The Lockdown Diary of Tom Cooper

2020 was supposed to be a great year. Unfortunately, Tom Cooper, like the rest of the world, is going to be spending the next few months trapped in the middle of a pandemic. Stuck inside a small flat with sole responsibility for his two single-digit children, Tom is plunged into a world of homeschooling, supermarket feuds and alfresco workout sessions, not to mention trying to keep tabs on ageing parents who won’t stay home.

Faced with the problems of cash-strapped tooth fairies, buying a rat trap online, and an NHS-supporting arms race with an elderly neighbour, Tom realises he must rise to the occasion, but when his girlfriend asks for an erotic photo of his rapidly deteriorating body, it might just be one step too far…

In The Lockdown Diary of Tom Cooper Spencer Brown shows his talent for noticing the tiny and everyday details which make us human. He is the kind of writer who makes us laugh whilst reminding us of the ridiculousness, humiliation and the pain, of being alive and this book is just the thing to turn to when you are feeling like there is nothing around you but bad news. It will be a charming and uplifting reminder to you that life isn’t all bad and that even in the worst moments of your life it’s important to remember that the only way is up…and don’t we all need that right now

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Am so happy to be on today’s Blog Tour of #TheLockdownDiaryofTomCooper today and I can’t think of a better way to escape from the circumstances we find ourselves in than to lose yourself in this funny, charming and touching read. It’s wonderful to be curled up with a great book after a windy walk and some exercise at a time when that’s about the only thing to look forward to. The wood burning stove is lit and the gin is poured. What could be a better way to relax after a few challenging weeks and as we head into another demi-lockdown here in Scotland.

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I absolutely loved this book. It’s a warm and uplifting read that will genuinely draw you in and let you feel part of Tom’s ups and downs as he tries to navigate life and all the curveballs that it throws him as he tries to navigate the lockdown and all that it entails – I mean, what could go wrong?

Tom was a fantastic character that you can totally believe in. When I was reading about his lockdown trials and tribulations it took my mind off lots of the privations and challenges of the situation that we find ourselves in at the moment. The adventures he ends up having through this situation means you will be creasing up, hearing about some of the situations she finds himself caught up in.

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Tom’s journey through the mayhem of his incarceration and all the complexities that he finds himself juggling is one of the best things about this book. You will find lots of these moments to recognise from your own lockdown life, from trying to source things you need online from the joy of the Zoom call and the hilarity and confusion that comes from this It was a refreshing perspective to hear about lockdown domesticity from the perspective of a male character and I’m sure that many readers will be reassured to discover that whatever gender you are it is difficult to cope with being banged up with your loved ones at times and there will be many occasions where it feels that you can’t do right from wrong.

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Spencer Brown really understands human nature.  This book presents a picture of a lockdown that whatever your age, gender or nationality, you’ll find much to connect with and lots to laugh about and could be exactly what you need! When you read the reviews below, you’ll see that lots of other people loved it too– so you don’t just have to take MY word for it…

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Buy yourself a copy here and get a laugh at a time when lots of us could really do with one

Thanks so much to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour and cheering me up when I needed it the most as we plunge back into the challenges of Tier 4 this week!


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Spencer Brown

Spencer Brown began performing comedy with the Cambridge Footlights alongside John Oliver and Matthew Holness, before becoming an internationally acclaimed stand up. He has performed everywhere from London’s The Comedy Store to Mumbai and the USA and his TV credits include Nathan Barley, Edinburgh Comedy, Last Comic Standing, and his own special on Swedish television, as well as the lead role in the 2019 horror comedy movie Shed Of The Dead.

As 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 short film The Boy With A Camera For A Face. The Lockdown Diary Of Tom Cooper is the follow up to his hilarious debut novel The Rebuilding Of Tom Cooper.

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