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Billy Liar On The Moon

(Billy Liar #2)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Keith Waterhouse's comic masterpiece Billy Liar (1959) introduced us to Billy Fisher, a seventeen-year-old undertaker's clerk whose inability to tell the truth led him into constant (and often hilarious) trouble with his parents, his employer, and his three girlfriends. It was a smash success, becoming a bestseller and winning widespread acclaim for both the novel and the ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 28th 1977 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1975)
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Perry Whitford
Billy Liar's all grown up, but he never did get to London.

He got as far as just outside Birmingham, got a high-rise flat, a dull wife he can't speak to, a drunken mistress he can't get rid of ('my Helen problem') and a less than exciting job at the local council.

He doesn't feel grown up either, more like a 'juvenile lead.' All of which means he still finds occasion to tell lies, only its not so acceptable at 33 as it was at 17. Nor is it as charming in the dreay 1970's as it was in the innocent
J D Murray
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I hadn't read the sequel before.

It's a sadder book than the original. Billy's near enough my age now, working for a council who are knocking down everything real about their town and turning it into an ersatz-American theme park. So it's an angrier book, too. Whereas the first one is a Northern working class boy novel, this one is a state of the nation novel, a little bit like some of the later Adrian Mole books, but with a lot more bite to the satire.

Not as funny as the first one, but definitel
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it
I picked this book up in a flea market in Italy for 1 Euro. I had been in Italy for three weeks and was desperately missing a book. I was thrilled when one place had about ten books in English, and this looked to be the best of the ten. I wasn't disappointed. It is very English, but I enjoyed it and thought it was interesting. ...more
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found it very amusing! Its a lovely read!!!
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Recommends it for: people with lots of free time
Recommended to Corinna by: nobody
Shelves: fiction
Not as good as the first in the series.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just what I needed. Very funny and I think if people are honest they will recognise a bit of themselves in Billy. Need to get the first one too
Damian Moloney
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny and clever.
Steve Cassidy
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyable but no idea why the reviewer on the cover found it so funny, must be the times but I found it more like a poignant study of an insecure character than a comedy.
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Keith Spencer Waterhouse CBE, was a novelist, newspaper columnist, and the writer of many television series.

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