For William 'Billy' Fisher, an energetic imagination makes life tolerable, but well-nigh intolerable for all around him. He lies his way into and out of every situation, making any promise to get him out of trouble, thereby creating ever more tortuous entanglements to be wriggled out of in the future. Billy dreams of escaping the dull drudgery of his life at home with his parents and grandmother in the monotony of his stifling Yorkshire hometown. He has three fiancÃ Â©es and a truly dead-end job as an undertaker's clerk, but dreams of becoming a writer for a comedian and escaping his everyday life. Unable to separate fantasy from reality, Billy becomes embroiled in a mess no lie will eradicate; the web of deceit will bring many a chuckle to listeners, but will the outcome of his mistruths be quite as funny to Billy? Quasi-comic, this novel has enjoyed many interpretations, as a film, play, musical, TV series and now, an unabridged audio book. John Simms is a well-love British actor, who is well known for his TV roles including those of detective Sam Tyler in the series "Life on Mars" and "The Master in Doctor Who".
Nick Bentley is Senior Lecturer in English literature at Keele University in the UK. His main research interests are in post-1945 British fiction and literary and cultural theory. He is author of Radical Fictions: The English Novel in the 1950s (Peter Lang, 2007) and Contemporary British Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2008), and editor of British Fiction of the 1990s (Routledge, 2005). He has published journal articles and book chapters on Julian Barnes, Zadie Smith, Doris Lessing, Colin MacInnes, Sam Selvon and the representation of youth in British New Left writing. He is currently working on two monographs: one on Martin Amis for the Writers and Their Work series, and one on the representation of youth subcultures in post-war British fiction.