The Rebuilding of Tom Cooper

A laugh out loud trip through 21st century manhood in the debut novel by stand-up comedian, writer and actor, Spencer Brown.


Tom Cooper’s life has fallen apart.His wife has left, dropping him into a world of solo childcare, he’s stuck in an accountancy job he hates and he can’t even call on the grandparents for support – they’re too busy – after all, a Scrabble trophy doesn’t engrave itself.

But when a creative position opens up at the advertising agency he works for, he sees the opportunity to turn things around. All he has to do is pitch a product to a new market, convince Maestro J he is sufficiently finger-clickingly ‘creative’, beat his weaselly co-worker/nemesis John to the job, and try not to fall for his new mentor, Amanda. Oh, and try to blend in with people 10 years younger than him, survive the office obstacle course using his imaginary agility and stop accidentally turning up to work in the exact same outfit as Doug.The Rebuilding of Tom Cooper is a laugh-out-loud comedy about life, love and 21st century manhood. 

It’s the book that funny people think is funny:

 ‘A gloriously self-aware, satirical romp through the terrors of relationships, family life and survival.  Philip Roth meets Cold Feet!’ Helen Lederer (Absolutely Fabulous, Losing It (P.G.Wodehouse Award nominee))

‘Spencer Brown is endlessly inventive and delightfully, dependably silly, like a joy-seeking missile’ Richard Ayoade (The IT crowd, Submarine, The Crystal Maze)

‘An aspirational figure for the men of today’ Omid Djalili (Live at the Apollo, The Infidel)

‘Very funny. Peep Show combined with Outnumbered.  But you know.  In a book.’ Josh Howie (Josh Howie’s Losing it, BBC Radio 4)

‘Hilarious and heart-warming’ Andi Osho (Live at the Apollo, Curfew)

Spencer Brown began performing comedy with the Cambridge Footlights alongside John Oliver (HBO’s This Week Tonight) and Matthew Holness (Garth Merenghis Darkplace), before becoming an internationally acclaimed stand up.  He has performed everywhere from London’s The Comedy Store to Mumbai and the USA and his TV credits include Nathan Barley (Channel 4), Edinburgh Comedy (BBC 2), Last Comic Standing (NBC), his own special on Swedish television, as well as the lead role in the 2019 horror comedy movie Shed of the Dead. As a TV presenter, he has fronted ITV’s Lip Service (alongside Holly Willoughby) and Five’s The Sexy Ads Show. He is also the writer-director of the multi-award-winning film The Boy with a Camera for a Face. The Rebuilding of Tom Cooper is his first novel.

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