Oh winter. You big long, hopelessly dreary mess. When will you end?
Yep, it’s that time of year when we all need a bit of a chuckle – so instead of googling Cats VS Cucumbers, why not head to Amazon and order yourself a funny book to get you through the winter months?
From Alan Partridge to Amy Poehler, there are tons of lol reads on the market to give you more than a guffaw on the tube, and, because the lovely lot at LOOK towers all happen to be raging bibliophiles (true story), we’ve handpicked some of the very best funny books out there to tickle your literary fancy.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (Picador)
Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Let’s Pretend This Never Happened Jenny Lawson is back with her newest offering Furiously Happy, which provides a humorous yet poignant look at the author’s battle with depression and anxiety disorder.
I Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan by Alan Partridge (Harper)
We’ll admit that if you aren’t a closet Partridge fan then this (ahem) autobiography will probably make no sense at all, but for those of you in the know, I Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan is probably THE funniest comic memoir on the planet. Penned by none other than the charismatic broadcaster extraordinaire Alan Gordon Partridge, this book is an absolute must for fans. Be warned – if read in public you will start laughing like an absolute loon.
Sick In The Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow (Random House)
From the acclaimed writer and director of smash comedy Knocked Up Judd Apatow comes a hilarious collection of intimate interviews with some of comedy’s biggest names including Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and Lena Dunham. Expect lots of lolling.
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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari (Allen Lane)
In this frank look at today’s modern dating scene, Aziz Ansari enlists the help of a socialogist to help get his head around the global pheneomenon that is online dating. Hilarious and ridiculously relevant (come on, who ISN’T on Tinder these days), Ansari’s journey takes him from dating cultures in Tokyo, Buenos Aires and Paris to looking at how the smartphone has become integral for setting up romantic trysts. A must read.
, is a hilarious collection of life advice based around her own zany personal experiences. Witty, clever and downright laugh-out-loud genius, Amy tackles issues such as parenthood, sex and friendship in this charming memoir.
Bossypants by Tina Fey (Sphere)
Of course, we couldn’t mention Amy Poehler without speaking about BFF Tina Fey in the same breath could we? Tina’s hugely successful autobiography is a must for all girls that have one been called ‘bossy’. From her SNL days through to 30 Rock and beyond, Tina’s self-depricating humour and razor sharp wit jumps out off the page in into your heart. A true icon for funny girls everywhere, this 2012 belter is a fantastic commuter read.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend (Puffin)
An oldie but a goodie, this coming of age classic gave rise to one of the most prolific voices of the ’80s generation – troubled and angst-ridden teenager Adrian Mole. If you’ve yet to read any of Sue Townsend’s bestselling Adrian Mole series then we promise, you are in for a serious treat. This, the first book in the collection, deals with Adrian at a tender age. From dealing with his parents’ marital problems to becoming a tortured poet, Adrian’s warts n’all diary is still as hilarious as it was when it was first released over thirty years ago. Simply, brilliant.