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Batty Books was the term used on British ice-lolly stick jokes in The '70s to refer to the kind of joke where an alleged book and its author give a Punny Name and/or a Double Entendre.

These are sometimes quoted by characters in various media, but usually only exist in children's jokes. It is confidently predicted that the list of examples remembered by tropers from their primary school days will grow and grow.


Compare Tom Swifty.


  • Beneath the Bleachers by Seymore Butts
  • The Long Fall by Eileen Dover
  • The Valentine's Day Massacre by Tom E. Gunn
  • Swimming the Channel by Frances Near
  • Into the Jaws of Death by Hugo First
  • The Golden Stream by I.P. Freely
  • The Golden Cascade by I.P. Standing
  • Fifty Yards to the Outhouse by Willie Makit, illustrated by Betty Wont and published by Andy Dint
  • Get Rich Quick By Robin Banks
  • The Narrow Escape by Justin Thyme
  • How to Sail by Ty Tanic
  • Make Money Fast by Mary Rich
  • "Introduction to Robotics" by Anne Droid
  • The following examples come from the SNL sketch "Let's Talk Books" where the cast-members play stuffy English professors discussing the books on PBS:
    • The Yellow River by I. P. Freely
    • Lights Out at the Boys' School by Holden and Sharon Dix
    • The Diary of a Hooker by Lotta Cox
    • Through a Brown, Darkly by Ilene Dover
    • Stain on the Great Wall by Hu Flung Pu
    • How to Make Thirty Dollars by Chu Sum Wang
    • Homosexuality in Irish Culture by Michael Fitzpatrick and Patrick Fitzmichael
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    • The Tiger's Revenge by Claude Balls
    • Venereal Disease and its Effects by Maya P. Burns and Dick Hertz

There aren't many published books on the topic but one appears on Amazon and other online stores:


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