Humour Books

Laugh your socks off with a comic novel or a collection of humorous anecdotes. The Folio Society publishes classic comedy books from a range of hilarious authors, making perfect gifts for those who love to laugh. Folio books include beautiful original illustrations and come with specially designed hardback covers. See below for the full list of Folio Humour books.

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The Best After-Dinner Stories book

The Best After-Dinner Stories

Ever since Chaucer's day, when the host of the Tabard Inn in Southwark rose to welcome the Canterbury Pilgrims with a joke, the After Dinner Speech, designed, if possible, to reduce the assembled company to helpless merriment, has presented the ultimate challenge.

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Cautionary Tales and Other Verses book

Cautionary Tales and Other Verses

Hilaire Belloc

They retain their popularity, for who can resist the deliciously sticky ends of 'Matilda who told lies and was burned to death' or 'Jim who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion'?

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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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The Devil's Dictionary book

The Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose 'Bitter' Bierce was immortalised by The Devil's Dictionary. His series of satirical definitions and irreverent aphorisms first appeared from 1881 to 1886 in the columns of a provincial newspaper, impaling the sacred cows of civilised life - and much else besides - upon the spikes of his own mordant wit.

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Edward Lear's Complete Nonsense book

Edward Lear's Complete Nonsense

Edward Lear

Introduced by Quentin Blake, this is a collection of Edward Lear's finest work of 'nonsense'.

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The Folio Book of Humorous Anecdotes book

The Folio Book of Humorous Anecdotes

Edward Leeson

They are what Churchill called 'the gleaming toys of history' – a collection of entertaining stories, many of them biographical, that light up past and present and fix them in our memories.

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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 brilliantly introduces us Earthbound readers to Zaphod Beeblebrox, the Bable 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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A Treasury of Mark Twain book

A Treasury of Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Mark Twain's reputation grew ever larger as the rest of the world caught up with his wickedly dry wit. In these stories, satires, travel pieces, speeches, letters and anecdotes, Twain pokes fun at himself and other Americans in places as diverse as the Mississippi riverboats and the castles of Europe.

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Medieval Comic Tales book

Medieval Comic Tales

Derek Brewer

A wonderful collection of bawdy and playful tales of foolish monks and cunning wives, illustrated by Becca Thorne and introduced by Peter Ackroyd

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Notes from a Small Island book

Notes from a Small Island

Bill Bryson

Bryson's account of his farewell tour of Britain by public transport is a hilarious and affectionate tribute by Britain's funniest adopted son.

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The Wit of Oscar Wilde book

The Wit of Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

The name of Oscar Wilde has become synonymous with wit. This volume brings together some of the finest and most biting examples - chosen by his grandson from a wide range of essays, stories, plays and poetry - all of them the product of the man who claimed he had nothing to declare but his genius.

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