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What is life for Gogglebox's Giles and Mary outside the willow-patterned cocoon?

Giles is a countryman who relishes solitude. His wife, Mary, thrives in company and enjoys frequent escapes to London.

After 30 years in a marriage of opposites, Giles and Mary have adapted to a life of domestic misunderstandings within comical misadventures.

In The Diary of Two Nobodies, you will have the unique opportunity to discover, first hand, what occurs when a man who sees himself as a cross between Mr Bean and Basil Fawlty shares his life with a woman who identifies closely with the Queen.

Accompanying this diary, is a candid and amusing Audible Sessions interview with Giles and Mary, in which they discuss how they made it onto Gogglebox, what the most annoying things about each other are, and why 'nutty' is their go-to term of endearment.

©2017 Giles Wood and Mary Killen (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • MagpieMag
  • 12-01-17

Delightful

I loved every second of this. It provided an oasis of deliciousness during my dreary commute throughout a stressful week. I think I am going to miss Mary and Giles very much and hope they will give us another diary next year. Refreshing, humorous, touching and utterly human.

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  • Joanne
  • 11-06-17

Brilliant

I absolutely loved this book. I am a huge follower of Gogglebox and of these two. I love Giles protestations but if I was married to him I would probably kill him lol.
Please can we have some more Gogglebox stories.

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  • Rachel Redford
  • 12-27-17

Marriage - eject or sit it out?


Before Gogglebox, Giles Wood and Mary Killen could never have believed that the intricacies of their marriage of opposites would be aired before millions. And now here is their year-long Diary of Two Nobodies read here by themselves. I just loved it – wonderful sharp listening for gloomy days.

Giles is an artist but it takes him a year to complete a painting, partly because since journalist Mary works frenetically, he ‘keeps the show on the road’ in their draughty Wiltshire cottage and conscientiously nurtures all the soil, winged life and trees in the garden. As a child Giles learned the unfortunate trick that being annoying earned him attention – a behaviour he has continued through 30 years of spectacular marital clashes. (In the past a succession of much-loved live-in helpers have acted as buffers between them). Mary is not blameless – she has never managed to pass a driving test and admits to squirting Pledge through the keyhole to ward off Giles.

Whilst Giles loathes social occasions, Mary is a party-holic, but they are both brimful of ideas. What makes this such rewarding listening is that their arguments and furies arising from their differences are measured, intellectual and absolutely reasonable, and beneath all is a heart-warming and binding love, mutual respect and companionship. Giles is completely splendid in his trenchant views. Happy to stay in the 70s, he deplores an awful lot about society (and why not?), including social kissing, hugging, ubiquitous ‘welling up’ as well as the ‘despicable trend’ of bucket lists. Sometimes I do wonder if he is purposefully out-Gilesing himself, as when he extols the joys of using the ‘crevice nozzle’ on the vacuum cleaner.

There’s a serious side to the whole of this (which becomes clearer in the interview with the authors at the end of the download). From a different generation, young married couples are quick to ‘fast forward’ and ‘eject’ their relationship instead of sitting it out and reaping the rewards.

I think perhaps you need to be older to fully appreciate Giles and Mary. I found them a joy. (Listen out for Mary’s account of taking their loved old dog Phoebe to the vet to be put to sleep).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-04-17

A Wonderful Find ... More Please.

Where does The Diary of Two Nobodies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right up there with the best. Loved it. Funny, quirky and engaging.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Diary of Two Nobodies?

Giles and his lack of doing to much despite being a "busy man".

Which character – as performed by Mary Killen and Giles Wood – was your favourite?

Both of them were excellent but if I was married to Giles I would be in prison.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh out loud.

Any additional comments?

Brilliant take a bow Mary and Mr Busy

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  • Debbie C.
  • 11-20-17

Wonderful, a tonic!

Please write more books Mary and Giles, this was heaven to listen to, a must buy!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-07-17

A great listen.

Really enjoyed this book listened over three days when doing mundane tasks really passed the time. Hope to hear more from both Mary and Giles interesting and learned a lot too. Thanks

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  • Victoria Mount
  • 12-05-17

Nutty

Warm, engaging and funny. A very rewarding read full of the subtle and not so subtle nuances of a marriage.

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  • barbara d e baldock
  • 11-21-17

The two ‘nutties’

I loved listening to this audio book whilst painting my cupboard. Please write another. Giles and Mary are good to watch on google box and even funnier to listen too. I loved it.

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  • lizzie
  • 11-20-17

Comforting and informative.

Quirky, charming, funny and intelligent. Like having radio 4 on in the background.
I could have done without the advocation of sleep training, but that’s my issue.

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  • Diane
  • 11-21-17

absolutely fantastic! love these two!

Giles and Mary are enchanting in their honesty about longevity in marriage. I hope you get that programme about gardening Giles, I would watch it!

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  • Dana
  • 01-29-18

I loved every moment. Fantastic!



I loved every moment of the book. Fantastic from start to finish. Laughed out loud several times.