Wednesday 19 February 2020
Diary of a Somebody by Brian Bilston
Brian Bilston decides that his slightly rubbish hum-drum life must change and sets out, as his New Year Resolution, to write a diary with a new poem every day. He is very much in the mold of Mole (although his poetry is marginally better) and his entries are generally a fun insight into his life.
Like Mole, Brian is one of those characters who make you switch constantly from wanting to put an arm around him and say "it's going to be alright mate" to wanting to give them a good shake at the sheer ridiculousness of their behaviour.
I must confess that when his arch nemesis Toby Salt goes missing and Brian becomes the prime suspect I did wonder if I was reading something darker than I originally thought but . . .
It all comes good in the end.
As a lifelong fan of Adrian Mole I can give this no higher accolade than "As good as Mole"