- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (30 May 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140255931
- ISBN-13: 978-0140255935
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,577,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
New Boy Paperback – 30 May 1996
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The New Boy of William Sutcliffe's hilariously touching debut novel causes a bit of a stir when he arrives at Mark's posh private school. For a start, Barry is devastatingly handsome and causes girls and boys to buckle at the knees. Mark is more than a little jealous, considering himself to be much less attractive. But he spots an ally in Barry and the two quickly become friends though Mark's feelings for Barry are often confused. For a start, he finds himself lusting after the boy in the showers but refuses to think it's because he is gay. Meanwhile, Barry is getting busy with most of the female population within a 50-mile radius, including an affair with one of his own teachers. Mark quickly realises that if he is ever going to be a hit with the opposite sex, he needs Barry's help. But he learns that Barry is hiding a few secrets of his own.
This wonderfully funny and engaging novel is a fast and captivating read, as Sutcliffe hits so many marks about the clichés of school life. The neurotic teachers, the geeky pupils and the rites of passage will all strike a chord within most readers, and the characters are effectively and warmly drawn. Mark and Barry's relationship is so wonderfully captured; their brief conversations are mainly populated with swearwords and degenerate into arguments by their end. There are examinations of both religion and, more importantly, homosexuality, and it's a comfort to see these issues treated with a respectful sense of humour. In the end though, New Boy isn't so much a novel about being gay, more about being who you want to be. --Jonathan Weir --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
William Sutcliffe was born in London in 1971. NEW BOY was his first novel,published as a Penguin original in 1996. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? was published in Hamish Hamilton in 1997.
He lives in London,N4.
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Top Customer Reviews
Ok, the narrator is a bit simpleminded sometimes and may not at all time be the best of choice as a friend but this makes a very good, funny, entertaining story; the end being at times touching.
It is not a gay novel, the caracter is just confused about is sexual identity, this is not the typical coming out story you could expect but all the better.
A rather unique book, I was very pleasantly surprised.
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This is the first a few novels by this author I have read and this is by far the best and will appeal to those who like an accurate portrayal of adolescence angst along with some... Read morePublished 23 months ago by C. Bulman
This novel starts rather like a hormone fuelled version of the History Boys in which a young man describes his experience in a Bennettian day school in which he explores the... Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2014 by barbicandy
Positioned queasily somewhere between Simon Raven, Philip Roth and Richmal Crompton, but get past the sexual overkill of the first twenty pages (it took me several gos) and it... Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2013 by Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso'
Sorry, I really wanted the book to be a HEA but hime walzting off into the sunset with some other dude will the other guy stands watching......OMG !!! Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2013 by Donna Marie
The reader can race through this book, admiring the writer's wit and sharp observance of life in a secondary school. Read morePublished on 18 April 2013 by Caro Mio
An effortless read,due to the chatty tone of the prose, but the conclusion of the story felt a bit unsatisfying. As with his other novel, Are you Experienced? Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2013 by Catriona Lexy Campbell
A great relatively short story. The author manages to engage the reader by both amusing you and keeping you on edge with many twists... Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2011 by sl90