The Diary of a Nobody

George Grossmith

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07 February 2019
0 pages

'The funniest book in the world' Evelyn Waugh

The Diary of a Nobody is a comic masterpiece which has been hugely influential since its first publication in 1892. This edition features Weedon Grossmith’s original illustrations and an afterword by novelist Paul Bailey.

Proud to be ensconced with his wife Carrie in the desirable London suburb of Holloway, bank clerk Charles Pooter decides to keep a diary. From the frequent visits by his dear friends Mr Cummings and Mr Gowing to the ups and downs of his feckless son Lupin, the self-regarding Mr Pooter considers, mistakenly, that all aspects of his life are worthy of note. The result is a hilarious spoof and a perfectly pitched satire on late Victorian society.

The funniest book in the world

Evelyn Waugh

There's a universality about Pooter that touches everybody . . . [he] 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

Pooter himself is as gentle as you could wish, a wonderful character, genuinely lovable. The book is beautifully constructed

Andrew Davies - Glasgow Herald