"This young writer's first novel [ TOURIST ] is a seaside snap of rootless life, his 'Bit More Than Zero': amusing, poignant, frequently sexy and remarkably sussed" THE OBSERVER
The most entertaining study in boredom and emptiness I have ever read. Thorne gives us a convincing vision.. and is perceptive observer of his characters' emotional lives (Andrew Biswell, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH on TOURIST
"In an accomplished first novel...occupying an emotion no-man's land between RITA, SUE & BOB TOO and WISH YOU WERE HERE, Thorne describes sex, boredom and a lifetime of morning-afters in a British seaside town" THE INDEPENDENT
A memorable debut (Boyd Tonkin in THE INDEPENDENT on TOURIST
Tells you everything you need to know about English seaside towns. Damn alien and exotic (Nicholas Blincoe in THE OBSERVER on TOURIST
"Warped, sordid fun!" TIME OUT
"His book captures perfectly the bleak spirit of English seaside towns, and its troubled hedonistic heroine is a memorable creation"
ANDREW BISWELL'S 'BOOK OF THE YEAR', DAILY TELEGRAPH
"A tour de force of accurate and sharp writing about sex from a woman's viewpoint. Astonishing."
MAIL ON SUNDAY
"An accomplished first work of fiction" TLS
"Wickedly insightful, although peculiarly insular"
"This is an exercise in true escapism."
"Treading on similar territory to his highly acclaimed debut Tourist, Thorne manages to pull together a convincing argument against spending too many hours infront of the computer screen"
NICKY MILSOM, JUNE 1999
"A book fo anyone whose ever worked in a call centre to exclaim: "That's me!".
"The angst and alienation of a typical tele-worker is all here"
INTERNATIONAL PRESS 12 JULY 1999