Serious About Funny


India Smythe Stands Up

 The hilarious new teen novel from the TSBA award-winning author of The Territory series.

‘I love reading Sarah Govett – she’s whip-smart, funny and by plugging into the hope and energy of the youth makes me feel better about these dark times.’
Dame Emma Thompson

But why listen to grown-ups? The teens will tell you themselves:

‘Literally ROFL’ Maame O, aged 14

‘Brilliantly written, made me laugh out loud millions of times’ Amelia L, aged 13 

‘Hilarious and just plainly brilliant’ Svetlana T, aged 11

‘One of the best books I’ve ever read’ Isabella, aged 12

‘Soooo funny … I would 10,000% recommend this to everyone’ Cleo, aged 15

‘Conveys a really powerful message about friendship and status’ Sophie, aged 12

‘Hilarious … really captured the reality of school … I loved it!’ Eliza B, aged 13

‘A must for all teens’ Holly-H C, aged 14

The Rebuilding of Tom

A laugh out loud journey through 21st century manhood in the debut novel from comedian, Spencer Brown.

 ‘A gloriously self-aware, satirical romp through the terrors of relationships, family life and survival.  Philip Roth meets Cold Feet!’
Helen Lederer (Absolutely Fabulous, Losing It (P.G.Wodehouse Award nominee))

‘Spencer Brown is endlessly inventive and delightfully, dependably silly, like a joy-seeking missile’
Richard Ayoade (The IT crowd, Submarine, The Crystal Maze)

‘An aspirational figure for the men of today’
Omid Djalili (Live at the Apollo, The Infidel)

‘Very funny. Peep Show combined with Outnumbered.  But you know.  In a book.’
Josh Howie (Josh Howie’s Losing it, BBC Radio 4)

‘Hilarious and heart-warming’
Andi Osho (Live at the Apollo, Curfew)

Book launch
19 September 2019

Our first two titles are launching this week at Clapham Junction Waterstones. Watch this space for pictures of the event!

About Us

MAROTTE noun. ma·​rotte | \ məˈrät\  A marotte is a prop stick or sceptre with a carved head on it, traditionally carried by jesters. The word is borrowed from the French, where it signifies either a fool’s (literal) “bauble”, or a fad/craze.

Marotte was set up in 2019, with the aim of publishing novels that were genuinely funny. We want the Marotte name to be synonymous with humour. When you see the jester’s head, you know laughs are guaranteed.


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