If you are in the mood to laugh out loud this summer, this list of the 30 funniest books ever written is for you.

Many of our early reading memories include the recollection of innocent giggles as we were read humorous children’s tales by our parents and grandparents.

Reading funny books is great for you, regardless of how loudly or not they make you laugh. An inner smile is still a smile. Plus, reading generally, makes you smarter, sharper and a wittier presence in your friends’ lives.

This list of the 30 funniest books through recent times, put together by Esquire magazine, has some great titles from the ethereal teenage read The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend, through The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams to Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K Jerome and a whole load more. This list has some surprising inclusions and has something for everyone on the beach this summer.