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Happy World Laughter Day!

May 6th 2021

Associated with the Laughter Yoga movement emanating from India in the late 90s, World Laughter Day is now celebrated annually on the 2nd May around the world.

The premise is simple: that laughter is good for us. The science seems to back it up too – laughing releases endorphins, boosts T-cells in our immune system associated with fighting off illness; improves cardiac health; lowers blood pressure – and that’s not even mentioning that it’s a great workout for one’s abs.

Now, we’re not saying you can giggle your way to a six-pack, but in honour of World Laughter Day, here are some of our favourite comedy novels to exercise your chuckle muscles…

1. Us Three by Ruth Jones.

The story of three friends who as young girls swore their undying friendship on a Curly Wurly wrapper. Heartfelt and hilarious.

2. The Windsor Knot by S J Bennett.

Queen Elizabeth II teams up with her secretary Rozie to solve a rather raunchy murder… Corgis aplenty, a cracking read.

3. Miss Benson's Beetle - Rachel Joyce.

Margery Benson’s a bit of frump. Enid Pretty wears head-to-toe pink. Send them off on a zoological adventure in the jungle of New Caledonia? Full of fun, as moving as it its merry.

4. The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood.

Not to be confused with Richard Osman’s debut novel. This one is our favourite cosy crime novel – not much of a surprise as the writer is the man behind the hit BBC One series, Death In Paradise (da duh da duh duuhhhhh…)


5. Grown Ups by Marian Keyes.

Like Jane Austen for the 21st Century. Observant, bitingly funny.


6. Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny.

It’s a bit awkward when the man you fall in love with has slept with every woman in town. An everywoman novel full of heart and humour.


7. The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson.

A 12-year old hero with big dreams on a crazy adventure. Heart-full-to-burst lovely.

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Happy reading!

Vicki & The LoveMyRead team x

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