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Why should I not publish my diary? I have often seen reminiscences of people I have never even heard of, and I fail to see - because I do not happen to be a 'Somebody' - why my diary should not be interesting' Charles Pooter

Mr Charles Pooter is a respectable man. He has just moved into a very desirable home in Holloway with his dear wife Carrie, from where he commutes to his job of valued clerk at a reputable bank in the City. Unfortunately neither his dear friends Mr Cummings and Mr Gowing, nor the butcher, the greengrocer's boy and the Lord Mayor seem to recognise Mr Pooter's innate gentility, and his disappointing son Lupin has gone and got himself involved with a most unsuitable fiancee...

George and Weedon Grossmith's comic novel, perfectly illustrated by Weedon, is a glorious, affectionate caricature of the English middle-class at the end of nineteenth century.

Reviews

The funniest book in the world

Evelyn Waugh

Pooter himself is as gentle as you could wish, a wonderful character, genuinely lovable. The book is beautifully constructed

Andrew Davies, Glasgow Herald

One of those rare books that nails a cultural archetype and has won the affection of successive generations

The Times

The funniest book about a certain type of Englishness...there is a whole line of these comic characters like Captain Mainwaring in Dad's Army, or Basil Fawlty

Hugh Bonneville, The Times

Hilarious...I'm so fond of the book I named one of my cats Lupin

Leslie Phillips

A classic dig at self-importance in suburbia...as fresh and funny today as it was when it first came out in 1892. I defy any reader not to laugh out loud.

Sue Macgregor, Daily Mail

There's a universality about Pooter that touches everybody...fits into the tradition of absurd humour that the British do well, which started with Jonathan Swift and runs through Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear to Monty Python

Jasper Fforde, Time Out

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099540885

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Classics

    176 pages

    RRP $15.99

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  • Paperback

    9780140437324

    October 7, 1999

    Penguin Classics (UK Adult)

    256 pages

    RRP $15.99

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  • EBook

    9781409058212

    December 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    176 pages

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