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The Best Humour & Puzzle Books This Christmas

Posted on 6th December 2020 by Mark Skinner

Humour and puzzle books make the perfect presents for Christmas, with perennial favourites like the Private Eye and Viz annuals jostling for stocking-space with addictive brainteasers like the Ordnance Survey Great British Treasure Hunt and the Big British Railway Puzzle Book. Chuckle along with the cheesiest of Dad Jokes and the completely factually accurate jottings of Dominic Cummings, or fill your head full of fascinating trivia courtesy of Susie Dent and the Q.I. Elves.          

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2020 has proved rich pickings for satire and the ever-dependable Private Eye Annual doesn’t disappoint, treating everyone from Dominic Cummings to Donald Trump with hilarious, withering scorn.

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From the delightfully warped Dung Beetle Reading Scheme that gave us We Go To The Gallery and We Do Christmas comes a razor-sharp satire of lockdown life packed full of parodies of vintage illustrations.
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With her inimitable wit and humour, Sandi Toksvig guides you through 2021, sharing stories of fascinating women forgotten by history that will function as a springboard for your own discoveries.

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The Daily Telegraph’s wry satirist serves up a year’s worth of chortlesome cartoons that poke gentle fun at the drama and madness of the past twelve months.

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The twelfth collection of unpublished letters from the witty, imaginative and sometimes downright bizarre minds of Daily Telegraph readers is as much of an unbridled joy as ever.
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In The Secret Political Adviser, the brains behind the hilarious ' The Man in the Room Next Door' sketches continues his desperate attempts to stop world leaders from committing excruciating bloopers.
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The internet phenomenon and artist behind The Story of Life and Motivational Quotes to Help You Be More Positive delivers another hilarious and oddly touching volume of cartoons that approach life from a unique perspective.
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Bookseller and author of Confessions of a Bookseller Shaun Bythell ruminates hilariously on the different types of folk encountered in a bookshop, from crafty antiquarians to gormless sales assistants.
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The third gloriously groanworthy book in the Dad Jokes series picks the most cringe-worthy gags submitted to Dad Says Jokes – and adds in a few corkers from the author’s father for good measure.
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Veering seamlessly from horror to comedy to kitchen-sink drama, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton gather together the scripts to the first three series of the acclaimed anthology show.
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With his inimitable humour and laid-back charm, Bill Bailey contemplates the nature of joy and gratification in this brilliantly uplifting collection of essays.
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With gentle wisdom and adorable illustrations, Yuki Hattori investigates the feline mind and provides invaluable insights into understanding the dreams and desires of cats.
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Full of singer James Blunt’s hallmark humour, How to be a Complete and Utter Blunt takes us through a year in the life of the world's most reluctant social media star.
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Based on the hugely popular Twitter thread, Men to Avoid in Art and Life fits achingly relatable examples of mansplaining to classical paintings, in a hilarious riposte to overbearing men throughout the ages.
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The astonishing thoughts, schemes and machinations of the Prime Minister’s closest adviser – as discovered on a train by Father Ted co-writer Arthur Matthews – makes for side-splitting, satirical reading.
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The outrageous agony aunts and podcast superstars Joan and Jericha set their provocative, hysterical and utterly filthy wisdom down on the printed page in this side-splitting volume.

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The legendary magazine celebrates 2020 in typically ribald style, with old favourites like Roger Mellie and the Fat Slags rubbing up against Ed Sheeran’s Fountain of Popularity and side-splitting spoof letters.

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With a characteristic mix of fierce intelligence and withering wit, Richard Herring deconstructs misogyny, toxic masculinity and manxiety by expanding on his blistering retorts to online trolls and embittered keyboard warriors.

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Quiz & Puzzle Books



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From the industrious trivia nuts who power the television hit QI comes a compendium of brain-boggling answers to the weird and wonderful questions asked them on Zoe Ball’s Radio 2 breakfast show.
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Following on from the bestselling Puzzle Tour of Britain, this gorgeous Ordnance Survey puzzle book invites quizzers on a brainteasing trip around the British Isles in pursuit of some very real treasure.
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Trivia heaven for locomotive lovers, The Big British Railway Puzzle Book contains brainteasers, quizzes and even a murder mystery to keep readers’ mental faculties firmly on track.
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Packed with imaginative and engaging puzzles about books, authors and the joys of reading, Wigglesworth’s charming volume is a bibliophile’s dream.
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From vexatious vocabularies to awe-inspiring alphabets, Alex Bellos’s delightfully quirky puzzle book is a glorious celebration of language and the riddles and eccentricities that it contains.
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The ideal gift for all afficionados of the hit TV drama, The Official Peaky Blinders Quiz Book contains over a thousand ruthlessly challenging questions about the world of the Shelbys.
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Test yourself on every aspect of Ambridge life with this beautifully presented and neatly compiled quiz book on the iconic radio soap opera.
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A fun and engaging way to brush up on feminist history, Meades-Williams’s excellent compendium of puzzles, crosswords and wordsearches brings a whole new level of interactivity to learning about pioneering women.
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Marrying the intellectual thrill of escape rooms to the formidable crime-solving skills of the Great Detective, Sherlocked! puts a riveting new spin on the classic whodunit.
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Check out whether your knowledge of the Trotter family is lovely jubbly or whether you are a plonker when it comes to Only Fools and Horses, with this brilliant quiz book about the classic sitcom.
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