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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The Nobody Show is an accident waiting to happen...

Old Castle (population 666 ... 665 ... 664) is a town ravaged by unemployment. The magic is gone and the economy is in the gutter, but newest dole statistic, Arthur Lawless, has a dream...

Arthur wants to chase down his childhood dream to build his own circus. He makes it his mission to put on The Greatest Show on Earth - O
Paperback, 370 pages
Published December 31st 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published December 29th 2014)
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Elyse  Walters
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A *Circus-of-Characters* are part of the community in the town of Old Castle.

"God may have been a cripple".... (I mean...maybe?/! ....)

Russian triplet sisters (who were turned away from Cirque du Soleil), are trained vixens who are bendy and can contort

Goldie --a black labrador-- has unusual -doggie -talents ....(useful ones too)

Money is stollen (of course, right?)

A blind man

A one well-working-leg-man

The baby Chimp --(I mean --how could we 'not' have a chimpanze?)

Lots of Monkey business -
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A greek poem verse goes like this: “He could have done a lot. He did nothing. And he lived waiting to live”. I guess that’s what our hero, Arthur Lawless, thought in the confines of his dull office job.

According to a recent LinkedIn survey, just less than 30 percent of workers land their dream job, or work in some related field. Can you imagine the percentage of oppressed workers in the western societies? (the other societies are oppressed by default). “Living to work, not working to live”. Aft
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The Nobody Show (Rated P for Puns) features a group of uniquely talented individuals, who all have a dream but don't know it yet, led by recently unemployed dreamer Arthur Lawless who sets out to make their collective dream come true and, in the process, put his hometown of Old Castle on the (Google) map.

Having now read three of Jonathan Dunne's books (the other two being Balloon Animals and Living Dead Lovers - both awesome as well) it's safe to say I'm a fan. I like his quirky, witty writing,
Erik Volk
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just loved Dunne's quirky characters and storylines. I found the book strangely intriguing and full of memorable and bizarre characters. Just a pleasurable, humorous and thoroughly enjoyable storyline of a cast of misfit characters who chase a dream of organizing a circus of misfits in their small town. An entertaining laugh-out-loud novel with an underlying message of how far we are willing to go and what we are willing to sacrifice to fulfill our dreams and how passion can make anything possib ...more
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be a great read. Its about a guy wanting to get a circus going and he meets all his performers by an accident. I wont spoil the book, but all I will say is things change for the main character in a big way with his circus. I really liked this one and tho I was told I might find it different, I didn't at all. I actually enjoyed it. It was a nice book. If you would like an easy read, great story, then this would be the book for that. ...more
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc_reviews, humor
Thanking the author for sending me a copy and giving me the opportunity to read and review The Nobody Show.

If this were a movie, it would probably not have taken long before I’d said something along the lines of “effing weird shit!” (In a positive way, though!). Obviously this is a book and I got off a little slow(er). I wasn’t sure whether it was the story or I was hitting the ball totally wrong. It didn’t make all that much sense to me. And yes, it did cross my mind and I did wonder “what kind
Jeffrey Fink
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Jonathan Dunne! This book was wonderfully written with great character development. it was funny, entertaining, kept me guessing until the end. I have enjoyed all of Mr. Dunne's books, and The Nobody Show stays true to his form. Highly recommended!! ...more
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Crackin' good fun! ...more
Katja Vartiainen
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, humour, satire
I give it 4,5 stars. It was another hilarious read from Dunne. A good story with truly entertaining characters. Maybe a bit too many, or their story was a bit hastily tied up. Still, this book is funny with good plot twists and it reflects the European and I guess global issue of abandonment of the countryside, and mass unemployment. I liked how it describes any creative endeavor- the passion, obsessiveness and megalomania. I'll say next time to my husband when his commenting my graphic novel ma ...more
S.M. Nystoriak
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have been a fan of Jonathan Dunne's writing for quite some time. Since his first novel, Balloon Animals, I fell in love with his witty writing, charming yet flawed characters, and plots that always seem to turn by way of the unexpected. His latest book, The Nobody Show, embodies the same characteristics as the others, making me fall in love once again. In this book, however, I felt there was a story within a story, and that is what I loved the most.

From the moment the book begins, the reader i
D.A. Cairns
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Obsession is the theme of this crazy novel which didn't make me laugh although I'm sure it was intended to. With a galaxy of off the wall, larger than life characters and a loveable hero, Arthur Lawless, The Nobody Show, was eventually a rambunctious and compelling read. I didn't see the ending coming for a while, but once I did I wanted it to not be true. I felt sad for Arthur, but pleased with his life changing adventure. It's an easy, silly read, but quite enjoyable nonetheless ...more
Heather Doughty
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
***update*** The author has corrected the editing issues in the last 25% of the book. Mr. Dunne was super timely and attentive to this issue. He strives for the highest quality of craftsmanship, and I truly appreciate this in an author!

A very quirky caper moral story. This book explores what can happen to someone who has an audacious dream that winds up overtaking their life.

*If you do not like foul language or innuendo, pass by. Know what you read before you read it!*

At first, this is confusin
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2015, first-reads
I was very excited to receive a copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. It was definitely not what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it just the same.

The story starts out with a barrage of chapters introducing the stories interesting cast of characters. I won't go into them, but I like this approach and watching how all their stories intertwine.

It has that totally relatable feel of being unhappy, only Arthur Lawless does what most only daydream about. He chucks it all and chas
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of The Nobody Show. If you like the world of Jonathan Dunne's books then TNS won't disappoint. the same humour and quirks abound. its a bitter/sweet read and a dramedy of sorts. really, its quite undefinable, just like his other books. all i know is that i like them but i cant put my finger on why. jonathan dunnes world is slightly off/centre and quite OTT but everything that happens seems perfectly justifiable for some reason. if you enjoyed his other b ...more
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You have no idea how much I have been looking forward to this book!

Packed with humorous happenings, “The Nobody Show” is the third offering from author Jonathan Dunne .

If you have read “Balloon Animals” and “Living Dead Lovers” there are a few extra guffaws to be had during the journey.

The quality of both the story line and the way it is written makes this book very easy to read. I was truly disappointed to reach the end. Mixed in among the laughs and giggles caused by Arthur Lawless and his ant
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Thanks to Jonathan Dunne for giving me a copy of this to review.

It all starts when Arthur Lawless loses his job and decides to pursue his dream of his own circus. I did wonder, reading this, what the heck was going on but all the different storylines come together and it's great. It's funny, it's sad but its brilliant. Highly recommended!
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was very excited to receive a copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads is wonderfully written, Great for a relaxing and joyful vacation
Hayley Edwards
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately just couldn't get in to this book I don't know why but I just couldn't. ...more
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