- Author George Grossmith
I think I tried to watch the relatively recent BBC adaptation of this, but gave up not long into it because nothing was happening. You’d think the title would give that away. The book is much better, however, because with the nice intervals that a diary style gives, you have more natural stops, starts and potentials for fun.
What struck me more than anything was the farcical nature of the piece - the slapstick moments reminded me so much of Miranda, it couldn’t fail to warm my heart. Trying to make a dignified exit and then tripping over? Well, that’s Miranda all over.
Ultimately, there is a lot going on, even if it is balanced out with the mundane moments of DIY and gardening, and it’s nice that it all comes down to a happy ending. Mr Pooter seems like he could be a bit stuck up at times, a bit pompous, but you can’t help rooting for him and it’s good fun to journey with him through a year or so of his life.