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Diary of a Somebody - Brian Bilston

Diary of a Somebody - Brian Bilston

Title: Diary of a Somebody

Author:  Brian Bilston

ISBN:  9781529005547

Weight:  943g

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Diary of a Somebody by Brian Bilston

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.

Peer & Press Reviews

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, author of Middle England

Brian Bilston is bringing poetry to the masses… with his topical, witty, thoughtful and accessible poems.

Irish Times

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, author of To Fold the Evening Star

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Diary of a Somebody
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes Costa First Novel award 2019 – shortlist
Book Stats
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781529005547
ISBN 10 152900554X
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 392 (inc. A Note about the Poems)
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 163 x 37mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket design Keenan
Jacket illustration Jon McNaught

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