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Six of the best: funny books

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With April Fool’s Day just around the corner, we’ve rounded up six of the best books bound to tickle your funny bone

DEAR GIRLS

Ali Wong
Heartfelt and hilarious, Ali Wong’s fiercely original and honest set of letters to her two daughters tells them everything they need to know about life. No topics are off limits here, so expect everything from workplace discrimination to erectile dysfunction.
£14.99, Canongate Books

DO YOU MIND IF I CANCEL?

Gary Janetti
Having written for some of the funniest shows on telly, Gary Janetti remains on top form in his first book. Chronicling his early twenties spent in New York, Janetti paints an accurate and painfully funny picture of all the little indignities of everyday life.
£13.99, Flatiron Books

DISHONESTY IS THE SECOND-BEST POLICY

David Mitchell
If anyone can make us laugh in the current political climate then it’s David Mitchell. The Peep Show favourite is back with his trademark satire, this time wielding his pen at everything from salad cream and the Olympics to horsemeat and farts.
£20, Guardian Faber Publishing

THE HEART’S INVISIBLE FURIES

John Boyne
Okay, so this one might have you crying as well as laughing, but John Boyne’s Irish sense of humour means this 700-page novel is crackling with wit and bursting with one-liners. Let Cyril, a gay man growing up in Ireland in the 1960s, whisk you away on a rollercoaster of emotions.
£8.99, Black Swan

I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK

Nora Ephron
Republished this year with a new foreword from Dolly Alderton, everyone’s favourite film director reveals all about what it’s like to get older as a woman. Candid and hilarious, Nora Ephron opens up the conversation around empty nests, maintenance and menopause.
£9.99, Transworld

F*CK YOUR DIET: AND OTHER THINGS MY THIGHS TELL ME

Chloé Hilliard
If you’re sick of society telling you how your body should look, you need to pick up this laugh-out-loud collection of essays. Combining cultural commentary, conspiracies and confessions, this is the ideal antidote to the perfect body myth.
£12.99, Simon & Schuster

Published in: March 2020

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