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Diary of a Somebody

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From office politics to bin day; searing jealousies to procrastination; and, of course, heart-break; we are taken through a year where Brian seems to be his own worst enemy. With more than 400,000 followers on social media, Brian has become truly beloved by the online community. I have long envied artists who draw and sketch each day; who are able to transform ordinary visual experience into art – I imagine it to be a joy. However, by the middle of the book the too-clever-by-half poems and incessant painting of Brian as a hapless Some mother's do 'ave 'em sad-sack began to pall. It's hilarious, sad, clever and it is full of poetry that makes the reader delight in the obvious enjoyment that went into writing it.

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 a unique, original and hilarious novel.William Hartston * Daily Express * Word play, laugh-out-loud poems and the deft skewering of office life are part of the fun in this brilliant comic debut.

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. Fragilities, lack of confidence and a serious custard cream habit conspire to make his life less than ideal, but along the way we see that human relationships are the important stuff of life. The book picked up in excitement in the ninth month, but it was too late, and even though the book became more exciting, the main character never improved quite enough for you to feel too happy about any good coming his way.I picked this up after reading his poem of You Caught the Last Bus Home, which was amazing, but the library didn’t have that book.

His son Dylan has twigged that Brian is possibly depressed and in need of help (“he made reference to my sobbing and the repeated banging of my head on the table”). I've never read poetry before, but this book has a story with a little poetry thrown in, that will make you laugh and make you cry.

Dominic Kearney * Irish News * 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 .

It's January 1st and Brian Bilston is convinced that this year, his New Year's resolution will change his life. Part tender love story, part suburban murder mystery, part scathing description of a wasted life, and interspersed with some of the funniest poems about the mundane and the profound, Diary of a Somebody is a unique, original and hilarious novel.It’s January 1st and Brian Bilston is convinced that this year, his New Year’s resolution will change his life. He’s like a poetic semi-grown-up Bridget Jones/Adrian Mole hybrid with infusions of Magnus Mills and Dan Rhodes and Rachel Joyce and Jonas Jonasson – but so much more than that too. Bilston’s terrific debut is that rare find: a genuinely funny – not to mention bittersweet and clever - comic novel. The idea of him writing a poem every day for a year, sounded like a fun read, and to be fair, I actually did enjoy most of the poems.

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