Feeling the doom and gloom of summer drawing to a close? This selection of laugh-out-loud memoirs and novels is sure to beat the autumn blues…
Chris Kraus’ gloriously vibrant and outrageously funny semi-autobiographical novel about a woman’s unrequited passion for her husband’s friend became a cult classic in the US on its 1997 release, but was only published in the UK two years ago. It came to wider attention last year when Amazon adapted it for the small screen and is now finally being recognised as the challenging, screwball masterpiece it is. Perhaps not one for the morning commute, though…
Margary’s account of the befuddling challenges of 21st Century parenthood is whip-smart, honest and layered with love. Finding the humour in the nitty-gritty of everyday life, there are tales in here for every parent of young children to relate to.
When Nicholas Young hears his grandmother is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside – but he’s not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has turned up to stake their claim to the family fortune, triggering a scandalous and wickedly funny feud. This is the third instalment of Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, so be sure to head back to book one.
From drunk online-shopping regrets to face-palm yoga moments, this collection of quick-fire, relatable real-life stories from a mother and daughter team is guaranteed to make you chuckle. It also coins the term ‘guyatus’ – our favourite new phrase for when you’re taking a step back from the dating scene.
Charming, satirical and almost too real, What Are We Even Doing with Our Lives? is the ‘children’s’ book for adults we’ve all been waiting for. Everyone in Digi Valley is very, very busy – texting, blogging, swiping for dates and binging on their favourite shows – but can they rise to the challenge when the unthinkable happens and the internet goes down?
“Nothing keeps a relationship on its toes so much as lively debate. Fortunate, then, that my girlfriend and I agree on absolutely nothing. At all.” This is how Mil Millington sums up his relationship with feisty German girlfriend Margaret, but out of their clashes comes a funny tale of love and fatherhood that’s insightful and sweet.
Ambitious New Yorkers Lucy and Owen decide to trade in bustling city life for Beekman, a leafy, rural haven. But when life at a slower pace throws up a few question marks about their comfortable, stable and – perhaps slightly dull – marriage, it’s not long before an enticing new experiment is suggested: an open relationship. Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. What could go wrong?
Lockwood, an irreverent poet who first emerged on Twitter, has produced a memoir that is as quick-witted and hilarious as it is astonishingly well-written. While her father – a Catholic convert priest who lounges in boxer shorts and blares electric guitar at 2am – is undoubtedly the star of the show, Priestdaddy contains an entire cast of characters, from her safety-obsessed mother to a sexually-embarrassed seminarian, that are hard to forget.
Arthur Dent is a very normal man until a chance encounter with an alien in disguise leads to a very unusual adventure through time and space. For pure escapism, you can’t do much better than this surreal, captivating sci-fi adventure. Hitchhiker’s is a comic classic that, after almost 40 years, has lost none of its shine.
This collection of quirky essays about life as a twentysomething is truly unputdownable. From getting locked out of her flat twice on the same day and being fired for baking a giant cookie in the shape of her boss' head, Sloane can’t seem to do anything right. Her challenges, however, make for a joyful read.