Saturday, November 14th, 2009
SOMETIMES simple ideas are often the best – and with Christmas looming, a good book still makes a great present.

Journo’s Diary by Australian author Chris Thomas is heaps of summer fun, describing the comical misadventures of a young cadet journalist as he copes with the good, the bad and the ugly life throws at him.

“It was probably inspired in some ways by The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and Ben Elton’s style of humour,” Thomas said. “I’ve occasionally had the feedback that ‘it’s a bit like a male Bridget Jones’ but I wasn’t even familiar with that work until after the book was published.

“I wrote the book I might like to read at the end of the day – if you’ve been up to your eyeballs in paper work you want something light and easy to read in the evening.

“It does get a bit risque in parts but that’s half the fun… it’s the same sort of humour that stems from the books and authors that may have influenced me.”

Based in Perth, Western Australia, Thomas has an extensive background as a journalist, writer, actor and in media relations. Three of his plays (SMS Mess, The Bonza Land of Oz and Who’s Your Daddy?) premiered last yeay and his Doctor Who short story One Step Forward, Two Steps Back was published in the collection Short Trips: Defining Patterns.

As to whether any of Journo’s Diary is based in reality, Thomas said he deliberately crafted his novel to make people think they’ve spotted themselves or someone they know.

“By creating characters that resonate, people reading the book will say ‘Oh, I know a guy like that’ or ‘I used to work with a girl who did something similar’,” he said.

“I’ve always used the approach of taking a seed of something you may have encountered or heard, perhaps mixing it with something else, and then letting it grow into something that’s completely over the top, in order to gain maximum humorous effect.

“A good example is a portion of the book set in a baked beans factory, which prompted someone to ask me: ‘How do you know so much about baked bean factories?’ The answer is simple – I don’t, I just made it up.”

Thomas describes Journo’s Diary as “the kind of book you can dip in and out of without thinking too much” making it ideal for summer holidays or when travelling on a plane.

“Basically, I wrote it with just fun in mind but there are some poignant observations on life thrown into the mix as well,” he said.

Journo’s Diary is available through, and

journos-colourcover.jpg: Journo’s Diary by Chris Thomas, a comical tale about a young journalist.

christhomas1&2.jpg: Chris Thomas, author of Journo’s Diary.

“A great buy for anyone in the media industries in particular but still entertaining enough for those who aren’t.” – Laura Tomlinson, Kalgoorlie Miner

“Journo’s Diary will appeal in particular to the younger crowd, and to anyone who’s ever worked as a journalist.” – Debra Hamel,

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Journo's Diary

As cadet journalist Rick Hughes stumbles through his new job, he has a few problems. Well, more than a few. A seemingly forgettable New Year's fling preys on his mind as he soon discovers the woman he slept with is a wanted criminal.

This is matched with his less than brilliant start with the Weekend Star and his constant inability to actually ask any women out on a date. And George, his flatmate, is a royal pain in the behind.

Journo's Diary is the day-to-day chronicle of Rick's life as he tries to cope with it all, a job made increasingly difficult when the criminal woman he slept with becomes a major news feature. Things get much, much worse before they get even remotely better...
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Comical novel an ideal Christmas gift


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