Publication Date: 08/02/2018 ISBN: 9780241305478 Category:

The Adulterants

Joe Dunthorne

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 08/02/2018 ISBN: 9780241305478 Category:


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Fresh, sharp and wickedly funny, a tragicomic tale of modern living from the author of Submarine

Ray is not a bad guy. He mostly did not cheat on his heavily pregnant wife. He only sometimes despises every one of his friends. And though his career as a freelance tech journalist is dismal and he spends his afternoons churning out third-rate listicles in his boxer briefs, he dreams of making a difference. But Ray is about to learn that his special talent is for making things worse.

Brace yourself for a wickedly funny look at the modern everyman. The Adulterants is an uproarious tale of competitively sensitive men and catastrophic open marriages, riots on the streets of London and Internet righteousness, and one man’s valiant quest to come of age in his thirties. With lacerating wit and wry affection, Joe Dunthorne dissects the urban millennial psyche of a man too old to be an actual millennial.

Publisher Review

Perfectly formed... a pin-sharp skewering of a certain type of modern urban thirtysomething male, trapped in a protracted adolescent state. It's one not to be missed * The Bookseller * Dark, beautifully wry, and side-splittingly excruciating, The Adulterants is a triumph of voice and vision * Tea Obreht * Blisteringly funny and brimming with caustic charm - a joyous diagnosis of our modern ills that made me laugh out loud even when it was breaking my heart * Paul Murray * Publisher's Description: Thirty-something freelance tech journalist Ray hates his job, resents his more successful friends, is terrified of the London property ladder, and has just accidently cheated on his pregnant girlfriend. But no matter how bad life seems, he's about to learn that things can always get worse... From the comic genius behind Submarine comes a hilariously scathing new novel about modern life * Penguin * Dunthorne captures the mores of Britain today better than novelists twice his age * New Statesman on'Submarine' * Brilliant and laugh-out-loud enjoyable * Independent on 'Submarine' * A brilliant first novel by a young man of ferocious comic talent * The Times on 'Submarine' * A creation of some genius. Dunthorne is a naturally comic writer * Daily Telegraph on 'Wild Abandon' * Insightful comic writing that manages to be both tender and biting * Independent on Sunday on 'Wild Abandon' *

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