WINNER OF THE SOMERSET MAUGHAM PRIZE 'Funny, sad, bewildering and painfully honest, it’s a must-read for all fans of Joe Dunthorne’s Submarine' Emerald Street
Jim Thorne. He wants to understand love. His mum. Her three sisters have epic perms. And they’re famous. His dad. He is focused on a vital question: Mario or Sonic? It’s England, 1989–2009. So expect a little history. The dolphin's name is Dilly.
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A properly bollock-droppingly brilliant novel - Dazed & Confused
I knew from the first page that this was going to be a very funny book, but I didn't realise it would have so much heart and be so beautiful -
So enjoyable... The Adult is closer to a state-of-the-nation novel than any typical bildungsroman - Guardian
A ribald, well-observed, coming-of-age comedy… Beautifully wrought mockery of everything from smoothie bars to Gary Barlow’s early solo career - Metro
Bursting with wit… addictive - Stylist
Warm, funny and nostalgic enough to have you digging out your Global Hypercolor T-shirt and fluoro toweling socks - Short List
Raucously funny and achingly sad. Written with thrilling verve and wince-making acuity, The Adult marks Joe Stretch out as a unique and vital voice -
Savage, hilarious, uncannily moving, and true. It's the first novel I've read that burns with all the madness, sadness and refracted terror of right now, and everyone should read it. Right now -
This is a book which does more than just take you on a journey through the last twenty years. It also has a lot to say about family eccentricities, about childhood and adulthood and the difficulties faced in trying to be either, given the times we live alongside -
The book is magnificent, understated, full of gentle mind grenades -
Funny and rich and dirty and taut and original. I wanted it to be my biography, but there was way more warmth and invention in it than you could fit in a lifetime -
Funny, sad, bewildering and painfully honest, it’s a must-read for all fans of Joe Dunthorne’s Submarine - Emerald Street
Funny and true - List
What a beautifully written first novel. Joe Stretch has a way with words that is intensely captivating… Superb on adolescence, the Nineties, and more - Evening Standard
A consistently amusing hymn to unfulfilled potential which grows more involving and poignant as it goes on - Herald
Jim is such a likeable character, unflinchingly recounting in all his worst failures and humiliations - Independent on Sunday
A funny, wryly observed coming-of-age novel, it will strike a chord with anyone who grew up during the Noughties. It’s full of quirky period details and Jim is an engaging narrator - Mail on Sunday
Joe Stretch was born in 1982 and brought up in Lancashire. He moved to Manchester at the age of 18 to study politics at Manchester University. His band, Performance, in which he is lead singer and lyricist, released their debut album in 2007.