This wonderful book by my only favourite poet Brian Bilston, is actually not entirely a poetry book at all which is what I love about it.It s very funny You should buy it and try it You can come back and moan at me if you don t like it. I love Brian Bilston s poems and his first book you took the last bus home is also a must read.I must admit this started a little slowly might have just been my frame of mind But from half way on I couldn t wait to read on I read the last quarter in one go.This is a strange blend of poetry and a story in the form of a diary I m still not sure if I want to punch, shake or hug Brian the character not the author It works though and there are a lot of laugh out loud moments along with a bit of drama and some frustrations along the way. Loving most of the content, but it really is time that Kindles had a better approach to pictures, and that Kindle versions were checked before release Unlike the font sizes that can change from tiny to huge, pictures are one size fits all , except that it s usually too small And one set of poems, that may be on a single page in the book, or a two page spread, with two columns New Year Haiku Horoscopes, Wed Jan 31st are a mess because the two columns idea is retained, but verses may be spread over two pages rather than just continuing in the same column These would be better without the double columns Other pictures, like the Acoustic Guitar 27 Jan or Inbox 15 Jan are close to unreadable And of course, a poem presented as an image doesn t count as searchable text, so you can t search for Acoustic Guitar Absolute genius The funniest, cleverest book I ve ever read which has become one of my all time favourites Had the privilege of seeing B B at a poetry reading in Corbridge he had us all in stitches and now I can re read Diary of A Somebody and hear his delivery which brings his Poetry even to life Please, please, please write novels with your poetry Mr Bilston It s rare that I fail to side with the narrator in a novel, but by god Brian is insufferable, ineffectual and a loser The fact of his love life still looking rosy at the end of the novel is laughable, as any other potential lover would have walked away a long time ago The story is packed with the usual comic characters and Bilston s writing style is effective, easy to read and moves the story along at a nice pace.The poems are terrific, often than not relevant to the action in the story, and often made me chortle The poem towards the end of the novel about grief was also very touching and bought a bit of a lump to my throat It was one of the rare occasions that I sympathised with the author,So yeah, worth reading for the poetry but the protagonist urgh not a life I d much care to read about again. If you want a bit of light hearted relief from the world around you, then Brian Bilston is your man Otherwise known as the poet laureate of Twitter, he has an uncanny knack of seeing the absurdity in everyday life and then turning it into rhyme.In Diary of a Somebody, our hero Brian Bilston how autobiographical this fictional alter ego is we may never know makes a resolution to write a poem a day in his diary Needless to say, like almost all new year s resolutions, he fails fairly quickly Even so, many of the chapters start with poems, some of which the real Brian Bilston has previously shared on Twitter Through the year, the fictional Brian documents his frustrating and pointless job, the rise of his poetry club nemesis Toby Salt, his relationship with his son Dylan along with his terrible football team and his would be relationship with poetry club newbie Liz When Toby Salt goes missing, suspicion falls on Brian and so the story becomes a mystery.It s warm, funny and a total delight. Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel AwardNobody must find out about this unique gem, because I m giving it to EVERYONE, and I want to appear clever and discerning Dawn French It s January st and Brian Bilston s life needs to change His ex wife has taken up with a new man, a motivational speaker and marketing guru to boot he seems to constantly disappoint his long suffering son and at work he is drowning in a sea of spreadsheets and management jargon Brian s resolution is to write a poem every day poetry will be his salvation But there is an obstacle to his happiness in the form of Toby Salt, his arch nemesis in the Poetry Group and rival suitor to Liz, Brian s new poetic inspiration When Toby goes missing, Brian is the number one suspect Part tender love story, part murder mystery, part coruscating description of a wasted life, and interspersed with some of the funniest poems about the mundane and the profound, Diary of a Somebody is a unique, original and hilarious novel Glorious I will be astonished if I read a original, inventive or funnier novel this year Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt Ostensibly off to take my nap,I secretly savored the silence of a pea Brian Bilston s new book, you see.I would have devoured the whole book but look It would have been less delicate than the thought by a lot I ve been a fan of Brian Bilston s poetry for a while, and found his book equally enjoyable It juxtaposes poetry with a diary which together form the narrative of the very likeable protagonist While there s a lot of humour, there s also a serious, darker side I wasn t expecting it to be a whodunnit and this aspect kept me guessing to the end A thoroughly enjoyable read. I love Brian Bilston s poetry and was looking forward to reading this It did not disappoint It s kind of how I would expect Adrian Mole to grow up Very funny.