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7 extremely funny books written by women

From fictional diaries to a look at how to be a woman in the world today, these books prove that women are funny.

Extremely funny books by women

Victoria Wood, Ali Wong, Nora Ephron, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Marian Keyes... women have and continue to write some of the funniest books, TV shows and sketches in existence.

And yet, as recently as 2019, to counter the 'women aren’t funny narrative' comedian and actor Helen Lederer felt compelled to found the Comedy Women in Print Prize, which gives out awards in three categories: published comic novels, humorous graphic novels, and unpublished comic novels.

To mark announcement of the 2020 prize longlist, we've compiled some of our favourite funny books by women.

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