Buy Used
£0.01
+ £2.77 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Ships from the UK within 24 hours.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Eight Minutes Idle Paperback – 4 Nov 1999

3.4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£9.97 £0.01
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre; New edition edition (4 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340738839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340738832
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,521,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

Review

"This young writer's first novel [ TOURIST ] is a seaside snap of rootless life, his 'Bit More Than Zero': amusing, poignant, frequently sexy and remarkably sussed" THE OBSERVER

a dextrous, assured, engrossing fiction, written with a good ear for speech and a keen eye for details (TLS)

"In an accomplished first novel...occupying an emotion no-man's land between RITA, SUE & BOB TOO and WISH YOU WERE HERE, Thorne describes sex, boredom and a lifetime of morning-afters in a British seaside town" THE INDEPENDENT

To sustain such a story over a book of this length signals a gravity-defying performance. Even so, Eight Minutes Idle never lets on quite how smart it is (Independent)

a wonderfully lucid novel. Thorne's breezy, poppy narrative style, careless cruel humour and refusal to take too seriously such serious matters as work, love and death are glorious to read (Daily Telegraph)

"Warped, sordid fun!" TIME OUT

"His book captures perfectly the bleak spirit of English seaside towns, and its troubled hedonistic heroine is a memorable creation"


ANDREW BISWELL'S 'BOOK OF THE YEAR', DAILY TELEGRAPH



Thorne is an extraordinary writer ... A courageous, testing novel (Independent on Sunday)

there's a touch of the early Amis about Thorne and this is a book that will single him out from the rest of the pack (Glasgow Herald)

"A tour de force of accurate and sharp writing about sex from a woman's viewpoint. Astonishing."


MAIL ON SUNDAY



"An accomplished first work of fiction" TLS

Eight Minutes Idle suggests that the extensive praise that greeted Thorne, including being named as one of Vogue's Young British Novelists of 1998, was far from misplaced (The Glasgow List)

Not only does he pull it off, he does it with such elegant prose that it is a pleasure to read (Literary Review)

EIGHT MINUTES IDLE:

'Thorne has a perceptive and entertaining style, but has the good sense not to get too clever and smug, making for a riveting read.' BOOKLINES

Essential reading (What's On in London)

A brilliant picture of a life stretched beyond the ordinary (The Big Issue)

Book Description

LIVE TO WORK, OR WORK TO LIVE. THIS IS LITERALLY THE STORY OF A MAN WHO LIVES AT WORK...

See all Product description

Customer reviews

Top customer reviews

on 4 March 2008
Format: Paperback
0Comment| 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 11 June 2000
Format: Paperback
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 19 April 1999
Format: Paperback
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 7 April 1999
Format: Paperback
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 25 January 2001
Format: Paperback
0Comment| 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 16 December 1999
Format: Paperback
0Comment| 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Most recent customer reviews

Pages with related products. See and discover other items: call centres management

Look for similar items by category

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery and Returns

Need Help?