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

Dougie Brimson
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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Book Description

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

About the Author

Born in 1959, Dougie Brimson is a former football hooligan who spent 18 years in the RAF, and is now regarded as one of the most authoritative voices in the country on the issue of hooliganism.

Product details

  • 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Perhaps best known for penning the multi-award winning feature Green Street, Dougie Brimson began his writing career began in 1996 when, after 18 years service with the Royal Air Force, he co-authored the best-selling non-fiction work, Everywhere We Go. A book that remains essential reading for anyone with an interest in the culture of English football.

A further 14 books have followed including the crime thriller, The Crew which has topped the Amazon sports book download charts for almost three years, and the comedy Wings of a Sparrow which, after a successful electronic release, is now available in print.

In 2003 Dougie made the move into screenwriting first with the critically acclaimed short movie It's a Casual Life and then with his first full length feature, the Hollywood funded Green Street 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

May 2014 saw the release of his second feature, an adaptation of his own novel Top Dog. Directed by Martin Kemp (The Krays, Eastenders) the film took the Best Feature award at the British Independent Film Festival as well as the Best Actor (Leo Gregory), Best Supporting Actor (Ricci Harnett) and Best Supporting Actress (Lorraine Stanley) awards.

A third feature, the urban revenge thriller We Still Kill The Old Way starring Ian Ogilvy, James Cosmo, Steven Berkhoff and Danni Dyer, was released to critical acclaim in December 2014.

Current projects in development include the third book in the Billy Evans trilogy (The Crew/Top Dog) and three movie features including an adaptation of Wings of a Sparrow.

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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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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
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bridget jones for men Very Funny 27 Jun. 2012
By JimmyG
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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 Even better second time 5 Feb. 2006
Just finished reading Billy's Log for the second time and wanted to say how cool it is. I couldn't stop chuckling as it describes Billy's hillarious typical bloke's life! Just like me! Read it- if you're a fella you'll find it so descriptive of our mindset and if you're a lass maybe you'll understand us a bit better. Outstanding stuff
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Reading for Lads 2 Oct. 2012
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Picked this up after reading some of Dougie's football-related stuff to see how his fictional skills are working out and was pleasantly surprised to find a light, amusing and refreshing story that differs greatly from anything the author has done before. Perfect for 30-somethings who have been there, or 20-somethings who are still going through it, Billy's story is one of sexual frustration, personal angst and a total musunderstanding of the things that make women tick. We've all been there, and Dougie has managed to cover many of the thoughts and feelings many of us will have experienced at one time or another.

Written in an comfortably engaging style in the form of a diary, the book is easy to read because of the bite-sized nature of the content. The central character starts off as slightly unlikeable and ends up as totally loveable as the reader undergoes the onset of maturity with him. Misunderstood sexual signals, work problems, fancying the pants of your best female friend and ultimately falling for the girl who's less than perfect physically but beautiful on the inside, this is a feel-good effort written with the modern 'lad' in mind.

The girls out there could learn something from Billy's Log too. If you've ever wondered what we're really thinking when we go off into those deep, meaningful and trance-like moods, you might find the answers inside! Great value as a download and the type of book you can pick up as and when there's five spare minutes in your day because of the style it's written in. Worth four stars for the enjoyability and readability factor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud
Brilliant, funny and every bloke can relate to it, well worth a read, outstanding funny and in the end a true happy ending
Published 12 days ago by Stu M
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous read
Impossible to put down. As with all Dougie Brimson's books, once you start reading the wretched thing you're stuck until the end. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Rob Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Wow! So that is what men think a quite hilarious read
Published 17 days ago by verna smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great lads book
Published 19 days ago by Nigel Thorpe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth a read
Published 3 months ago by Christopher Yellop
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously funny - and I suspect accurate - insight into the male...
While this book will not sit well with the habitually offended feminists, I LOVED it! Billy's log gives an insight in to the male thought process that is wholly believable as he... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Janine
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Easy reading and good fun. A page turner, ideal for a relaxing read and one which most football fans could relate to.
Published 4 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a blokes version of Bridget Jones.
Really enjoyed this book. Couldn't wait to see if Billy was gonna pull Liz or Julia and was happy for him to find Emma. Was like hoping it worked out for a mate. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. P. A. Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good but not as good as some of his other books
Published 8 months ago by Paul Byron
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