Warm, insightful comic writing (Independent on Sunday )
Riotous, hilarious, beautifully judged (Psychologies )
Wild Abandon is an engaging and emotionally stimulating, chuckle-out-loud read (Time Out )
As sublimely enjoyable as Submarine (Metro )
British fiction's Bright Young Thing (GQ )
Wild Abandon is Joe Dunthorne's outrageously funny novel of life in a Welsh commune.
Kate and Albert, sister and brother, are not yet the last two human beings on earth, but Albert has high hopes. The secluded communal farm they grew up on is - after twenty years - disintegrating, along with their parents' marriage. They both try to escape: Kate, at seventeen, to suburbia and Albert, at eleven, into preparations for the end of the world.
However, Don, the group's leader and their father, is convinced he can save everything, if only he can bring his followers into the modern age. How? By force of personality, strict self-sufficiency and a rave with a 10k soundsystem. Understandably, Albert and Kate have other ideas . . .
'Populated by flawed, occasionally exasperating, lovable and, above all, thoroughly imagined characters, Wild Abandon is about what happens to children when parents become consumed by their beliefs . . . A terrific novel' Nick Hornby, Guardian, 'Books of the Year'
'A joy. Warm, funny, clever' Sunday Times
'An engaging, emotionally stimulating, chuckle-out-loud read' Time Out
'Occupying a terrain that lies between the very British humour of Jonathan Coe and the zeitgeisty ambition of Douglas Coupland . . . insightful comic writing . . . that manages to be both tender and biting' Independent on Sunday
'A creation of some genius. Dunthorne is a naturally comic writer' Daily Telegraph
'Just as funny and acutely perceptive [as] Submarine' Independent
Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea. His first novel, Submarine, won the Curtis Brown prize, has been translated into ten languages and in spring 2011 was made into an acclaimed film by Richard Ayoade. His second novel, Wild Abandon, was the winner of the Encore Award 2012. His stories, poems and journalism have been published in the Guardian, the Independent, the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, Vice and Poetry Review. He lives in London.