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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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'Lying in bed, I abandoned the facts once again and was back in Ambrosia . . .'
Billy Fisher, a nineteen-year old in a small Yorkshire town, works as an undertaker's clerk. Nagged by his mother and shouted at by his father, he is engaged to two girls but is actually in love with a third.
Feeling trapped by circumstances he cannot control, Billy has daydreams in which he is the hero - rather than victim - of his own life so that his fantasy of becoming a hit comedy writer in London has somehow come true.
But how long can Billy continue to hide from the truth?
'Like all the best comedy, its tragedy rings true' Guardian
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