Jon Cobb


I have self-published my first novel and intend to devote my time and energy to writing as I wind down the job that pays the bills right now. I am in my mid fifties and live near Glasgow on the west side of central Scotland, with my wife and our adult children.

My writing inspiration comes from an interest in observational comedy, especially in situation where humour can be hard to find. A few of the events in Modern Man: Life's Like That actually happened or are an extension of real events. The characters are not based on real people but you may well recognise features of their personalities in your own friends and family.

My own career path has been one of unplanned opportunity chasing and that has provided the backdrop for some of this book. I studied engineering at college, worked on a kids summer camp in New York state and operated as air cabin crew for British Airways (don't call BA crew flight attendants, they might just rip your face off!) before settling into a career as a software engineer. I'm really not qualified to be called a geek; I have no interest in science fiction and don't own a single games console. although that may just be an age thing.

Linguistically the things that wind me up most these days are the over use of the words 'obviously' and 'basically'. Obviously there is room in the language for these words but basically, if it's obvious there's no need to say it and if it's not, then it's not obvious.

Where to find Jon Cobb online

Twitter: @JonCobbAuthor


Modern Man: Life's Like That
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 101,500. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Modern Man: Life’s Like That is a comedy about the challenges faced by one young man on his journey from late teens to full manhood. Launching his career turned out to be harder than he had been led to believe and the need for immediate cash motivated him to take a few jobs that smacked of desperation. A chance meeting provided an exit route that opened up a whole new world of opportunities.

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