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In a small provincial city, Peter lives with his long-suffering Aunt Anne and his eccentric Uncle Leo, and works in a bookshop called Brightfount’s, which he describes as a ‘shabby outpost of literacy’. Cutting the apron strings, he moves into a bed-sit and composes these witty diaries, in which he includes amusing remarks about publishers, authors, booksellers and customers, a revelation about his dotty uncle, and his efforts to find ‘a suitable girl’.

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Very funny indeed. -- Daniel George

Written with pleasing charm, The Brightfount Diaries is a sparkling and lively document, spiced with idiosyncratic humour. -- The Observer

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June
Sunday
Last week at ‘Hatchways.’ Shall be sorry to leave here, partly for Aunt Anne’s sake – she is becoming afraid of being left with Uncle Leo – and partly because I shall miss the country. Shall even miss that seven-mile cycle in to work each morning, which I have cursed so often.

Been glorious day. Just looked out of my window so see, low over Claw Marsh, sun setting behind Drabthorpe Priory, while down on the lawn Uncle Leo stood knee deep in the fishpond.

‘Whatever are you doing there?’ I called in some alarm.

‘I hope I have not warped the course of your life too much,’ he bellowed back. ‘You must remember that I have had to sacrifice a lot for your mother; she has been a difficult woman, Derek, a difficult woman – always remember that.’

‘This is Peter up here,’ I called back, not without embarrassment, remembering Colonel Howells next door was probably within earshot. ‘What are you doing?’

He climbed slowly out of the water, shouting as he did so, ‘I’m just considering erecting some tessellation instead of that parapet; it would just break the line of the roof nicely. Come down here and see.

‘Not if it means standing in the middle of the fish pond.’

‘Nevertheless went down. Uncle was standing there wringing out his trousers. Asked him cautiously what made him call me Derek.

‘Got the boy on my mind, you know, with him coming back to England soon,’ he explained. ‘Shouldn’t be turning you out otherwise.’ Then he rapidly changed subject and said, ‘You work in a bookshop. Bring me back any books on tessellation you have.’

Can’t remember a single book on tessellation at Brightfount’s, but Uncle must be humoured. My cousin Derek and his wife Myra and her sister Sheila are all descending on Uncle and Aunt, to live at ‘Hatchways’ until they can find house of their own. No doubt the prospect makes him feel a little odd.

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