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Twenty Something Paperback – 1 May 2006

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715635573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715635575
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 432,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Funny, rude and entertaining ... Will strike a chord with anyone who is, was, or will be a twentysomething’ -- Danny Wallace

About the Author

Iain Hollingshead is 25 years old. He has a weekly column in the Guardian and writes features for the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times. He lives in London. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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I'm a young professional, 23, living in London and was given the book by a friend I met at university. She told me I might be able to use it for inspiration - and when I read it I completely fell in love with the character of Jack Lancaster. In fact, I liked the book so much I felt compelled to write a review of it.

From the first few pages where he stops to re-evaluate his life "Yes: I'm a tosspot" to his heartbreakingly hilarious semi-breakdown and drunken resignation from his high-paid city job, through to his ultimate redemption after a tragic turn of events that force him to realise what's truly important in life, I laughed and cried all the way through. There is so much embittered honesty in his observations about modern life. This one passage had me in hysterics,

"I started going to the gym recently and it was fun, at first... there are the overweight women who look like they were poured into their lycra and forgot to say when; the work-shy layabouts spending their dole money on Lucozade; the bored housewives who drive to the gym, walk on a treadmill whilst watching MTV, eat a Mars bar to celebrate the successful completion of their exercise routine, and then drive home again."

I think he struck a nerve in my own shameful vanity... But there's a lot of heart too. Essentially he's just a young, confused guy just trying to work out his place in life and struggling to understand all of life's little absurdities.

The one thing I would have to say is that it can be very crude, and perhaps not for the squeamish or faint-hearted, especially when it comes to sex. Jack's tell-it-like-it-is style may not be for everyone, but you can't deny his truthfulness.
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I read Twenty Something recently after it had been highly recommended to me by several friends and colleagues - like them, I became an instant fan after the first few paragraphs. As a twenty something living in London myself, I was amazed by how accurately Hollingshead portrays this world. Equally though, this book should appeal to any generation and you certainly do not have to be a Londoner to appreciate it - in fact, non-Londoners will love the witty send-up of elements of London life and society. Hilarious and addictive - I didn't want it to end. Sequel please!
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Iain Hollingshead's debut is to put it mildly, awesome! It's chest-heavingly funny, rude, deeply personal and full of raw, honest realism as well as being acutely observational on todays' lost generation. The likeably charming, yet comically conflicted Jack experiences a journey from the world of cynical resignation, into troughs of despair and up hills of spiritual realisation, embracing and taking life by the horns and following his heart. Along the way, he decontructs many a modern-day myth and will make you ponder whether you're running your life or life is running you. And he will do this while making you chuckle. Totally recommended for anyone with any doubts about anything. I.e. all of us! Buy the book and feel priviledged in getting to know Jack Lancaster.
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read it almost in one sitting on a long train journey back home to Edinburgh. Without doubt it accurately portrays the feelings that I think all of us have had at one point, wondering whether our life is going to be a success and what success really is. Much of it is funny (cue strange looks on the train as I laughed out loud) and there is one part (without giving the plot away) that bought tears to my eyes because it is so poignant and well written. To be honest I have been boring all my friends to tears telling them how good it is and making them buy it but I really enjoyed it that much. Buy this book; you really won't be disappointed.
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If Kingsley Amis hadn't have spawned Martin Amis, he would have spawned Iain Hollingshead. Jack Lancaster's antics at an investment bank and at play outside really reminded me of my time at ING Barings. Not only is there not a bum note in terms of ringing true to life, it also asks some very interesting questions of all of us. To redeem Jack Lancaster, we must, I fear, solve ourselves too. Floreat Hollingshead!
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I am not well-read enough to know whether or not this book is a rip-off of another title, nor am I a literary fiend who is able to dissect the quality of the writing/editing.

However, I thought this book was fantastic. Anyone who works or has worked as a 20-something male in a big city firm will surely relate to many of the thoughts and troubles in this book. So many points, especially early in the book, had me thinking "I know exactly what that's like", or "I thought it was just me that felt like this".

Some of the reviews have said that the story loses it's charm a little towards the end, and I am inclined to agree. However, I think this might just be bitterness that my life remains a parallel to the early Jack Lancaster rather than the later one!

I read this book when I was on holiday and got through it in a couple of days. I'm normally not much of a reader but I always looked forward to picking this up, and had trouble putting it down.

I doubt this book is for you if you can't relate to Jack Lancaster in some way, nor will it go down as a literary classic, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it highly amusing throughout.
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