The great anti-hero of our time: Diary of a Somebody, by Brian Bilston, reviewed –

Things are little better at Poetry Club, where Brian’s hated rival Toby Salt is thriving — regular appearances on Radio 4, publishing deal for his pretentious collection This Bridge No Hands Shall Cleave. There is the humour of everyday events (the ceaseless failure of the Man At Number 29 to put out the right bin on bin day), a wonderful cast of minor characters (Kaylee and her malapropisms — ‘stop casting all these nasturtiums’), a subplot concerning Toby Salt’s sudden disappearance, and another one about Liz at Poetry Club that will have you screaming ‘just kiss her’.

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