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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (5 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099501732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099501732
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Glasgow writer Ewan Morrison takes on the mantle of responsibility of writing a serious book about sex and carries it off with great success. It's difficult to believe that Swung is his first novel. It boasts a narrative control and sureness of touch... that would induce envy in many more experienced novelists... Swung is a beautifully crafted, completely realised and often inspirational book. It announces Morrison as one of the most interesting and exciting voices to emerge in Scottish fiction in recent years" (Irvine Welsh Guardian)

"Genuinely groundbreaking... Morrison is one of the most gifted and accomplished writers to have emerged in recent years" (Irvine Welsh)

"The best book on sex since John Updike's Couples. Ewan Morrison's brave, dirty, utterly honest account of the psychological side of swinging is a complete delight" (Matt Thorne)

"Though sex is its language, this is a novel about ageing and settling and messing things up again, with heart enough to make it hurt" (Hepzibah Anderson Observer)

"Swung is a book of real ambition, a wide ranging exploration of human needs that starts from the most unexpected of websites" (Herald)

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The first novel by the now critically-acclaimed Scottish writer who takes the reader places they've never been before.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grant Hogan Jr on 17 Feb. 2014
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I really enjoyed Tales from the Mall, but personally I found this novel a little tired and cliched.

Don't want to say its been done a million times before but the truth is it has and better.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lukens VINE VOICE on 20 Jun. 2007
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As another reviewer mentioned, this isn't really a book about swinging, and it is really more just a book about two people who don't know where their lives are headed, and who are not really all that sure if they're going about fixing them in the right way.

That said, it does still feature a fair amount of sex and swinging, and it does get quite graphic in places (I almost felt it was a little too graphic at times); however, it is graphic in quite a casual, offhand, manner which manages to keep the book at a more serious level, and it seems the sex scenes are not really written with the intention of arousing the reader (although, that's not to say they are bland or boring).

I do think some people might find it a bit much, and for that reason it's not a book I'd recommend to everyone. I found it a really great and gripping read though, which stays fast paced and punchy throughout; it was one of those books that I found very hard to put down, with a great writing style, and well developed characters.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 July 2009
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After writing a bad review of Ewan Morrison's Distance, I felt I ought to check his other novels to see whether they were any better. Unfortunately they're not.

Swung reads like a first novel (alas, so do Distance and Menage). The characters are cliches; they have no depth and nothing to make you believe in them as people; believe in their thoughts; or believe in their actions. Instead, we just have implausible and wooden scenes that seem to serve little purpose other than to join together various explicit scenes. And the explicit scenes are written with all the glee and finesse one might expect of a 14 year old. It tries to shock, but results in schlock.

Seriously, if you are considering buying this, don't. Spend your money on something a little bit more grown up.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne Bryson on 20 Dec. 2013
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Years ago people identified with Bridget Jones's Diary, although I had an overwhelming need to scream at her to give herself a good shake for the most part. "Swung" is different. It's a witty, accurate and deeply darkly humorous insight into the minds and souls of our "Generation X". /Well written and probing it leaves you literally gagging for more.

With the film rumoured to be in production, I'd urge anyone and everyone to read this now so when the new "Trainspotting" hits our senses in large screen format you're ready, waiting and coyly in the know - wouldn't that annoy your friends?
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Duncan Howorth on 25 April 2008
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I thought this would be an erotic novel - and yes it does have its moments. But mainly its about our hero's impotence as he wanders round metaphorically beating his head against walls and going potty, and enduring a very messy redundancy. I found it a painful and harrowing read, his girlfriend was also a profoundly damaged personality but I found her less sympathetic, not drawn as well as the man.
The mentions of swinging are all tinged with repulsion and disgust and never really enjoyed by either of the two main angst ridden characters.
I did find them very irritating and wanted to say to them "just get on with it". However it did ring true to life and things often just drag on like that - until you get yourself a new job/role, discover viagra etc.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NB on 14 Aug. 2007
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On the surface, this is a complex tale of two complex people, Alice and David, who, fuelled by boredom, cockiness and sexual dysfunction become part of Glasgow's swinging scene.

This could have ended up being a bawdy romp with lots of knowing asides in the wrong hand, but Morrison has created a touching and interesting story that looks at what people get up to behind closed doors with their neighbours, strangers and strange people off the internet.

Although this is called `Swung' and it is filthy In parts, the sex is only one element of the book - it also explores David and Alice's attitudes to the ennui of working in a job you don't love, being unemployed, being a parent, how Alice's Mum affected her adult life, psychology and pop culture and the mundanity of living the dream of a nice house in a nice area of town with nice wine and being sarcastic about the prole culture you think you're above.

I bought this thinking it would be good, but on finishing, I can say it is actually great.
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