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Funny books by women: Comedian Katy Wix picks her favourites

Welsh actress, comedian and author of Delicacy Katy Wix gives The Big Issue her top 5 funny books written by women
Welsh actress comedian Katy Wix. Image credit: Supplied

Welsh actress and comedian Katy Wix has graced our screens on shows such as Not Going Out, Ghosts and The Windsors. Now, she has released Delicacy, described as a “shocking, raw, darkly funny and deeply humane” memoir about cake and death. Here, to celebrate its release, Wix gives us her top 5 funny books written by women.

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God I Feel Modern Tonight: Poems from a Gal about Town by Catherine Cohen

Cat Cohen one of my absolute favourite comedians. This book is total perfection. Fav quote: “I can’t tell if my therapist is cool or just has short bangs.”


Any of the collections of short stories by Joy Williams

I adore her sense of humour. The characters in her stories do and say such unexpected things.


The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis

She is my favourite short story writer. Not all the stories in the collection are amusing but there is something so mischievous and irreverent in her work that really pleases me.


No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

It perfectly captures the universal yet minutely singular details of being alive. The microscopic attention on everyday life is funny to me.


The Vermont Plays by Annie Baker

Her plays are profound and so humane and beautiful but they are also the funniest plays I’ve ever read.

Delicacy: A Memoir about Cake and Death by Katy Wix is out now (Headline, £16.99)