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  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007427840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007427840
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Praise for David Nobbs's novels:

'Painfully hilarious, wonderfully observed and slight sour at the same time' Guardian

'Thank goodness for David Nobbs! He carries on the comic tradition of P G Wodehouse with this marvellous new book; a sweet and touching love story written with his trademark sly and subversive humour. A perfect antidote to these dark times' Joanne Harris

'Probably our finest post-war comic novelist' Jonathan Coe

'A delicious entertainment, as comic and sharp as they come' Guardian

'A marvellously comic novel' Sunday Times

'One of the most noisily funny books I have ever read' Michael Palin

'Very funny sketches of provincial newspaper life' Sue Townsend

'The most satisfying novel I have read in years' Express

About the Author

David Nobbs’s first break as a comedy writer came on the iconic satire show That Was The Week, That Was, hosted by David Frost. Later he wrote for The Frost Report and The Two Ronnies and provided material for many top comedians including Les Dawson, Ken Dodd, Tommy Cooper, Frankie Howerd and Dick Emery. Apart from his twenty novels, David is best known for his two TV hit series A Bit of a Do and for The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. David Nobbs died in 2015 at the age of eighty.


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Judging from other reviews, I think what you make of this book depends a lot on the attitude you bring to it. David Nobbs is known as a light comic writer, author of some of the most successful TV series of the 1970s and 1980s. But he was and is a genuine writer with things to say, not just a joker (though he is that, and a very good one too). He's an adventurous novelist, always trying out new experiments in writing.

"A Piece of the Sky is Missing" was published in 1969 and is the last of his "early" novels, before the publication of "The Death of Reginald Perrin" (aka "The Fall and Rise of...") in 1975. It has a lot in common with the later book; it deals with a middle management drone, Robert Bellamy, with a tendency to sudden unpredictable outbursts, who gets himself sacked by drawing a vicious caricature of a colleague on the wall of the non-executive lavatories. In the weeks and months that follow this event his life unravels. We read about him in fragments, going backwards and forwards apparently at random. This isn't as daunting as it sounds: we can follow what's going on without any extraordinary demands being made on our concentration.

The chapters are maybe best enjoyed as separate pieces, humorous, farcical, satirical, melancholy and mordant by turns. I found the interest flagged a little bit in the third quarter of the book--try as I might, I can't work up very much sympathy for the problems of a randy young man trying to choose between a number of women, all of whom find him irresistibly attractive. But other parts, such as the furious and apparently autobiographical account of Bellamy's National Service, are brilliant.
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I have just started looking at the early back catalogue of this great author. I have been a fan of his work for many years and have read all of his books from the Perrin series and the Pratts right up to Sally Mottram. What I felt I should do, therefore, was go back to the beginning and read his first efforts. All I can say is......well, I wish I hadn't!
Having ploughed my way painfully through "The Itinerant Lodger", skipping whole sections where I couldn't be bothered, I came to this one, once again downloaded to my Kindle. To be fair, it was better, but only a little. I feel really bad about criticising one of my all time favourite authors but I can't help it.
I find with a novel that I have to care about the main character and I didn't care too much for Robert Bellamy. I didn't care about the trouble he was in, or how it all ended for him. This, and "Lodger" were clearly early attempts by a new author and they presumably sold some copies, thus encourage Mr Nobbs to go on to MUCH greater things. Pratt and Perrin are two of the greatest ever characters in literary history (ok, in a light hearted sense I meant) but Mr Bellamy and the one in Lodger that kept changing his name were a waste of my reading time.
Ah well, I've read them now and will go on to the next. "Ostrich Country" maybe?
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Having read most of D Nobbs' books, I feel that this one was humorous in parts only. It was not easy to keep up with the changing pronouns and changing writing styles.
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I spent years looking for the paperback version of this book - to no avail...then found the kindle version! Annoying to have to pay for an electronic version that I don't actually have in hard copy when I have all Nobbs' other novels, but hey. It's a good read that I will happily revisit.
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