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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (April 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852426640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852426644
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,397,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A house burglar's memoirs might well be pushing the boundaries of public taste and common decency but make no mistake, The Burglar Diaries is truly a work of comic genius. Look beyond the coarse language and outrageous designs on life and you've got a real diamond of a novel just ripe for the taking.

Danny King writes like a foul-mouthed jack the lad who also happens to possess irresistible storytelling skills and a wicked sense of humour. Bex, the chief protagonist, has long given up on the idea of a straight office job and is content to get by on dodgy dealings and botched jobs, but occasionally he does give in to the odd scruple. For example, despite the encouragement of his hapless mate Ollie, our narrator refuses to extract money from a kiddie's piggy bank and passes up the opportunity to cash in on a wedding ring belonging to a recently deceased old lady. He further redeems himself when, naturally in the line of "duty", he exposes firstly some neglectful parents and later an evil paedophile ring--exploits that earn him a hero's mention in the local 'paper. That said, this is far from a tale of robbing the rich to feed the poor and while Bex is a hugely entertaining creation, his chosen profession will not endear him to every reader.

King's first book is a devilishly funny insight into the mind of a petty criminal with hilarity at every turn. The Burglar Diaries, a remarkable debut from a man with a bright future on the "outside", looks set to ignite a cracking series. --David Thwaites

About the Author

Danny King was born in Slough, near London in 1969. After leaving school, he went to work on a building site where he met his fair share of petty criminals and general nutters. In the late 1980s, following convictions of various offences, including burglary, he gave up crime, got an education and started to work as a journalist on top shelf magazines. He lives in South London.

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By H Wilson on June 26 2003
Format: Paperback
I read this book for light summer reading but I ended up not being able to put it down, its so funny and full of clever british wit that I was laughing out loud so much that my housemate thought that I had someone in the room with me.
Its not necessarily a book for people who dont like bad language but it just ads to the realism of the chapters.
i definetly think you should read this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A series of short stories Sept. 21 2012
By Steven P Goetz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you are in the mood for a series of slightly related, humorous short stories then this book is for you. There is not a single story line that ties all of the stories together. Overall a fun group of stories.
For some reason I couldn't put it down June 22 2013
By patrickhmcg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm not a big fan of constant profanity but King' s characters seem to require it and they become loveable in a crude sort of way. King is a much better storyteller than writer (and proofreader) which makes you feel it's all genuine inside those pubs, flats and jails of Britain. This is my second Danny King book after reading The Henchmen's Book Club and I'll probably end up reading most of his works when I need a fun and funny read.
Good, easy read Sept. 1 2012
By GoodFiction - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Loved this book. The main character, Bex, takes us on his jobs - not all of which work out exactly as planned. The humour may not be to everyone's taste but if you do like British humour you will love this.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great British Humour June 10 2005
By T. MCCANN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've read all of Danny King's 'diaries' series and enjoyed them all, but the Burglar Diaries is the best in my opinion. This is British humour at its best. It does contain swearwords but they are in context i.e. real burglars would talk like that. If you enjoy British humour or Guy Ritchie's films ('Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' and 'Snatch') then you will definitely enjoy this book.

This is one of the few books that has had me snorting with laughter while on a train, to odd looks from the other passengers. I couldn't help it. King's writing is inventive and extremely funny; the ideas and observations flow thick and fast - never a dull moment as they say.

A great book to take on a journey.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Foul mouthed, irreverent and authentic Dec 26 2013
By M. R. Hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Bex and Ollie spend their evenings in their dreary South-Eastern town either boozing or burgling. Narrator Bex takes his clandestine activities very seriously, and considers his thieving a trade, with skills to be honed and a moral code to be observed. His unflinching observations of every character, including himself, are perfectly pitched and blackly hilarious.

There's little happiness in Bex's life and even less glory or success, but he's honest about his failings and his prospects and it's this, along with his redemptive qualities and self-deprecating humour which King combines so well.


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