Diary of a Somebody (Paperback)Brian Bilston (author)
Bilston’s terrific debut is that rare find: a genuinely funny – not to mention bittersweet and clever - comic novel. Interspersed with the hilarious, parodic poems that have made his name on Twitter, Diary of a Somebody follows the misadventures of the poet, sometime Casanova and expert procrastinator as he variously pursues love, fame and an unfortunately missing rival. A laugh-aloud pleasure.
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2019
It's January 1st and Brian Bilston is convinced that this year, his New Year's resolution will change his life. Every day for a year, he will write a poem. It's quite simple.
Brian's life certainly needs improving. His ex-wife has taken up with a new man, a motivational speaker and indefatigable charity fundraiser to boot; he seems to constantly disappoint his long-suffering son; and at work he is drowning in a sea of spreadsheets and management jargon. So poetry will be his salvation. But there is an obstacle in the form of Toby Salt, his arch nemesis at Poetry Club and rival suitor to Liz, Brian's new poetic inspiration.
When Toby goes missing, just after the announcement of the publication of his first collection, This Bridge No Hands Shall Cleave, Brian becomes the number one suspect. If he is to regain his reputation and to have a chance of winning Liz, he must find out what has happened to Toby before it is too late.
Part tender love story, part murder mystery, part coruscating description of a wasted life, and interspersed with some of the funniest poems about the mundane and the profound, Diary of a Somebody is the most original novel you will read this or any year.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 284 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 27 mm
'Nobody must find out about this unique gem, because I'm giving it to EVERYONE, and I want to appear clever and discerning. It's a very funny/touching/novel/ poetry kinda book all about the big/little stuff, and above all, it's eminently wrappable.' - Dawn French
'Glorious. I will be astonished if I read a more original, more inventive or funnier novel this year.' - Adam Kay
'The English comic novel, whose death this year was announced prematurely, is actually alive, well and in the safe hands of Brian Bilston. Here is a wonderful, laugh-out-loud comedy of suburban despair in the great tradition of David Nobbs and Sue Townsend. And it comes, of course, with the added bonus of Bilston's poetry, sparkling here with all the wit, intelligence and humanity that has won him more than 50,000 followers on twitter.' - Jonathan Coe
'Highly original, genuinely funny and clever, with a gentle humanity in between the lines. Brian Bilson should be Poet Laureate.' - John O'Farrell
'In the future a new word will enter the language: a Bilston, which will denote one of those times in the day when we see the world from a perspective that is strange, wonderful and packed with a kind of gleaming joy. This book is a clock ticking with Bilstons.' - Ian MacMillan
'If you like a) laughing or b) words which rhyme with each other, you will love Brian Bilston.' - Richard Osman
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“Most original novel...”
Brian is my hero, stuck in a rut, divorced with a teenage son with going nowhere job, dreams to become the next big poet. He decides to keep a diary for every day with a poem, that is what we read in this book.
“A Haiku Review”
A book with poems
And a mystery tale too
It's well worth a read
“A work of genius”
How on earth am I supposed to review this book? It's part fiction, part poetry, part diary. The sum of the parts though is, in my opinion, a work of genius.
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