Diary of a Somebody

Diary of a Somebody

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & True Crime, Crime & Thrillers
Paperback Published on: 09/01/2020
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Diary of a Somebody
A review, for you.
Something a little bit different, I was drawn to this a couple of times but wasn't sure if it was for me. I have to say that I really enjoyed it for the mo... READ MORE
Chrys - Plymouth


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
  • ISBN: 9781529005561
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 292g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 27 mm

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Diary of a Somebody
Reading it one day at a time*
And loving it. *’The best way’, the author says.
Jo Dennis
Diary of a Somebody
Brian Bilston - a man for our times...
Brian is, frankly, struggling a bit. His ex-wife is not only happier now she is not his actual wife, she has found a new man – one who seems to have it all... READ MORE
Jane Skudder
Diary of a Somebody
An Engaging Read
Clever, quirky, original and great fun! A thoroughly entertaining read which made me laugh out loud. If you want a book which is a bit different and which ... READ MORE

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