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'I fail to see - because I do not happen to be a 'Somebody' - why my diary should be not be interesting' Mr Pooter is a man of modest ambition, content with his clerkly lot. So why is he always in trouble with disagreeable tradesmen, impudent young clerks and wayward friends? And what is he to do about his son Lupin's distinctly unsuitable choice of bride? However hard he tries, life piles its little mishaps on his head - but he's not about to give up. The Diary of a Nobody is a sharp, hilarious satire of suburban values and remains as pertinent now as it was when it was first published a hundred years ago. 'The funniest book I know - the jewel at the heart of English comic literature.' William Trevor, Mail on Sunday

 

Details

ISBN: 9780241956861
Series: Penguin Essentials
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 5 Apr 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 18.1(H) x 11.1(L) x 1.5(W)
Weight (gm): 134

 

Reviews

The funniest book in the world -- Evelyn Waugh
The funniest book I know -- William Trevor * Mail on Sunday *

 

Author Biography

George Grossmith, son of a law reporter and entertainer, was born in 1847. For some years he worked as a journalist, reporting Police Court proceedings for The Times, and in 1870 began his career as a singer and entertainer. His special connection with Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, many of the chief parts of which were his 'creations' began at the Opera Comique. His A Society Clown: Reminiscences was published in 1888, followed by a further volume of reminiscences, Piano and I: Further Remembrances. He died in 1912.

Weedon Grossmith, brother of George, was born in 1854. He was educated at the Slade and the Royal Academy with a view to following a career as a painter, and exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery and the Royal Academy.Joining a theatre company in 1885, he toured the provinces and America. His novel, A Woman with a History, was published in 1896, and the best-known of his many plays, The Night of the Party, was published in 1901. He died in 1919.

The Diary of a Nobody
1999

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