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Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse
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Aug 16, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: People who want a very British take on not wanting to grow up
Read in January, 1976

I can't help but be nostalgic about this book. I can't remember if I saw the film first but it's impossible in my mind to divorce Billy Fisher from Tom Courtney. There was a TV series too which I watched faithfully. This was the first comic novel I ever read but what got me was how it managed to fuse comedy and tragedy so perfectly.

I read the sequel when it came out. It's okay but some things should be left well alone which is why Adrian Mole should have stayed thirteen and three-quarters.

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