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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 Millions

    George Barr McCutcheon

    First Published1902

    Genres (Book)Comedy, Comic novel

    Original LanguageEnglish

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    Just Shocking

    Andy Griffiths

    First Published2007-09

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Comedy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    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 was the first of a series of five novels about the Larkins, a rural family from Kent. The plot involves...  more
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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 Ruit. A comedic sometimes sad yet straight forward novel that captures the humor of life in boarding school,...  more
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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, first published in 1889. The story is about two brothers who are the last two surviving members of a...  more
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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 Maloney. It is the second novel in a series of crime thrillers following the character of Murray Whelan,...  more
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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 written with an e-mail format throughout the book....  more
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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 television series of the same name. Love Monkey is Kyle Smith's first novel. Smith is currently a film...  more
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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 novel in a series of crime thrillers following the character of Murray Whelan, as he investigates crimes in...  more
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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 conceive. The story is told in the form of journal entries by the two principal characters. It was adapted into...  more
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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 teacher who attempts to sabotage a manipulative, overly-ambitious girl's campaign to become school...  more
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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 follows the adventures of a 13-year-old boy who has an alien residing in his nose. It is the first book in...  more
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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 tradition, it consists entirely of e-mails written between the employees of an advertising agency and some of...  more
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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 1999. It was renamed Knick Knack Paddy Whack for publication in United States. The novel is set in 1980's...  more
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    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 installment of the Macdonald Hall series, and was the first written work of Korman. It is dedicated to his...  more
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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 Grossmith, with illustrations by the latter. It originated as an intermittent serial in Punch magazine in...  more
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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 Museum magazine between July and August in 1869 and consisted of only six chapters. For the finished...  more
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    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 cartoonist Jeff Kinney. All nine books are the journals of the main character, Greg Heffley. Befitting a child's...  more
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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 Smith's self-published Bone comic book series. The book was published by Cartoon Books in 2002 and in color by...  more
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    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 of life in the fictitious heartland town of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota. It was first published in hardcover...  more
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    Overtime

    Tom Holt

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Comedy, Fantasy

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    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 in the UK by Orbit Books and is Holt's first comic science fiction novel....  more
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    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 the U.K by Orbit Books in 1998. The moral of this book is 'Be careful what you wish for....it may come...  more
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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 billionaire who spends most of his time playing elaborate practical jokes on people. It is known for bringing...  more
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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. It was published in 1986, and was sold as "The sequel, well almost, to The Dice Man". This version is no...  more