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The P45 Diaries (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Ben Hatch

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*Top 10 Kindle bestseller.*

BBC Radio 4 Book of the Year.

The Mirror: "I laughed my head off, then cried my eyes out."

Mel and Sue: "Excellent fun."

The Times: "A coming of age tale, it folds together the best aspects of Bridget Jones and Adrian Mole."


"My name is Jay Golden and the reason I've started a diary is so that researchers will be able to piece together my early life when I'm a famous celebrity. It will help them get their facts straight and stop them having to rely on potentially corrupting sources such as Big Al from Big Al's Golden Delicious Doner Kebabs and dad who thinks I'm a prat. Following the triumph of my novel (“It Purred. Golden is a genius.”) I will give one interview to Melvyn Bragg at Quaglinos over seafood marinere and caramelised squid then disappear into obscurity to become a hermit like JD Salinger."

Jay is 18 and keeps a diary better than he keeps any job. His countless sackings and relentless taunting of his father’s BBC celebrity friends mix with the emotions of a family adjusting to loss. Desperate for literary fame, and unable to accept that a man with as many UCCA points as he has, must now show “hustle” in the lobby area of Chesham McDonalds, Jay dreams of running away to Africa to dig water wells, of becoming a freedom-fighter in Syria and of making it so big in the lawnmower business he owns a kidney-bean shaped swimming pool full of bunny girls. But first he has to get off his arse and stop watching Countdown in his pyjamas. In short he has to grow up. As poignant as it is funny, stand back to hear Jay’s unique insights on life, love and the correct amount of lettuce to apply to a McChicken sandwich.


BBC Radio 4 (Charlie Lee-Potter): "It brought tears to my eyes. I read it with mascara dripping down my cheek. So sad and yet so funny. I laughed out loud."

The Guardian: "Jay is like many a middle-class 18-year-old: workshy but harbouring grandiose ambition, wrestling with his first relationship and on the brink of being forced from the nest. Jay merrily trips though his beleaguered circumstances as we giggle our way through the text. But then, as Jay loses one job after another, looking out for his younger brother while his father dines his celebrity friends, we stop laughing and reach for our Kleenex. Hatch approaches the themes of loss and reconciliation with fierce intelligence and heartfelt authenticity."

The Scotsman: "Adrian Mole meets Billy Liar with a running Holden Caulfield joke. Surprisingly funny."

Daily Express: "Jay is the ineffective and inept son of a successful father - his diary is an account of his numerous failed jobs and his attempt to achieve fame."

Birmingham Post: "Witty, moving and entertaining. I defy anyone who's ever been a teenager, or a concerned parent not to love it."

Lisa Jewell: "Touching, intelligent and very funny."

The Lady: "Jay's life of loafing will have you guffawing out loud."

NB. This book was previously published as The Lawnmower Celebrity.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 295 pages
  • Editeur : Ben Hatch (27 novembre 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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Amazon.com: 3.7 étoiles sur 5  9 commentaires
3 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Foray Into Fiction for the Very Funny Ben Hatch 8 janvier 2014
Par P. Christopher Colter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The P45 Diaries by Ben Hatch is a revised version of his novel The Lawnmower Celebrity, originally released some years ago. A P45 is an unemployment form in Britain I am told, and Jay, Hatch's protagonist, has plenty of experience with joblessness. 18 years old, having just lost his mother to cancer and utterly lacking in direction, Jay's current situation is a series of false starts and disappointments. He struggles to get some traction in his life, but just seems able to do so. One job after another is won and then soon lost, often as the result of Jay's humorous but ultimately self-destructive behavior. His perspective that everything seems so phony is very reminiscent of Holden Caulfield's in Catcher in the Rye, which Hatch makes no attempt to hide. Jay's gruff but loving father employs the "tough love" approach, but Jay rebels against it. His girlfriend Gemma nudges Jay more gently, but has to watch out for her own well-being at the same time, causing friction in their relationship. His other friends and family are also dealing with struggles of their own, and are unable to adequately give Jay the support he needs. Jay's one guiding star is that he wants to write for a living, but jumping on the moving train that is a writing career is predictably difficult. In the end, Jay needs to steel himself and take a big risk to actually start moving forward in his life.

As other reviewers have undoubtedly remarked, The P45 Diaries alternates between hysterical and tearjerking. While Jay's character is endearing and his actions are undoubtedly funny, there are many times the reader just wants to reach into the pages and shake some sense into him. Anyone who has been trying to follow a dream in the face of internal struggles and a world seemingly arrayed against him or her will be able to relate to Jay.

Ben Hatch hasn't really broken onto the American literary scene yet, which is a shame. If you are unfamiliar with him, you really should get to know his work. In addition to The P45 Diaries, he has also published two nonfiction works: Are We Nearly There Yet? and Road to Rouen, which chronicle travels with his young family throughout Britain and France, respectively. He also has a highly engaging Twitter account. Ben never fails to make me both laugh and think. He is definitely one to watch.
2 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Many British cultural references but a fabulous read 15 avril 2014
Par Helen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This book is just downright lovely. It follows the diary of an obnoxious brat of an eighteen year old named Jay. His father is a high flyer at the BBC, his sister is about to get married and his little brother is as cute as a button. Jay is lazy, rude and can't seem to hold down a job for more than five minutes. The truth is that he doesn't want to hold down a job. He has an inner voice telling him he's better than a typical nine-to-five and dreams of grandiose ideas about becoming a more famous writer than Salinger. However he is, indeed, very very funny in an hyperbolic Adrian-Mole-esque fashion.

