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Billy's Log - The hilarious diary of one man's struggle with life, lager and the female race

Billy's Log - The hilarious diary of one man's struggle with life, lager and the female race [Kindle Edition]

Dougie Brimson
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Men Behaving Badly meets Nick Hornby in a hilarious look at male inadequacy.

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Bridget Jones's Diary... for lads!
For Billy Ellis, life is one series of disasters after another. His haemorrhoids have just cost him promotion, his new boss is threatening to move in next door, and on the very occasions he need a condom, he can’t even buy a packet without almost getting arrested. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he’s suddenly woken up to the fact that he’s almost thirty, still single and has the looks that give a new meaning to the word ‘average’.
But at the end of last year, as always, Billy read his ‘Log of Life’ and vowed to make things better.
And this year, he succeeded. Eventually.
Billy’s Log reveals the frustrations of life for a single male and the never-ending battle to understand the workings of the female mind.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 425 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: (1 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZCI9TI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,180 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having written 15 books and two multi award winning feature films in under 16 years, former serviceman Dougie Brimson has emerged as one the UK's most prolific writers.

After 18 years service with the Royal Air Force -including both the Falklands and Gulf War 1- the ex-Sergeant engineer's literary career began in 1996 when he co-wrote a book based on his experiences as a soccer casual entitled Everywhere We Go.

This groundbreaking work examined the culture of soccer fandom from the inside and has become essential reading for anyone with an interest in the game and its supporters. A further 13 books have followed and their success has established the author as one of the worlds leading authorities on the issues of both the game and lad culture. His latest book, Wings of a Sparrow, was released in December 2012.

Away from the literary world, Dougie is also an accomplished screenwriter having penned the critically acclaimed short movie IT'S A CASUAL LIFE and the full length feature, GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS starring Elijah Wood. Following its release in September 2005, the film won numerous awards including:

Narrative Jury Prize - SXSW Film Festival
Narrative Feature Audience - SXSW Film Festival
Best of Festival - Malibu Film Festival
Jury Award (feature) - Malibu Film Festival
Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival

After a successful worldwide cinema release, the movie went on to sell over 80,000 DVD units during its first week on sale in the UK alone.

2014 saw the release of his second feature, Top Dog. Adapted from his own novel, the movie, which starred Leo Gregory and was directed by Spandau Ballet star, Martin Kemp, won Best Feature at the British Independent Film Festival as well as a string of actor awards.

His third feature, We Still Kill The Old Way, is slated for release in december 2014 whilst projects in development include Mister One Hundred (a biography of Welsh darts legend Leighton Rees), Wings of a Sparrow (a football comedy based on his own novel) and Soldier, Soldier (based around the war in Afghanistan).

