The Giles Wareing Haters' Club

Tim Dowling

Giles Wareing has started telling people he’s forty, even though he’s actually thirty-nine years and eleven months. It’s supposed to help him conquer the fear, but in fact he has only given the fear a four-week head start. Giles is a freelance writer of amusing articles for a national newspaper. One day, feeling particularly fortyish, he happens to type ‘Giles Wareing+unfunny’ into a search engine. And that’s when he discovers the thread. The thread is called ‘The Giles Wareing Haters’ Club’, and is entirely devoted to holding everything he has ever written up to excoriating criticism and ridicule.

As Giles becomes obsessed with the thread, with tracking down its participants, his angst begins to focus on one particularly scornful contributor, and it soon becomes clear that things are going really quite badly wrong . . .

A tragedy, a farce and a detective story, The Giles Wareing Haters’ Club is an absorbing, hilarious and razor-sharp look at the modern male in all his dysfunctional glory.

‘Entertaining and unexpectedly poignant’ Times Literary Supplement

‘Very funny . . .Cringe comedy at its best’ GQ

‘An acerbically dry and hilarious tale’ InStyle


Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978033044617401
Published: 01/02/2008

Tim Dowling

Tim Dowling

Tim Dowling was born in Connecticut in 1963. He attended Brien McMahon High School and graduated from Middlebury College in 1985. Shortly after moving to Britain in the early nineties, he cut short a promising career in data entry to try his luck at freelance writing. Over time he eventually became unfit for any other form of employment. He now writes regularly for the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph Magazine. He is also the author of the Not the Archer Prison Diary and a biography of King Camp Gillette entitled Inventor of Disposable Culture. He lives in London with his wife and three sons.

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