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The Lockdown Diary of Tom Cooper By Spencer Brown

'The Husband's Confession‘The Lockdown Diary of Tom Copper’ is the latest book by Spencer Brown.

I spent Saturday reading this book and it genuinely is a laugh out loud story that does the heart good.

2020 was supposed to be a great year. Unfortunately, Tom Cooper, like the rest of the world, is going to be spending the next few months trapped in the middle of a pandemic. Stuck inside a small flat with sole responsibility for his two single-digit children, Tom is plunged into a world of homeschooling, supermarket feuds and alfresco workout sessions, not to mention trying to keep tabs on ageing parents who won’t stay home. Faced with the problems of cash-strapped tooth fairies, buying a rat trap online, and an NHS-supporting arms race with an elderly neighbour, Tom realises he must rise to the occasion, but when his girlfriend asks for an erotic photo of his rapidly deteriorating body, it might just be one step too far.

The story is seen through the witty and hilarious narrative of single parent Tom Cooper adapting to lockdown life with his 2 children Carrie and Arthur as he tries to juggle homeschooling, work as well as Joe Wicks workouts and trying to keep his new long distance romance alive.

The story is so relatable to real life, the chaotic stock piling of toilet rolls, the weekly clap for the NHS as well as the fear of not everyone adhering to social distancing rules. Spencer addresses each of these fears and situations with comedic flair and one liners that made the first lockdown seem to be almost fun.

I loved Tom, he’s a fantastic character who’s constantly getting himself into crazy situations that made the book a joy to read. From competitions with his neighbour about the best NHS posters to trapping rats, this book was hilarious. I particularly enjoyed Tom’s chats with his friend Mark, who’s line about Covid-19 being the gift that keeps on giving almost made me fall out of my bed!

But for all its one liners, this book also delves into the fear of the illness and it coming to your door and this makes for sobering reading at times, as Tom has to deal with the possibility of losing a loved one.

I cannot recommend this book enough, it’s the perfect tonic for life right now. Light hearted, funny and warm, ‘The Lockdown Diary’ of Tom Cooper’ is the perfect antidote to a crap situation!

You can buy ‘The Lockdown Diary of Tom Cooper’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

That’s Your Lot By Limmy

That's Your Lot‘That’s Your Lot’ is the second book by Limmy.

This is Limmy’s second book. It’s a whole load of new, odd, and hilariously grim short stories. Tom is in a soft play with his daughters. He’s bored. He’s so bored he can move things with his mind. A man fills up a mate’s biscuit tin without ever telling him, to see what happens. Maggie’s boyfriend Iain bought a curtain. It keeps attacking them. She wants it out the house. A man is sitting in his wheelie bin at two in the morning, and he wants to tell you why. Kenny’s mate Scott is suicidal and ridden with guilt. Kenny takes him on holiday to Benidorm. It’ll be some laugh.

I first became aware of Limmy, a few years ago, my partner was a fan of his sketches and introduced me to his dark and eccentric mind, I came to enjoy his shows and some of the characters that he created.

When we heard that he was doing a tour for his new book called ‘That’s Your Lot’, we jumped at the chance to see the man in the flesh and got the chance to get our copies of the book signed.

I spent the following day, absorbed in the book, only putting it down to replenish cups of tea or for toilet breaks.

’That’s Your Lot’ is Limmy’s second book and is another collection of short stories. The stories are short, snappy and easy to consume in one sitting. They vary from deeply dark and disturbing such as ‘The Icon’, about an app icon that kills people to stories that I felt an empathy with, like ‘Boxset’ about a man who’s raging with his partner for watching an episode of a show without him and, I’m sure at one point in our lives, we have all felt like that when our partners sneaked ahead with ‘Breaking Bad’ or ‘Games Of Thrones’.

His writing goes to dark and ridiculous places that had me laughing at but occasionally he touched on other more serious subjects such as loneliness and depression that really did change the style and tempo of the book.

The thing that I enjoyed most about ‘That’s Your Lot’ was the engagement and the style of writing, Limmy writes as he speaks, there’s no formalities, it’s pure Glaswegian throughout and for me, I found this to be comfortable and enjoyable reading, it almost felt I was sitting in the pub and Limmy was reading the stories to me.

With a black cover that gives absolutely nothing away, ’That’s Your Lot’, is a unique blend of comedic and peculiar stories, with an original spin on relationships, interior design and everyday life, Limmy brings to life some of things we fear to say or do incase we are judged but delivers it in an original style that will have you snorting throughout.

You can buy That’s Your Lot from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Giveaway – Nina Is Not OK By Shappi Khorsandi

'Nina Is Not OKI’ve a copy of Shappi Khorsandi’s new book,’Nina Is Not OK’ to give away to one lucky person.

The story of ‘Nina Is Not OK’ is –

Nina’s mum isn’t so sure. But she’s busy with her new husband and five year old Katie. And Nina’s almost an adult after all.

And if Nina sometimes wakes up with little memory of what happened the night before , then her friends are all too happy to fill in the blanks. Nina’s drunken exploits are the stuff of college legend.

But then one dark Sunday morning, even her friends can’t help piece together Saturday night. All Nina feels is a deep sense of shame, that something very bad has happened to her…

To win a copy of this dark, funny – sometimes shocking – coming of age novel from one of the UK’s leading comedians, simply answer the following question and leave your answer in the comment box below.

What is the name of Nina’s sister?

Winner will be revealed on Monday 23rd January. Good luck!