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Billy Liar

By Keith Waterhouse, Nick Bentley

'Buy, borrow or beg Keith Waterhouse's striking new novel. i will not suggest it too hugely. Waterhouse has an uncanny reward for recapturing each angle, anguish and word of early life and youth.' - Daily Mirror

'I wanted i might written Keith Waterhouse's first novel; and now, much more, I want i would written his moment . . . Billy Liar is especially humorous: humorous in a wild and sardonic and high-spirited method with no malice or cruelty.' - John Braine, writer of Room on the Top

'A great novel, in language clean and candy, with characters shiny and singular in a creative and dynamic tale. It teems, it bursts with originality.' - Saturday Review

'Extremely humorous . . . its lambent humour, quick-changing from powerful to the fragile, is often clean . . . may still gladden the hearts of even the main exacting readers.' - Daily Telegraph

Billy Fisher feels trapped through his working-class mom and dad, his unfulfilling activity as an undertaker's clerk, and his existence in a lifeless, provincial city. His merely shelter is in his daydreams, the place he's the chief of the rustic of Ambrosia. regrettably, Billy's wild mind's eye leads him to inform lies continually: to his mom and dad, his service provider, and his 3 girlfriends. On one tragi-comic Saturday, as Billy plots his get away to a lifetime of experience and pleasure in London, all his lies eventually meet up with him, with hilarious and disastrous effects. A damage bestseller and one of many nice comedian novels of the 20 th century, Billy Liar (1959) encouraged an award-winning movie, a play, a musical, a tv sequence, and a sequel. This variation marks the novel's first booklet in the USA in additional than fifty years and contains a new creation by means of Nick Bentley and a duplicate of the unique jacket artwork via William Belcher.

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