Comic Fiction

Laugh your socks off with a comic novel. The Folio Society publishes a collection of classic comedy fiction books and stories from a range of hilarious authors, whose characters have kept us laughing through the ages. Folio books include beautiful original illustrations and come with specially designed hardback covers. See below for the full list of Folio Comic Fiction books.

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Catch-22 book

Catch-22

Joseph Heller

Captain Yossarian is a rebel with a cause: to avoid flying the bombing missions over Italy and France that sooner or later will almost certainly result in his own death.

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The Darling Buds of May book

The Darling Buds of May

H. E. Bates

With their outrageous tastes and boundless energy, the Larkins have charmed many a reader. Alice Tait’s illustrations for Folio capture the epicurean excesses of this flamboyant family.

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Diary of a Provincial Lady book

Diary of a Provincial Lady

E. M. Delafield

The witty fictional journal originally written for Time and Tide magazine, collected together in what Jilly Cooper describes as her favourite book.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams

In the first in his 'trilogy of five', Douglas Adams introduces us Earthbound readers to Zaphod Beeblebrox, the Babel fish, Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters and Marvin the Paranoid Android.

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Life, the Universe and Everything book

Life, the Universe and Everything

Douglas Adams

More inspired lunacy in the third of Adams’s ‘trilogy of five’, here introduced by his friend, the acclaimed comedy writer Jon Canter.

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Lucky Jim book

Lucky Jim

Kingsley Amis

A romp through life at a provincial English university. Often lauded as one of the funniest books of the 20th century, the story follows the travails of the eponymous hero, an accident-prone history lecturer at odds with the world around him.

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The Moving Toyshop book

The Moving Toyshop

Edmund Crispin

P. D. James introduces this edition of Crispin's crime-fiction caper. With lively illustrations by A. Richard Allen.

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The Princess Bride book

The Princess Bride

William Goldman

Featuring giants, duels, man-eating swamp rats and, of course, true love, Goldman's funny and poignant lampoon of the fairy-tale tradition has inadvertently become a classic of the genre.

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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe book

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Douglas Adams

Compared to that of Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Stoppard and even Jonathan Swift, in his introduction, science-fiction writer Adam Roberts describes this novel as ‘that rare thing: a sequel that surpasses its original’.

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Thank You, Jeeves book

Thank You, Jeeves

P. G. Wodehouse

A treat for comedy fans: the classic Jeeves and Wooster tale presented in a spiffing new binding with an introduction by one of the biggest Wodehouse fans of them all.

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Vile Bodies book

Vile Bodies

Evelyn Waugh

The Bright Young Things of 1920s London pursue debauchery and abandon in this most scathing of satires.

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