The Diary of a Nobody

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Why should I not publish my diary? I have often seen reminiscences of people I have never even heard of, and I fail to see - because I do not happen to be a 'Somebody' - why my diary should not be interesting' Charles Pooter

Subject: Classics
The Diary of a Nobody, George Grossmith

Mr Charles Pooter is a respectable man. He has just moved into a very desirable home in Holloway with his dear wife Carrie, from where he commutes to his job of valued clerk at a reputable bank in the City. Unfortunately neither his dear friends Mr Cummings and Mr Gowing, nor the butcher, the greengrocer's boy and the Lord Mayor seem to recognise Mr Pooter's innate gentility, and his disappointing son Lupin has gone and got himself involved with a most unsuitable fiancee...George and Weedon Grossmith's comic novel, perfectly illustrated by Weedon, is a glorious, affectionate caricature of the English middle-class at the end of nineteenth century.

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  • Paperback
    $14.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780099540885
    Published: 01/07/2010
    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    Extent: 176 pages
  • eBook
    ISBN: 9781409058212
    Published: 01/12/2010
    Imprint: Vintage Digital
    Extent: 176 pages
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"There's a universality about Pooter that touches everybody...fits into the tradition of absurd humour that the British do well, which started with Jonathan Swift and runs through Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear to Monty Python" - Jasper Fforde, Time Out

"The funniest book in the world" - Evelyn Waugh

"Pooter himself is as gentle as you could wish, a wonderful character, genuinely lovable. The book is beautifully constructed" - Andrew Davies, Glasgow Herald

"One of those rare books that nails a cultural archetype and has won the affection of successive generations" - The Times

"The funniest book about a certain type of Englishness...there is a whole line of these comic characters like Captain Mainwaring in Dad's Army, or Basil Fawlty" - Hugh Bonneville, The Times

"Hilarious...I'm so fond of the book I named one of my cats Lupin" - Leslie Phillips

"A classic dig at self-importance in fresh and funny today as it was when it first came out in 1892. I defy any reader not to laugh out loud." - Sue Macgregor, Daily Mail