The Diary of a Nobody
The Diary of a Nobody is a comic masterpiece that has been hugely influential since its first publication in 1892.
Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition features Weedon Grossmith’s original illustrations and an afterword by novelist Paul Bailey.
Proud to be ensconced with his wife Carrie at ‘The Laurels’ in the desirable London suburb of Holloway, bank clerk Charles Pooter decides to keep a diary. From the frequent visits from 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.
In the media
The funniest book in the world
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
One of those rare books that nails a cultural archetype and has won the affection of successive generations