English | January 3, 2013 | ISBN: 0007482108 | EPUB | 177 Pages | 3.9 MB
Aldiss' first novel republished after many years out of print.
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.
First published as a weekly serial in The Bookseller, these fictional diaries became a sensation, prompting fanmail from across the globe and resulting in the author's first book deal.