Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse

"Billy Liar" is a comedic novel that revolves around the life of a young man, Billy Fisher, who is stuck in a dull job and a boring town. Billy, a habitual liar, escapes his mundane life by retreating into his own fictional world, "Ambrosia." However, his lies begin to catch up with him, causing conflict with his family, his three girlfriends, and his boss. The story is a poignant exploration of the consequences of escapism and deception, as well as a critique of post-war provincial life in England.

The 1157th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 330

Since this book was first published in 1959, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 330.0.

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