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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Five Leaves Publications; 1st edition (23 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907869255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907869259
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,429,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Tunstall was born in Leicester. He still lives there with his wife and two daughters. He has worked in a factory making fridges, as a gardener, as a market trader and as a Primary school teacher. In his spare time he enjoys reading, watching old horror films and listening to music. He is a long-suffering Leicester City fan and a season ticket holder. BIG AND CLEVER is his first novel for young adults, and has been described by award-winning author Bali Rai as "ten times better than the usual teenage c**p".

In May 2010, BIG AND CLEVER was shortlisted for the Branford Boase First Book Award, which is given each year to the most promising work of fiction for children by a first time author.

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.... confirms his earlier promise as an outstanding commentator on modern youth ...The author captures that teen spirit, ane and all, with pithy, authentic dialogue meaning that the adolscent in all of us can identify with Chris and his dilemmas. In the background Tunstall paints a broken Britain where booze-bingeing and watching X Factor is as good as life gets. --Left Lion

About the Author

Dan Tunstall was born in Leicester. He still lives there with his wife and two daughters. He has worked in a factory making fridges, as a gardener, as a market trader and as a Primary school teacher. In his spare time he enjoys reading, watching old horror films and listening to music. He is a long-suffering Leicester City fan and a season ticket holder. His first novel, BIG AND CLEVER was shortlisted for the 2010 Branford Boase Award.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dubin on 17 July 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a very short, smart novel about a group of teen boys holidaying in a fictional seaside town after taking their GCSEs. There's some violence, a lot of drinking and mild sexual references, so this is aimed firmly at teens. While boys will particularly enjoy it, female readers should also get some insights into adolescent lads. The female characters - particularly Steph, who the narrator, Chris, falls for - are also well drawn. Tunstall, whose Big and Clever was shortlisted for the Branford Boase prize, writes confidently and with verve, including lot of tension and humour, so this second novel deserves to do even better. Full marks also for the painterly cover, which has a modern but timeless look and makes a pleasant change from the generic look of most YA novels.
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What I like about Dan Tunstall's writing is his attention to the minutiae of life. The whole story is like one massive, wide-angled, high-definition photograph of a dodgy British seaside resort. Everything's there, warts and all. Stuff that you don't even realise that you notice; stuff that if you blink quickly enough, you can ignore. Only the author doesn't ignore it. Consequently it gets under your skin this book, and you honestly feel that you're there on holiday with the four lads. So much so that when you finish the book you've still got the smell of the caravan under your nose.

I loved it and think that every fourteen/fifteen year old should be encouraged to read it. Chris in particular is just so "normal."

In my opinion Dan Tunstall is going places and if he takes the seedier side of life with him, then that's fine by me.
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I really enjoyed Dan Tunstall's first novel, 'Big and Clever', so when I heard he'd written another I got a copy quickly. And I wasn't disappointed. The story is of a group of lads off for a weekend in a clapped-out seaside resort just after their GCSEs. Of course there are girls, booze and run-ins with the local hard-cases, all of which are authentically portrayed in Tunstall's unfussy, 'meat and two veg' style. But the best is saved till last with a great final twist in the plot, leading to an exciting final few pages.

It is undoubtedly a book that best suits teenage lads (and girls), though anyone who has a soft spot for England's second and third division seaside resorts will also enjoy Tunstall's accurate and authentic descriptions, from the buzz around the pier to the eclectic and drunken mix of people you always get in the holiday camp social club...

Well done to Dan for recreating a slice of teenage life so faithfully, and to Five Leaves for spotting and publishing this talented author.
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