Dave Roberts

Agent: Kate Hordern

Bantam publish SAD MEN, Dave's sparkling new memoir about life in the lower echelons of the advertising industry, in B format paperback on 7 May 2015. It was originally published by Bantam Press on 27 March 2014. Check out Dave's SAD MEN blog http://sadmen.co.uk/ and his sensational SAD MEN playlist on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRq5s8HipqHcRxzbVqRFUnEc4hiegpfIi

Dave Roberts is the author of e-luv: An Internet Romance (The Friday Project 2006),  THE BROMLEY BOYS (Portico/Anova 2008) and 32 PROGRAMMES (Bantam Press 2011).

Praise for SAD MEN:

  • "Told with wit, warmth and an obsessive eye to detail that I have not seen since Nick Hornby was writing about pop music, Sad Men is both a brilliant memoir about a lifetime obsession with advertising and a heartfelt, curiously moving book that roams the world but always returns to the fantasies that were created by smart people trying to sell us stuff. Forget Don Draper - Dave Roberts is the world's favourite ad man." Tony Parsons
  • “"An insightful, eye-opening and often eye-wateringly funny tale." Sunday Sport
  • "If you wish to discover what kind of mad man becomes an ad man, the answers are to be found in Sad Men." Roger Lewis Daily Mail, Book of the Week
  • "A heart-warming memoir." thebookbag.co.uk
  • "Witty, wry and self-deprecating. Go buy!" Freya North

32 PROGRAMMES was short-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2011

Praise for 32 PROGRAMMES:

  • “A little gem...a brilliant way to reflect on his love affair with football” Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph
  •  “Very funny in wry, Nick Hornby-esque fashion... This memoir will gain a lot of fans” Independent on Sunday
  •  “Remarkable... A book that every woman should study, for the unique insight it offers into the impenetrable enigma of the male mind” Daily Mail
  •  “A brilliant idea nicely executed, it's certainly the funniest sport-related read this Christmas” Independent
  •  “A wistful evocation of the author's early life told through a vast accumulation of football programmes he was forced to cull” Observer
  •  “Imagine loafing in your favourite armchair, old mates around, beers and bites on hand, humour high, watching and discussing re-runs of memorable football matches. Sounds good, doesn't it? Well, it's not far off what you get with Dave Roberts' delightful homage to the beautiful game, and the part his life has played in it... A book full of the joys, miseries, near-misses, hopes, failures and fun for life, in this case a football obsessive's, but it's one we can all find something to identify with. A heart-warmer” Sunday Sport
  • “A hugely enjoyable, poignant book... Dave Roberts' wonderful series of tales explain why every one of the programmes made it into the box; each is infused with a mixture of touching reminiscence or laugh-out-loud anecdote” Birmingham Post


  • “Funny, wise and extremely charming” Dave Hill, Guardian
  • “Will strike a chord with football fans everywhere” Adrian Chiles
  • “Reminds you of Danny Baker’s 606 at its vintage best” Sam Wallace, Independent
  • “Agonisingly funny – perfectly captures the sad, futile, yet glorious world of the adolescent male football fan” Harry Pearson, author of THE FAR CORNER
  • “THE BROMLEY BOYS is the best football memoir I have ever read. Dave Roberts relates his story with irresistable charm and sharp self-deprecating wit. THE BROMLEY BOYS deserves to be a classic.” Charlie Connelly, bestselling author of THE SHIPPING NEWS
  • “This marvellous memoir is a must-read … exceedingly funny … among the very best books with a sporting theme” Yorkshire Post
  • Extract from THE BROMLEY BOYS published in Time Out

Praise for e-luv:

  • “hilarious” The Big Issue

Born in the UK, Dave Roberts lived for many years in New Zealand and now lives in Connecticut with his wife. He has worked extensively as a copywriter in the advertising industry.


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