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The Best Books of 2021: Humour

Posted on 16th November 2021 by Mark Skinner

Whether it's skewering the rich and powerful with Private Eye, channelling your inner Regency bigwig with Duchess Wibberfluffle or deftly maintaining your authority with a bit of help from Jackie Weaver, hold onto your sides as we present the very best of the year's hilarious humour titles, ideal for stocking fillers and treats for the tree. 


 

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The legendary magazine takes more satirical sideswipes at those holding the reins of power in this compendium of pieces from the turbulent last twelve months.

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A treasure trove of satire from the pages of Private Eye, this sumptuous volume is a history of the past 60 years through the most acerbic cartoons, columns and spoofs in the land.

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Gathering the acclaimed coronavirus columns of Private Eye's 'M.D.' this darkly witty collection proves adept at both trenchant critique of those in political power and compassion and sound scientific advice for everyone caught up in the horror of the pandemic.
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A blistering satirical survey of a year like no other that delivers the political stories of the last twelve months in withering sketch form, Britain’s Best Political Cartoons 2021 is a bitesize, easily digestible glance at the state of the nation.
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Britain's leading authority on political cartoons delivers another side-splitting collection of comic strips that have skewered characters and issues close to the nation’s heart – or nerves – over the last three centuries.
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The British Press’s most consistently spot-on satirist returns with a collection of his most hilarious and perceptive cartoons of the year, culled from the pages of the Daily Telegraph.
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The 21st century William Hogarth returns with more scabrous and side-splitting satirical collages of the powerful and influential in ever more bizarre settings, as he takes a hatchet to the lockdowns, insurrections and scandals of the past year.
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Born out of the emotional tempests and contradictions Covid-19 has forced upon us, this scalpel-sharp mock epic from the inimitable Scottish satirist is as much about Britain and Brexit as it is about the pandemic.
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From Boris's pound-shop Churchill tribute act to ‘Door’ Matt Hancock, John Crace serves up his best side-splitting sketches on the goings-on in Westminster from the past twelve, turbulent months.
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A pin-sharp parody of former Waterstones Book of the Year The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, Magrs' hilarious volume replaces the uplifting epigrams and companionship with a trio of swearing, duplicitous toys and some killer one-liners.
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A playful parody of the bestselling former Waterstones Book of the Year The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse follow the hilarious journey of a woman accompanied by an assortment of animals in a soul-searching quest for an open pub.
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A perfect present for all Bridgerton fans, this hilarious spoof etiquette manual from Duchess Wibberfluffle divulges the best tips on how bag a handsome viscount. Move over, Lady Whistledown!
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Serious issues get tackled in a splendidly acerbic, tongue-in-cheek way in this riotous volume that mixes verse and edgy illustrations to highly entertaining effect.
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Geeky, glorious and guaranteed to delight Dungeons & Dragons aficionados, this utterly hilarious role-playing guide for pets will have its readers in stiches from the very first page.
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Celebrating 25 years of Garner's side-splitting retellings of classic children's tales, this wonderfully witty volume gains a new lease of life amidst modern discussions of 'woke' culture.
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From the Topless Speed Freaks to Roger's Profanisaurus, The Copper's Torch delivers exactly the kind of reliably ribald chuckles and outrageous comic strips that are Viz's speciality.