The next 12 months will also see the addition of at least two new books onto the Brimson portfolio.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely anjoyable stuff! 3 Dec 2001
By A Customer
I approached this book thinking that it would be another slant on lad-lit but instead, what I found was a story that took what is basically a chic-lit plot and turned it on its head. However, that isn't a criticism, far from it. For Billy's Log is a genuinely warm, funny and even touching book. One which by looking at the complexities of relationships from a male perspective, brings to the fore many subjects that rarely receive an airing. In fact, I would be so bold as to suggest that the famale species would get as much out of this books us males!
But whilst thought provoking, the true strength of this book is that it's also one of those all to rare commodities, a genuine laugh-out-loud read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treat 21 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Although familiar with his non-fictional work, this was the first of the authors fictional books I have read and I've obviously been missing out! To be honest, I still find it slightly bizarre that an author who is more famous for writing about such an in-your-face topic as football violence can deliver a book which is both very funny and in parts, quite emotionally charged. If anything, it shows that the writer has a genuine talent because Billy's Log is a real treat and was a delight to read.
If he would deliver more of this type of work and less of the hoolie-lit, it would surely only be a matter of time before he broke out of the 'yob' mould and into the mainstream.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bridget jones for men Very Funny 27 Jun 2012
By JimmyG
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A very witty and funny book .
A good read and I laughed out loud all the way through it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real lads book, excellent! 12 Aug 2001
I read the first 100 pages in one night, a real lads book, I could not stop laughing the whole way through. The situations Billy gets into I can (so can any lad) connect with. It is written fantastically, I found myself really getting drawn in, and eager to find out what Billy is getting up to next. Some of the work environment stuff really rings true, as does most of the book. An essential read, cannot be missed. On the down side, not happy about the Chelsea jives, but I can forgive that as Billy is a poor Watford fan, ...sad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 22 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Once again the always unpredictable Dougie has thrown us a curve ball by bringing out a completely different and totally unexpected type of book. But as usual, it is a cracking read delivered in the easy to read yet incredibly clever style which has become typical of all his work. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that this is probably the most intruiging book he has written to date. For despite the brilliance of some of the situations as well as the quality of the comedy writing, Billy's Log is full of subliminal messages many of which are very serious. For example, the fact that it isn't just women who have a hard time dating, the fact that just because a woman is overweight doesn't mean she isn't attractive and most importantly, the simple truth that most men want exactly the same as most women; company and stability.
But that serious element should not detract from the fact that this is a truely brilliant book and one which all single men should read.
Roll on the next one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss Out 15 Feb 2004
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Yet another diary book, oh no was my first reaction, why did I not notice when I went to buy it?. Oh god this is so so hilarious was my second after page Two! This book is full of laughs, all the way to the end. Based around Billy's life, his football, his work, his drinking in the pub, his work colleges jokes, life's mishaps, women and how things end up. From single life to blissful couple happiness? All I want to say is it a shame the only other thing Dougie Brimson has written about is footie.
whilst trawling around looking for an interview that is on-line somewhere but which I just can't find, I stumbled across your review of my book Billy;s Log. I guess I just wanted to say thanks and I'm glad you enjoyed it! I certainly enjoyed writing it and all being well, will be doing the sequel at some point soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A future classic. 19 Jan 2001
By A Customer
This book is simply the most humorous portrayal of the male psychosis since "High Fidelity."
As males, it is a prominent feature in all our lives -whether married, in love or plain old single- that the explosion of these 'girl-power' women has left us in a state of confusion. Be sensitive and you are getting too serious, don't be sensitive and you are not a good long-term bet. Be a good long term bet and you are getting too serious. Where does it end? No wonder the average red-blooded male is a bewildered wreck of an individual, desperate for a simple answer to the apparently unanswerable question all men are asking - "just what do you want?"
Billy's Log was written with the intention of highlighting how hard life as a single male can be these days and highlights the simple truth that the majority of us secretly hanker for a Utopia where life is a little bit less complicated and superficial.
Does "Billy's Log" give the answers? Of course not, there are no answers. The battle to understand and handle women is a fact of life that will never go away. But what this book does though is highlight the plight of the modern man, so that even the most hard-nosed feminist will surely feel sorry for Billy's kind.
A "must read" book that both the victims and villains will enjoy. You all know who you are!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Non-pc
I couldn't believe how funny this was. There's a knob behind every door and Billy is the biggest.Full of football stereotypes and non -pc behaviour, but hilariously funny, although... Read more
Published 3 months ago by pavanotti
3.0 out of 5 stars bill
still not read this book so I am unable to rate it as yet but hey its free what more do you want .
Published 6 months ago by Billy h
4.0 out of 5 stars Bill's Blog
It has been an amusing read and I enjoyed it, I would recommend it, Dougie Brimsons books are all worth a look.
Published 7 months ago by Paul G.
4.0 out of 5 stars nice easy read
Nice easy, fun book to read, would recommend , I have a few dougie Brimson titles and I really enjoy his works !
Published 8 months ago by amp
5.0 out of 5 stars LOL Alert!!!!!!
I read this by the pool in Mexico, and really did laugh out loud, getting loads of odd looks from lots of Americans, and lots of nudges, and please be quiet from the Mrs. Read more
Published 8 months ago by john masters
5.0 out of 5 stars Or, why men will never understand women!
If not yourself, you can see someone you know in Billy.
A very entertaining read that many can relate to.
Published 9 months ago by Jeremy
4.0 out of 5 stars believable
Enjoyed this. It's similar to most lads or blokes tales to be told over the last 40 to 50 years and probably for the next 50 years
Published 9 months ago by John Asquith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great funny read
Fast delivery . Great product at the right price. Five star service all the way. I will buy again from this seller.
Published 9 months ago by john meritt
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok....
Some laugh out loud moments but was hoping for lots more from this book. Now And Weeks book(s) "Diary of a Commuter" *no. 4 out now....they are side splittingly funny!!!
Published 10 months ago by Wendy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great laugh!
This is a genuine laugh-out-loud book. It reminded me so much of an old friend that I used to hang around with. A brilliant laugh
Published 10 months ago by giddlywoo
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