Humour and Trivia 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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1066 and All That - A Memorable History of England book

1066 and All That - A Memorable History of England

W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman

With only two genuine dates, this irreverent romp is history as every schoolboy would wish it – hilarious and memorable.

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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 Compleet Molesworth book

The Compleet Molesworth

Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle

In this edition the full Molesworth tetralogy is gathered together along with Ronald Searle’s witty and wicked cartoons. Now back by popular demand, it also includes an introduction by poet Wendy Cope.

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court book

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Mark Twain

A hilarious novel from the master of satire and irony. Factory manager Hank finds himself transported to legendary Camelot, but soon discovers that King Arthur's court isn't quite as chivalrous as he thought. Illustrated by David Hughes.

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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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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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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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Emil and the Detectives book

Emil and the Detectives

Erich Kästner

Set in 1920s Berlin, this is a charming modern classic. With a preface by Michael Rosen and original illustrations by Walter Trier.

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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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Good Behaviour book

Good Behaviour

Molly Keane

A gloriously biting and witty story of an aristocratic family in decline. With their country seat falling apart, servants revolting and the bills mounting, all the St Charles family will soon have left to rely on are their impeccable manners.

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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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Loving book

Loving

Henry Green

Green's parody of the country-house novel describes the life above and below stairs in Kinalty Castle, an isolated ‘gothic pile’. A modern classic brought to life with illustrations by Christopher Corr.

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