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Description - Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse

The classic comedy of a 50s youth trapped inside a Walter Mitty fantasy-world, published as a Penguin Essential for the first time

Keith Waterhouse's Billy Liar was published in 1959, and captures brilliantly the claustrophobic atmosphere of a small town. It tells the story of Billy Fisher, a Yorkshire teenager unable to stop lying - especially to his three girlfriends. Trapped by his boring job and working-class parents, Billy finds that his only happiness lies in grand plans for his future and fantastical day-dreams of the fictional country Ambrosia.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780241973646
ISBN-10: 0241973643
Format: Paperback / softback
(181mm x 111mm x 11mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Aug-2015
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Keith Waterhouse

Keith Waterhouse was born in Leeds in 1929. He has written extensively for film, tv and newspapers, and his play Jeffrey Barnard is Unwell was a West End hit in the 1990s. Billy Liar is his most famous book, and was an equally famous film, directed by John Schlesinger, starring Tom Courtenay. He died in 2009.

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