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"Submarine" is the wickedly funny first novel by Joe Dunthorne. Now an acclaimed film by Richard Ayoade. Meet Oliver Tate, fifteen years old. Convinced that his father is depressed ('Depression comes in bouts. Like boxing. Dad is in the blue corner') and his mother is having an affair with her capoeira teacher, ('a hippy-looking twonk'), he embarks on a hilariously misguided campaign to bring the family back together. Meanwhile, he is also trying to lose his virginity - before he turns sixteen - to his pyromaniac girlfriend Jordana. Will Oliver succeed in either aim? Submerge yourself in Submarine and find out..."Brilliant ...laugh-out-loud enjoyable. The sharpest, funniest, rudest account of a troubled teenager's coming-of-age since "The Catcher in the Rye"". ("Independent"). "A richly amusing tale of mock GCSEs, sex, death and challenging vocabulary...Excruciatingly funny incidents and cracking gags". ("Time Out"). "Excellent ...the wonderful, Day-Glo certainties of adolescence have rarely been so brilliantly laid out". ("Independent on Sunday"). "Perfectly pitched ...transplants "The Catcher in the Rye" to south Wales...Dunthorne can make you laugh like did during double physics on a wet Wednesday afternoon". ("Observer"). "A brilliant first novel by a young man of ferocious comic talent". ("The Times"). Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea. His first novel, "Submarine", won the Curtis Brown prize, has been translated into ten languages and in spring 2011 was made into an acclaimed film by Richard Ayoade. His second novel, "Wild Abandon", was the winner of the Encore Award 2012. His stories, poems and journalism have been published in the "Guardian", the "Independent", the "Financial Times", the "Sunday Times", "Vice" and "Poetry Review". He lives in London.
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