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Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea, South Wales. His poetry has been featured on Channel 4 and Radio 3; he has performed at festivals including Glastonbury, Hay-on-Wye, and Latitude. Now twenty-five, Dunthorne lives in London. Submarine is his first novel.


Welsh-born Dunthorne delves in his debut into the mind of a troubled 14-year-old boy obsessed with his virginity, his parent's failing marriage and the dictionary. Growing up in Swansea, Wales, Oliver Tate is curious about everything going on around him. Fixated on the personal lives of his parents and neighbors, Oliver compulsively keeps a log of his observations, activities and thoughts, many of which revolve around his new girlfriend, Jordana, she of the fully developed breasts and snogging experience. The two become inseparable and eventually wind up together in the sack. Oliver also believes his mother is having an affair with a family friend, and his growing suspicion leads to a half-baked investigation that only complicates matters at home. As Oliver and Jordana's relationship plays out and the truth about Oliver's mother is revealed, Oliver takes some lumps and learns a few lessons. Some readers will be turned off by Oliver's cruelty-among other things, he bullies an overweight girl at school and poisons Jordana's dog-and others by his precociousness (his log entries include word-of-the-day vocab lessons), but Dunthorne's creation is a true original. (Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice

"[Joe Dunthorne is] probably destined to be compared with Mark Haddon and Roddy Doyle."--The Miami Herald "This absolutely winning debut novel isn't so much a coming-of-age tale as it is a reflection on what it means to be a certain age and of an uncertain mind."--Los Angeles Times "A brilliant first novel by a young man of ferocious comic talent."--The Times (London)

"[Dunthorne's] precocious talent and cheerful fondness for the teenage male are showcased in Submarine. . . . Oliver's voice is funny and dead-on."--The New York Times Book Review "Preternaturally wise, slightly devious and highly entertaining."--USA Today

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