Eight Minutes Idle Paperback – 4 Nov 1999
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"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)
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'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)
LIVE TO WORK, OR WORK TO LIVE. THIS IS LITERALLY THE STORY OF A MAN WHO LIVES AT WORK...See all Product description
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