‘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 wonâ€™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, heâ€™s a fantastic character whoâ€™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 Tomâ€™s chats with his friend Mark, whoâ€™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, itâ€™s the perfect tonic for life right now. Light hearted, funny and warm, â€˜The Lockdown Diaryâ€™ of Tom Cooperâ€™ 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.