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In this lad's version of Bridget Jones's Diary (1998), 25-year-old London banker Jack Lancaster is experiencing a quarter-life crisis: he hates his soul-killing job, he's upset about his receding hairline and expanding waistline, and he's stuck in a disastrous relationship with his longtime girlfriend. As Jack records in his diary all the dismal turns his life has taken, or, as he puts it, why he has become such a "tosspot," he formulates a plan to free himself from the grindstone. He sets out to get himself fired and engages in a very funny war of words with his intimidating boss. Other complications involve the pregnancy of his ex-girlfriend and his infatuation with a beautiful colleague (which leaves him uncharacteristically tongue-tied). First-novelist Hollingshead has a real flair for comedy, especially evident in a hilarious series of e-mails describing Jack's disastrous trip to Latin America and a vitriolic letter he pens while doing volunteer political work. Pure comic gold. Joanne Wilkinson
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About the Author

Iain Hollingshead is an author and journalist. His first novel –Twenty Something – was published in May 2006. His second, Beta Male, appeared in April 2010. He has also written three spin-off books for the BBC’s BAFTA-winning spy drama Spooks, and has edited five bestselling collections of unpublished letters to The Daily Telegraph in the Am I alone in thinking…? series. He also co-authored and produced a musical – Blair on Broadway – which ran for three weeks in a pub theatre before transferring to the West End. His journalism has appeared in a wide range of publications, from the Guardian to GQ, Grazia to The Sunday Times.Regular columns have included “Loose Ends”, in the Saturday Guardian, and “Friends”, a pastiche of the coalition government in The Sunday Telegraph.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Press (November 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585678511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585678518
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,202,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Martin on December 4, 2006
I picked up this novel on a whim at the bookstore and finished it within 24 hours. As a 25 year old investment banker this book made me realize that there are people out there that feel the same way I do right now. Written in a journal format the book reads like non-fiction. It takes a witty, emotional, and hilarious approach to life in a city after college. Definitely recommended. i'm looking forward to Iain's next novel.
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If you are a twentysomething professional - in the city or not - this book will mean a lot to you. There is so much to relate to - the drunken antics, the parties, the relationships...it's uncanny. All done in the most hilarious manner I've ever seen. If you like Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Moore or Kurt Vonnegut, you'll find Hollingshead better. But there's more than just comedy here. This book ranks as one of the most entertaining I've read in years.
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Jack Lancaster is twenty-five years old Londoner with a successful career in trading. He has a girlfriend whom he may or may not want in his life, and his roommate, Flatmate Fred, unemployed, has not quite figured out what he wants to do for the rest of his life. It may seem that Jack has it together, but he is stuck in a job he hates, a roommate who never pays his part of the mortgage, and another friend who betrays him in the worst possible way. Jack has decided he suffers from a quarter-life crisis -- similar to the midlife crisis, only ten times worse.

The diary entries are hilarious. Jack writes them with such an adorable sincerity that it endears you as well as make you laugh. The things he goes through with his relationship with friends, women and family are great. This novel reminded me of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary in more ways than one -- except, of course, that this is for the male set. It is also the literary version of the British TV shows Men Behaving Badly and Coupling. I give it three stars because, as hilarious and entertaining as the book is, it does get a bit tedious after a while. Then again, that could have been just me. Twentysomething should be given a whirl if women want to read about what goes on inside a guy's head. Iain Hollingshead has a great eye for ironic humor and I do look forward to reading his future books.
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Excellent book. The minute you open it you cannot stop reading it until you're on the last page. I was sad when I finally put Jack Lancaster's life to a close. I'm currently 25 years old and definitely relate to his life. Read this whether your 25 or 50. 5 stars.
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By V on July 26, 2007
This book is for twenty-somethings like Bridget Jone's Diary was for the female crowd. Except this book probably has more mass appeal across genders and age.

Refreshingly witty, this novel never fails to keep you laughing. As a twenty-something myself, I can't quite relate to the title character, Jack Lancaster, and his quarter-life crisis, but I certainly could be entertained by it. From his snarky comments to his Latin-quoting middle-aged boss, to his (oh-so-hidden) sappy romanticism, Jack has everything --and nothing-- figured out.

Reading this during my daily commute into the city, I couldn't help but laugh at loud during some of the most ridiculous (and yet, strangely relatable) passages. Definitely a fun must-read.
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