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Hilarious and charming, two dinosaurs try to make sense of the madness of modern life and the complexities of mental health in this book inspired by the popular web comic.
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Giles captures the chaos of British domestic life and throws open the doors to his own abode in this latest, hilarious annual compilation of the very best strips from the Daily Express' star cartoonist.
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Going strong since 1963, Britain's funniest basset hound continues his uplifting adventures in this 2022 yearbook bringing together the most amusing Fred Bassett strips from the Daily Mail.
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This book-shaped laughter pill from the super popular community-run jokes network @DadSaysJokes comes loaded with lashing of fun and the cheesy servings of the punniest dad jokes.
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Packed full of gloriously groanworthy gags, Rowe’s compendium of puns and wordplay boasts jokes from some of the finest comics in the business.
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Collecting the deliciously pithy aphorisms of Robert Eddison in one handsome volume, Peeing is Relieving provides short, sharp sayings for every occasion.
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Collecting the wonderful worst of the irreverent Facebook page that became a viral mega-hit, Wolfwinkle’s hilariously awful sketches of the public’s beloved pets is a side-splitting tribute to artistic ineptitude.
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Packed with side-splitting shots of mullered moggies coupled with hilarious captions, this is the ideal gift for cat lovers everywhere.
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Packed with side-splitting shots of plastered pooches coupled with hilarious captions, this is the ideal gift for dog lovers everywhere.
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Expert dog behaviourist Mat Ward brings plenty of humour to an invaluable guide to understanding every woof, whine and wag from a canine companion.
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In the irresistible vein of the Taskmaster game show, this gloriously entertaining volume from Alex Horne serves up a shedload of missions to keep everyone entertained in the race to find The Taskmaster's Head.
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An unexpected gift for fans of the legendary comedian, Jasper Rees presents - with warmth and insight - a rich archive of previously unpublished and unseen work, including sketches, songs and comic musings, from throughout her career.
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Perfect for any fans mourning the final farewell at the gates of the Rosebud Motel, this illustrated companion volume - packed with information about the characters, favourite episodes, locations and more - is a celebration of everything that made Schitt’s Creek one of the most successful series comedies of recent times.
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Boasting behind-the-scenes images, interviews with cast and crew and expert analysis of the first five series, this is the definitive guide for all fans of Pemberton and Shearsmith's groundbreaking dark comedy anthology show.
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A new official guide to the success story that is Only Fools and Horses, Lovely Jubbly is packed with exciting and very funny behind-the-scenes info, interviews and rare photos of Del Boy and the gang in action.
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Featuring disobedient animals, uncooperative plants and an unexpected pandemic, Diddly Squat is a rip-roaring account of the year Jeremy Clarkson decided to turn his hand to farming at his scenic Cotswolds estate.
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From nosey neighbours to managing teenagers, comedian and actor Jack Dee dishes out advice on all life’s challenges in this hilarious book.
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The perils and pitfalls of family holidays explored in characteristically hilarious fashion by the comedian and his parents in this addictive mash-up of bizarre travel guide and cringe-inducing memoir.
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One of the nation’s favourite funnymen looks back upon his quirky rural childhood in the 90s whilst offering hilarious commentary on all the cult TV shows, from Neighbours to Gladiators, that shaped him as a person.
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A treasure trove of jokes and insights from one of our top comedians, Before & Laughter serves up an extraordinary spread of humour and smile-inducing tips for how to feel more at ease with yourself.
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From the pervasiveness of Covid to the authority of Jackie Weaver, the thirteenth collection of unpublished letters to the Daily Telegraph ups the ante on eccentric propositions, side-splitting observations and bizarre assertions.
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From lottery predictions to the best way to wash fruit, the QI Elves field more eccentric, intriguing and surprisingly intelligent questions from the great British public in the second volume of fun facts and terrific trivia.
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Covering almost any relationship imaginable between two people – as well as certain countries – comedian and actor Daniel Sloss puts an altogether hilarious spin on inter-relational problems.
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Honing in on the various mild but bothersome everyday illnesses and ailments, Mustn’t Grumble draws from science and history to provide a fascinating run-through of 120 everyday inconveniences from hiccups to hay fever in a thoroughly entertaining fashion.
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Twitter titan James Felton serves up a smorgasbord of silly, scatological and downright disgusting tidbits of trivia guaranteed to have readers laughing out loud and shuddering in horror at the same time.
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Enormously witty and refreshing, You Do Have the Authority Here! is an indispensable guidebook for zoom etiquette, getting things done and keeping your cool from the infamous Handforth Parish Council meeting star Jackie Weaver.
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The brainchild of designer and shop owner Eleanor Tattersfield, Lockdown Secrets features a host of revealing and intriguing anonymous postcards detailing shameful acts people have perpetrated during the pandemic.
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A book that is like a warm hug for the soul; comedian Rob Auton’s humane, philosophical and absolutely hilarious musings and drawings on everyday miracles and the things that truly connect us.
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Packed full of cringeworthy - and totally meaningless - office speak, this hilarious volume boasts a plethora of new phrases and euphemisms to brighten your working day.
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