Jay steals his father's contacts book and whiles away his afternoons attempting to get as many celebrities as possible to tell him to f*** off. There are some particularly hysterical encounters with a frankly bemused David Blaine. And his laissez-faire about his string of jobs moves away from offensive to laugh out loud funny.

It's not the humour that makes this book though. It's what is actually going on with Jay which makes it tick. His mother has only just recently passed away from cancer and we are treated to flashbacks of his diary entries from those days when, surprise, surprise, he's a thoughtful, caring and doting son and not someone who thinks it's his birthright to spend two hours in the bath every day. Hatch deals with both these extremes in an intensely believable fashion. Jay is no caricature: he's a complex multi-layered person who uncovers himself tiny detail by tiny detail as the diaries progress. The P45 Diaries is humorous, moving and a book which will stay with me for quite a long time.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Quite funny 4 février 2014
Par Julia Parr - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Quite funny at times but fairly slow and repetitive in a way. I would not highly recommend to others. Not great.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A touching coming-of-age novel that about family life, love and loss 30 novembre 2013
Par Debbie Young - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Peppered with the laugh-out-loud, slightly anti-establishment humour and characterised by the easy prose that will be familiar to those who have read Ben Hatch's memoirs of travels with his wife and children, this novel is not as different from those books as might be expected. As I noted in my reviews of "Road to Rouen" and "Are We Nearly There Yet?", those books also have at their heart important themes of family relationships, love and loss, lurking beneath observational humour and banter.

"The P45 Diaries" (a much better title, incidentally, than that of the earlier edition of this book, "The Lawnmower Celebrity") starts out in Adrian-Mole or Mr Pooter tradition as the diary of Jay, an 18 year old middle-class son of an important BBC TV executive. It's soon clear that this is not going to be pure comedy when it's revealed that his lovely mum has recently died relatively young of cancer. Despite her careful preparation of the rest of the family for coping with out her, e.g. lessons in how to use the microwave, neither Jay, his dad, or his siblings are coping well.

Being an 18 year old with no clear idea of where he's heading is hard enough without a crisis of that kind, and the reader slowly realises that Jay is going into meltdown, risking serious rifts with his family and friends, and jeopardising his dad's high-powered career that pays for Jay's own failure to hold down even the most menial job. As Jay's irritating habits and irresponsible behaviour get beyond a joke, wearing down the reader as well as the characters in the novel, it becomes clear that his apparently selfish attitude to his future is really an expression of the unresolved grief that affects not only him but all the family.(Being closer in age to his father myself, I often felt more sympathy for father than for son.)

There are some incredibly moving moments, such as when the three siblings ceremoniously take a saved lock of their mother's hair out of its hiding place and allow themselves each one nostalgic, Proustian sniff - with an extra one for the youngest because he's about to be packed off to boarding school in hope of curing the many tics that he's developed since his mother's death. The remembered details of his mother's terminal illness are also very well done and rang true for me, having experienced something similar with my own relatives.

Knowing that the author's father in real life was the late BBC TV executive David Hatch, I did wonder at the wisdom of giving Jay's fictional father more or less the same career, but I was happy to live with that for the sake of one of the running jokes throughout the book: Jay's rebellious hobby of pinching his dad's contact book and making prank phone calls to celebrities - not malicious ones, which I'd find unfunny and cruel, but just silly ones with the sole of aim of extending his list of famous people who have told him to f*** off. Not sure whether the named celebrities would agree though! It made me wonder whether the author had ever done this himself in real life, or at least wanted to!

I turned the pages of the last few chapters with increasing speed, wondering how this could possibly not end in utter disaster and tragedy. I don't want to spoil the plot, but the final resolution was for me in equal measure touching, logical and satisfying.

I was interested to see that this is the first book that the author has published himself. I'd have read it earlier if it had been available as an e-book before, though I must admit its previous branding had created completely different expectations. I'd have expected the hero of "The Lawnmower Celebrity" to be a middle-aged, pullover-wearing lawnmower pusher - or maybe someone with a ride-on lawnmower reflecting his wealth. (The author's very funny foreword for the book's new incarnation makes it clear that he was also uncomfortable with the old one's presentation.) The new title makes the theme and format much clearer, and the cover illustration of french fries suggesting a certain fast-food restaurant associated with young people makes much more sense, so creating more appropriate expectations in the reader.

So, what's next, Mr Hatch? More please!

PS For the US audience, a P45 is the form you get from your employer when you leave that employment
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Recommended 28 novembre 2013
Par Bodicia - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This book is very different from Ben Hatch's most recent books on his travels. This is a work of fiction but perhaps with elements of his own early life in there.

The main character, Jay, is one who will be recognised by every parent with grey hair, an empty wallet and a teenage son who thinks the world will provide. Following Jay's progress from job to job you can't help feeling empathy for this young man who just wants to write. The trouble is he doesn't actually seem to get round to doing it. A year and three and a half pages down on his novel, he loses his mother to cancer and his younger brother has to go to boarding school because his father can no longer cope. He has a girlfriend who he just might be falling for but she wants to go away to university whereas Jay wants them both to travel. On top of all that his best friend Sean starts to act more strangely than usual and Jay doesn't know how to help. His father, though devastated at the loss of his wife, tries to throw himself back in to normality by hob-nobbing with celebrities in his job but only manages this through a haze of alcohol and a stiff upper lip.

Ben Hatch has written an emotive novel with moments of sadness which will have tears welling up to moments of outright snorts of laughter as Jay tries to make sense of the world and his place in it. Cancer is never an easy subject to sit alongside humour but the author manages this very well.
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