The Lockdown Diary of Tom Cooper by Spencer Brown

Thank you to Anne at Random Things Tours for the invitation to join the blog tour and to Marotte Books for a digital copy of the book. My thoughts are my own and not influenced by the free copy.

One man vs the coronavirus

2020 was supposed to be a great year. Unfortunately, Tom Cooper, like the rest of the world, has found himself stuck in the middle of a pandemic. He’s going to be spending the next few months trapped inside a small flat with sole responsibility for his two single- digit children. Separated from his girlfriend (and any possibility of help with childcare), Tom is plunged into a world of home schooling, awkward Zoom calls, supermarket feuds, al fresco workout sessions, cash- strapped tooth fairies, aging parents who won’t stay home and competitive clapping for the NHS. Not to mention the problem of trying to fulfill his girlfriend’s request for an erotic selfie of his rapidly deteriorating body…

Join Tom as he navigates the lockdown in the stand-alone sequel to last year’s hilarious The Rebuilding of Tom Cooper. Laugh-out-loud with real heart. Lockdown has never been so entertaining.

PRAISE FOR THE REBUILDING OF TOM COOPER

‘A gloriously self-aware, satirical romp through the terrors of relationships, family life and survival. Philip Roth meets Cold Feet!’ Helen Lederer (Absolutely Fabulous, Losing It (P.G.Wodehouse Award nominee))

‘An aspirational figure for the men of today’ Omid Djalili (Live at the Apollo, The Infidel) ‘Hilarious and heart-warming’ Andi Osho (Live at the Apollo, Curfew)

My thoughts:

If someone had told me back in March or April 2020 that I would enjoy reading a book about being in the UK lockdown part 1, I would probably have laughed at them (from a socially distanced position, of course). However, I have now read a lockdown diary and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

As you may have noticed from the synopsis above, this is the second book about Tom Cooper. However this is the first one I have read, and I was able to enjoy it without having read book one. At the start of the book, the UK is getting ready to enter lockdown part 1 (I read this at the start of lockdown part 2). Tom is a single dad of two primary school children, who suddenly finds himself working from home whilst home schooling his children.

The diary looks at how Tom stays in touch with his girlfriend Amanda via zoom (loved the description of the first one), copes with queuing to buy essentials at the supermarket with the children whilst hunting daily for an online grocery slot, takes part in the clap for NHS carers and copes with a shortage of toilet rolls and competent work colleagues.

The book is full of laugh out loud moments, especially when Tom has epic failures with technology, the tooth fairy and a rat, but is also thought provoking in places, as the reality of someone catching Covid-19 is discussed. I enjoyed the humour and the story, and I’m happy to recommend this book.

Author Bio:

Spencer Brown began performing comedy with the Cambridge Footlights alongside John Oliver (HBO’s This Week Tonight) and Matthew Holness (Garth Merenghis Darkplace), before becoming an internationally acclaimed stand up. He has performed everywhere from London’s The Comedy Store to Mumbai and the USA, TV credits including Nathan Barley (Channel 4), Edinburgh Comedy (BBC 2), Last Comic Standing (NBC), his own special on Swedish televisionAs a TV presenter, he fronted ITV’s Lip Service alongside Holly Willoughby and Five’s The Sexy Ads Show. He is also the writer-director of the multi-award-winning film The Boy with a Camera for a Face. The Lockdown Diary of Tom Cooper is his second novel.

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