Kit Hannah is about to start university. He's funny, clever and popular, but he's harbouring a dark foreboding he dare not share with anyone. And it's with a heavy heart that he leaves home to begin a new life.
At the vast Halls of Residence he can be the life and soul of the party - and there are lots of parties, lots of sex, lots of bad behaviour. Kit is naughty, witty and compassionate and everyone wants to be his friend. But more often than not he withholds that friendship and retreats from the gang - including Benny Bull, a pathological liar from Dudley; Adrian Dangerous, an achievement-driven fitness fanatic; Alex, a ballsy exchange student from Memphis; laid-back Simon; and Petra from Stirling, who wants nothing more than Kit - although Kit sees her more as a friend. The object of his affections is Colette - yet whenever Kit gets close to her, something seems to hold him back.
Freshers is an exciting and exuberant coming-of-age novel about getting wise and growing up.
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A debauched but illuminating tale of sex, drugs and partying told with Sampson's usual observation and wit - Time Out
Wonderful... He creates a world of emotional tumult... Nausea and nostalgia are liable to flood back in equal measure - Word
Sampson is a fine storyteller - Guardian
What makes this novel a cut above the usual clichéd tale of studenty awakening is the fine-tuned empathy Sampson has with his characters; well-drawn and human creatures who quiver under their bravado - i-D
Sampson takes on the heady world of higher education...Grips from the start - Sleaze Nation
Kevin Sampson uses his pen like a pathologist uses a scalpel. He's the literary equivalent of filmmaker David Lynch. You may not like the world he takes you into, but his immense talent makes sure you can't look away. Brilliant -
Kevin Sampson is the author of eight novels - Awaydays, Powder, Leisure, Outlaws, Clubland, Freshers, Stars Are Stars and The Killing Pool - and a work of non-fiction, Extra Time.He lives and works in Liverpool.