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Diary of a Somebody Paperback – 9 Jan. 2020

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Nobody must find out about this unique gem, because I’m giving it to EVERYONE -- Dawn French

I will be astonished if I read a more original, more inventive or funnier novel this year. -- Adam Kay

Achingly funny.
Without doubt it should win next year's Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for the best comic novel, even if my own novel is in contention as well -- Jonathan Coe

If you like a) laughing or b) words which rhyme with each other, you will love Brian Bilston -- Richard Osman

Not since Victoria Wood has a writer squeezed so much hilarity from a biscuit.The Oldie

How do I laugh at thee? Let me count the ways . . .
If you like sub-Carry On puns, clever parodies of famous poems and Wittgensteinian meditations on language, you’ll love itMail on Sunday

The midlife answer to Adrian Mole? It's a big comparison to make, in comic novel terms, but Brian Bilston - parodist and 'poet laureate of Twitter'- is worthy . . . Laugh. Cry. Cringe. ― Stella Magazine, Sunday Telegraph

He has a knack for playing with language but his poems are accessible, witty and touching . . .
In fact I rather regretted reading it over just a couple of days - it would have been better to take longer and saver it. -- Kirsty McLuckie ― The Scotsman Magazine

A welcome reminder of the joy to be had when you put yourself in the hands of
someone who knows their way round both a joke and a bittersweet narrative . . . Funny and ingeniousThe Times

In a similar way to Morrissey and John Cooper Clarke, [Bilston] has the ability to make the mundane both funny and beautiful – whether that's taking out the bins or procrastinating on Twitter . . .
A must-read for anyone who is a fan of wordplay, puns, The Smiths and custard creams. -- Dominic Kearney ― Irish News

The English comic novel, whose death this year was announced prematurely, is
actually alive, well and in the safe hands of Brian Bilston -- Jonathan Coe ― The Times

Highly original, genuinely funny and clever, with a gentle humanity in between the lines.
Brian Bilston should be Poet Laureate -- John O'Farrell

Bilston is the greatest English anti-hero of our time. His poems have delighted people on Twitter for several years, and now he's treated us to this brilliant novel . . . This book has everything you want from a comic novel . . .
Brian Bilston is real. And I love himSpectator

The pseudonymous Brian Bilston turns the base metal of comic verse into gold . . . Imagine a mash-up of John Cooper Clarke, Ed Reardon’s Week and James Joyce, and you’re about halfway there . . .
Bilston is a magician with words . . . Read this novel in short bursts, pausing to savour its individual brillianciesGuardian

Brian Bilston is bringing poetry to the masses . . . topical, witty, thoughtful ― Irish Times

Brian Bilston is a laureate for our fractured times, a wordsmith who cares deeply about the impact his language makes as it dances before our eyes -- Ian McMillan

One of the funniest novels in years . . .It also has genuine heart - and scores of poems so witty and accomplished that, in the real world, their author would surely be as famous as, well . . . I predict that Brian Bilston will soon be ― Reader's Digest

Part John Cooper Clarke, part Frank Sidebottom . . . brilliant ― Esquire

Bilston is no stranger to crafting
cleverly composed poetryHuffington Post

Word play, laugh-out-loud poems and the deft skewering of office life are part of the fun in this
brilliant comic debut. -- Eithne Farry ― Sunday Express

In 1892, George and Weedon Grossmith published
The Diary of a Nobody, now a classic of comic writing. In 1978, Christopher Matthew updated the idea. Now Brian Bilston brings us another Diary of a Somebody and it's as fun as its predecessors. -- William Hartston ― Daily Express

fun, charming novel is a fine showcase for Bilston’s irrepressible creativity . . . It’s all done with wit, playfulness and a sense of amused wonder at the possibilities and idiosyncrasies of the English language, with the occasional groanworthy pun seeming like a price well worth paying. -- Alastair Mabbott ― Herald

Bilston has perfected his comic voice, which brings to mind a bitter man-child with spades of misanthropic charm and a dash of Alan Partridge-esque pedantry.
This is a comic novel of the highest order.Literary Review

An original, imaginative and funny book.Daily Mirror

Part murder mystery, mainly great comic novel."What We're Reading", i

Charming, funny and touching. -- Ian Rankin ― First Printing

The midlife answer to Adrian Mole? It’s a big comparison to make, in comic novel terms, but
Brian Bilston is worthy. In Diary of a Somebody, Brian makes a New Year’s Resolution to write a poem a day for a year. Hilarious results ensue, as well as the disappearance of a poetry (and love) rival. Laugh. Cry. Cringe -- Stella Magazine ― Sunday Telegraph

Sparkling with wit, intelligence and humanity. -- Jonathan Coe ― First Printing

About the Author

Brian Bilston is clouded in the pipe smoke of mystery.

He has been described as the Banksy of poetry and Twitter’s unofficial Poet Laureate. With over 50,000 followers, numbering J. K. Rowling, Roger McGough and Frank Cottrell Boyce amongst many, many other luminaries, Brian has become truly beloved by the Twitter community. His first collection,
You Took the Last Bus Home, was published by Unbound.

He won the Great British Write Off competition in 2015 – and was the Poet in Residence for the World Economic Forum in 2016. There have been features on him on BBC Radio 4’s
Today programme, the BBC news website, the Irish Times, the Independent and the Smithsonian Magazine. Most of these features seem to have largely centred around his pipe.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Picador; Main Market edition (9 Jan. 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1529005566
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1529005561
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13 x 2.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Customer reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585 ratings

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Brian Bilston has been described as Twitter’s unofficial Poet Laureate. With more than 200,000 followers on social media, including J.K. Rowling, Roger McGough and Frank Cottrell Boyce, Brian has become truly beloved by the online community. He has published two collections of poetry, You Took the Last Bus Home (Unbound, 2016) and Alexa, what is there to know about love? (Picador, 2021), and his novel Diary of a Somebody (Picador, 2019) was shortlisted for the Costa first novel award. He has also published a collection of football poetry, 50 Ways to Score a Goal (Macmillan, 2021), and his acclaimed poem Refugees (Palazzo, 2019) has been made into an illustrated book for children.

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