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The Adult

The Adult [Kindle Edition]

Joe Stretch
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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"I knew from the first page that this was going to be a very funny book, but I didn't realise it would have so much heart and be so beautiful" (Evie Wyld)

"Savage, hilarious, uncannily moving, and true. It's the first novel I've read that burns with all the madness, sadness and refracted terror of right now, and everyone should read it. Right now" (Jacob Polley)

"This is a book which does more than just take you on a journey through the last twenty years. It also has a lot to say about family eccentricities, about childhood and adulthood and the difficulties faced in trying to be either, given the times we live alongside" (Matt Haig)

"Raucously funny and achingly sad. Written with thrilling verve and wince-making acuity, The Adult marks Joe Stretch out as a unique and vital voice" (Gwendoline Riley)

"The book is magnificent, understated, full of gentle mind grenades" (Cliff Jones)

Book Description

A novel of life in the shadow of the limelight, and other twenty-first-century tribulations.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 604 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (2 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FY4S9M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #235,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy style and great insight 18 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Brimmed full of believable characters and vivid scenes, some of which will remain with you forever. Funny, tragic and memorable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, touching and very funny 9 Mar 2013
Relevant, of its time and very funny, this book tells the story of the late 20th century and early 21st through the eyes of Jim Thorne and his 'Just about' famous family. From Manchester to London and back again, this book has a wry, deadpan humour that underpins the tale of Jim Thorne as he considers "what does and does not constitute a life". Highly readable, funny and touching, it is filled with historical asides which you may have forgotten. This book is well worth purchasing, especially if these were your formative years and hours were spent in Grand Theft Auto-San Andreas, Sonic and music. Buy it, you won't regret it, and if you do, well, at least the cover looks nice. If its the hardback you could also use it as an improvised bat in an impromptu game of indoor cricket. In other words buy it, read it, enjoy it, its well worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious 17 May 2014
By Kahuna
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An enjoyable read. All his novels are different and each one has been a development on the previous one. Looking forward to the next.
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There is something about free conscious streaming in Joes writing that I find brutally honest if sometimes a bit disturbing. I can see how our more open and honest youth readers will really like it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely funny 22 Mar 2014
By Johnny
This author is not of my generation gap but I thoroughly enjoyed his saucy outlook on life. I laughed a lot and even cried when reading this book; I loved his voice and I loved each of the eccentric characters. I purchased The Adult because Joe Stretch was winner of the Somerset Maugham Award 2013 and indeed, it is a well written book. I highly recommended it if you need a good laugh.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Growing Up 2 Sep 2012
By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
Jim Thorne's portrayal by the author Joe Stretch is written in a dry, straight, yet humorous style covering Jim's life from 1989-2009. Jim has talents as a youth that are unfulfilled but life has stagnated since then lacking any direction. As the only boy with a mother and her three sisters he feels dominated, especially as they are all winners and famous in their own ways. Jim is not helped by his father who is absorbed by computer games. Jim's boyhood and adolescence are described in the first person narrative. Friends and early attachments (Dilly the blow-up dolphin), his friends and longing for Kate (who looms throughout his life) that once were are no longer. His thoughts of underachievement are the beginnings of a personal introspection that may be recognisable to many. The emotions become very real and quite deep as the story progresses. This book is a real find and the author's narrative contains wry observations coming across succinctly. Look forward to his fourth novel.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 9 Aug 2012
Through the beautifully lost Jim Thorne Joe Stretch has managed to capture the pains of adolescence and adulthood against the back drop of a narcissistic fame obsessed family. While reading The Adult I was struck by the themes of alienation, isolation and loss but found the first person narrative funny, warm and highly addictive.
A compelling novel of the highest calibre - simply brilliant.
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