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Mr Charles Pooter V
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17 Feb 2013
Charles Pooter is alive and well and living in the 21st Century. The original 19th Century text and illustrations by George and Weedon Grossmith have been faithfully recreated in the present day, making for a thoroughly modern Pooter. Join Charles Pooter V as he struggles to get to grips with SkyPlus, Somerfield deliveries and the ever-troublesome Lupin. Devotees of the original Diary should instantly warm to the much-loved characters and awkward situations that made it so special and timeless in the first place, while the contemporary references make it feel very 'of the moment'. High praise from readers who purchased the book on Kindle emboldened Mr.Pooter to take his diary into print. Whilst modesty would normally prevent him from quoting their praise direct, he feels it only right and proper and decent to assist potential purchasers in making a decision by providing some extracts from Kindle readers' reviews. Apparently, the diary is "thoroughly enjoyable", "well-written and witty" and "beautifully done", not to say "completely marvellous". Whilst not a man to make many jokes, Charles is pleased that one reader feels the diary is "just as funny today, if not more so". Obviously, these are personal opinions, which other readers may not share, but Charles is pleased to pass them on in a spirit of openness and transparency. Those who feel uncertain about making a purchase might wish to follow Charles on Twitter (@charlespooter) to make his acquaintance more thoroughly. He regards his diary as "an antidote to celebrity guff", and feels that a record of an everyday, ordinary life offers as much - if not more - that is of interest as any journal written by a vulgar comedian or model. However, as he says, this is just his own opinion, but he feels it is one which is not without merit.

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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (17 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481905333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481905336
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 495,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Plagiarism! 5 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
What can I say. After having enjoyed the original I gave this a go expecting it to be themed on the original work. I soon found out it is more than themed, it is just a complete copy with some parts changed but mostly just the same. We don't need to know what it would be like in the 21st century, we know as we live in it ! - the beauty of the original book is the musings from a bygone era. A lazy offering ; there are two paths to take

a) If you have not read the original then read that instead of this.
b) If you have read the original you do not need to read this, it's a poor facsimile.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness it was a free download 27 April 2013
By JayC
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved the original 19th century Mr Pooter, and was delighted to find this book offered on kindle 'for free'. However, as others have said, it's just a total rip-off of the original. I got bored very quickly and didn't finish reading it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable 4 Sep 2012
By STGP
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I purchased Mr Pooter's diary after enjoying his daily musings on twitter, and was not disappointed. I was not previously aware of the original, as i am not that "well read", but this did not matter as i was able to enjoy it without cross referring, which may have made me "cross" ha ha....that was a joke.

Mr Pooter is an extremely likeable man who generally follows a structured path through life, enjoying the finer things in life, like Cava, bran flakes and mini pizzas. He is well supported (most of the time) by the lovely Carrie (Mrs Pooter), his friends (Gowing & Cummings) and his son (Lupin), who i have to say irritated me slightly.

The diary (a bumper 14 months long) gives an enjoyable insight in to his daily encounters with his family, friends, and the honourable Barry Perkupp amongst others. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the diary and would recommend it to anybody.

I am already encouraging Mr Pooter to write a follow up. I suggest you do so via Twitter, his name is @charlespooter
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming read. 4 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having followed Mr Pooter for a little while on twitter,I was intrigued to read his diary to see if it continued his gentle sense of humour and views on life.I was not disappointed.A thoroughly enjoyable book which,in a complementary way,reminded me of Sue Townsend.Recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle humour at its best 19 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read the 'original' Diary of a Nobody, so was intrigued by this updating of the idea. I was concerned that the gentle humour might not translate too well into our troubled modern times, but my fears were unfounded. This is beautifully done, with some wonderful phrases and the correct use of English so rare these days. Well worth the paltry sum required to download it. Enjoy.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 12 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you are familiar with original Diary you are likely to be as disappointed as I was by this update. The events and jokes are exactly the same but given a modern flavour, which although mildly amusing to start with, like Boris as 'Lord' Mayor, gradually cease to have any effect and I couldn't be bothered to finish it. Don't know why all the other reviews are so glowing. They are what persuaded me. I should have tried a sample first and I would have realised, but it's only 2+ wasted.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely marvellous 20 Jan 2012
By Nerys W
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you have read and enjoyed the original Diary of a Nobody (and who hasn't?), then you will enjoy this book. The diary is successfully brought up to date, whilst retaining the gentle wit and humour of the original. All of the wonderful characters are there, and make for a joyful read. Enjoy it. I did.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dire 2 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback
There is no need for this. Can't blame the writer for his opportunism, but the publisher wants his arse kicking.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A guide to Modern Life
having read the original I was dubious about reading this but I have to say it was well worth it. The dilemmas that young Pooter faces are very real!!
Published 3 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read
Anyone who has read The Diary of a Nobody will love the new book. It is just as amusing and witty in the same genteel style. Modern references increase the humour. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A C Drummond
3.0 out of 5 stars Also Disappointed
I bought this after seeing that the majority of reviews were good. I don't know what I expected, but not the exact same wording with a modern slant on them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs J.
5.0 out of 5 stars I Laughed Until My Bed Shook
I first heard of this book when the author himself followed me on twitter. His tweets about unfortunate office incidents involving Pitt, the antics of the exasperating but lovable... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alison
5.0 out of 5 stars The Diary of a Nobody in the 21st Century
Ignore the bad reviews! This book made me giggle from beginning to end. I found I couldn't put my Kindle down and finished it in less than 24hrs. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kathsj72
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome To The (Wonderfully Well-Ordered) World Of Charles Pooter
What a wonderful book. This was one I thought I would probably read in short diary entry sized bursts. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Anne Ullah
5.0 out of 5 stars almost as good as the original
this is a really good read the main character is just as pompous and opinionated as the charles pooter of the orininal book. I would recommend this book highly
Published 12 months ago by kathleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed? Absolutely no way!
I bought the book for my Kindle because of the excellent reviews. After I'd bought it, I saw a one star review which was pretty scathing, so I thought I'd maybe made a bad... Read more
Published 12 months ago by TheBoots
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed. this has nothing new to add to the original,it's the...
I read the review from THe Leigh's, see below, and thought well surely it can't be that bad? It can. It is. So disappointing. It purports to be a sequel but it's not. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars from kindle to print via twitter
Having been a fan of the original diary since I first read it about 30 years ago I have always had a soft spot for Charles Pooter and his diary. Read more
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