The Diary of a Nobody

The Diary of a Nobody

George Grossmith
Weedon Grossmith


Fiction, Humour




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(Paperback | ISBN 9789386582492 | 184 pp | July 2017)


‘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.’

The spoof diary of a lower-middle-class London clerk, The Diary of a Nobody was first serialized in the legendary magazine of humour and satire, Punch, in 1888-89. It was published as a book in 1892, and has never been out of print since. This comic masterpiece—which details the doings of the ridiculously pompous and accident-prone Charles Pooter, his wife Carrie and their troublesome son Lupin—has been a source of delight to generations of readers and inspired many celebrated writers, from J.B. Priestley and Evelyn Waugh to Helen Fielding and Sue Townsend.


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‘My favourite humourous book of all time.’
—Ruskin Bond

‘The funniest book in the world.’
—Evelyn Waugh, author of Brideshead Revisited

‘[The Diary of a Nobody is] a book that I cherish above all others, a book that I have repeatedly rejoiced in reading, a book that has been my prop and stay in troubled times.’
—Jim Holt, author of Stop Me If You’ve Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes

‘The best comic novel in the language.’
—Gillian Tindall, author of City of Gold: The Biography of Bombay

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