Though Thorne Smith's most popular works involve elements of fantasy and science fiction, the clever novel Turnabout takes his penchant for incorporating supernatural and magical themes in his work and puts one such plot twist to use as a comedic tool. An ancient Egyptian idol grows weary of the seemingly never-ending spats between the Willows, a young married couple, and forces them to switch bodies. As you might expect, hilarious hijinks ensue.
Thorne Smith has done it again. He has captured what appears to be the story of an ordinary married couple with everyday troubles, and has created an off-the-wall comedy with all sorts of twists and turns. After listening to Tim and Sally Willows…
Thorne Smith’s hilarious and ribald comedy about boring and staid bank manager Cosmo Topper who decides to buy a flashy car only to discover it is haunted by its previous owners, George and Marion Kerby. George’s and Marion’s mischievous…
The Stray Lamb
This gem of a book tells the tale of Mr. Lamb, an ordinary man who leads an ordinary life, until a chance encounter leads to him experiencing the world through the eyes of various animals. Thorne Smith again shows his mastery of the comic fantasy…
The Night Life of the Gods
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text…
Topper Takes a Trip
This delightfully quirky ghost story is a follow-up to Thorne Smith's most popular novel, Topper. The stories recount a supernatural love triangle of sorts. Staid banker Cosmo Topper's life has settled into a somewhat boring rut when he happens to…
The Bishops Jaegers
The Bishop's Jaegers was published in 1932. A coffee importer, Peter Van Dyke, is caught in a scandal. Set adrift the adventure takes him to a nudist colony this comic novel takes an exciting turn. A departure from Smith's other writing which…
Topper: The Jovial Ghosts
Topper was Thorne Smith's best selling work. Published in 1926, Topper: The Jovial Ghosts follows respectable banker called Cosmo Topper and his misadventures with a couple of ghosts, Marion and George Kerby. It was made into a film, Topper, for…
The Stray Lamb
Published by 1929, The Stray Lamb follows mild-mannered investment banker, cuckold, and dipsomaniac T. Lawrence Lamb. He has many adventures and transforms into various animals throughout the novel. As in many Thorne Smith novels, a courtroom scene…
The Glorious Pool
The Glorious Pool, published in 1934, is a humorous novel set in the time of Prohibition. Rex Pepple is an adulterous old man with a mistress and a Japanese houseboy who discover a swimming pool that contains water from a fountain of youth. Hijinks…
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