George Cockcroft

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Comic novel, Comedy, Philosophical fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Adventures of Wim or is a book by George Cockcroft, written under the pen name Luke Rhinehart....  more
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