BOOK REVIEW: THE DIARY OF A NOBODY by George and Weedon Grossmith

Diary of a Nobody is one of those books I’d heard off but never read. Until now … read my book review to find out if it is still funny 150 years on.

Whilst on a Cultural jaunt with friends and the Junior CW’s we stumbled across Word on the Water, a second hand book barge moored up on the banks of the Regents Canal at the back of Kings Cross. None of us can resist a book and so we all piled on board to see what treasures we could unearth.  The Diary of a Nobody caught my eye.

Word on the Water book barge Regents Canal London

Charles Pooter is a clerk and has been for twenty years. He works for Perkupps in the City of London and has just moved into a new house in Holloway. The perfect time to start keeping a diary.  His reasoning being that he has often seen reminiscences of people of whom he has never heard simply because they are a ‘Somebody’ and doesn’t see why his should be any less interesting despite being a ‘Nobody’.

Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grosssmith Book Review of a  British comedy classic. #BookReview #Classic #Comedy #BooksToReadNow

We meet Mrs Carrie Pooter and their troublesome son Lupin. Mr Gowing, keen tricyclist lives nearby. Whilst the James family live in rural Sutton.  Much of the humour revolves round Mr Pooter’s sense of his own importance and the frequent puncturing of that importance by upstart tradesmen, domestic staff and his own son.  George Grossmith provided the words and his brother Weedon the pen and ink illustrations that pepper the novel.  Had Mr Pooter been a twenty-first century suburban commuter he would undoubtly have been a blogger in search of a book deal.

The Diary of a Nobody is a quick and an amusing read.  Should you engage in a daily commute it would provide a pleasant diversion from your fellow travellers.

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  1. September 14, 2015 / 10:40 am

    Ooh I saw that bookshop mentioned on Twitter recently, it looks so cool! Sounds like you bought a good book too.

  2. September 21, 2015 / 7:59 am

    I too found the Diary amusing – and you’re quite right, definitely an embryo blog in there.

  3. Liberty Hen
    January 17, 2021 / 9:31 pm

    Arthur Lowe is the perfect Charles Pooter, in his audio version of the ‘Diary of a Nobody’.

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