The Sunshine Years

The Sunshine Years

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Do you ever wonder where your life is going? You are not alone. Story (that's his name) can feel a middle-youth crisis coming on. He's got a great job, a great flat and great mates: Mac, who is obsessed with biscuits; JP, who never says anything if it's nice; Cannie, whose only admirer is the bird that lives outside her window; and Vincent, who has finally proposed to his girlfriend after nineteen years. But alongside the drinks and the kicks, what has any of them actually done? And why is time passing like sand in a sieve? Is it possible to turn life around? Life is just life, right? And change is a gasping and slippery fish. . .show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 22mm | 251g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552774804
  • 9780552774802
  • 1,229,376

Review quote

"Witty, warm and observant enough to shine light into the darkest corners; a mesmerising read" * The Times * "Knight expertly captures that particular guilt and self-loathing that amplifies the internal misery of the outwardly successful. Her best creation is mediocre lawyer JP, a man who rages impotently at life by leaving abusive comments beneath online articles. Everyone in this world struggles to connect despite always being connected, the "men tippetty-tapping with thumbs, texting their life stories all about town, average as sandwiches, boring as soup."" * Financial Times * "Working with shifting points of view to bring her portrait of collective disaffection and internal dissonance into sharp focus, Knight keeps a disciplined hold on her material... the uncompromising honesty is impressive. So, too, is her skill in eliciting sympathy for even the most unlikely character" * Sunday Times * "The characters are like ants under a magnifying glass, and Knight masterfully creates a suffocating atmosphere... a brave and poignant indictment of 21st-century living." * Daily Telegraph * "THE SUNSHINE YEARS is a brilliant story by one of Britain's best young writers. It is a passionate, stylish novel that tells the big new truths about relationships, and is one of those books that shimmers with ideas and observations. Afsaneh Knight is a star" -- Andrew O'Haganshow more

About Afsaneh Knight

Afsaneh Knight lives in London with her husband and their two children. THE SUNSHINE YEARS is her second novel. Her first first novel, SLAUGHTERHOUSE HEART, was widely acclaimed on publication. It is available in Black Swan paperback and ebook.show more

Review Text

"Knight expertly captures that particular guilt and self-loathing that amplifies the internal misery of the outwardly successful. Her best creation is mediocre lawyer JP, a man who rages impotently at life by leaving abusive comments beneath online articles. Everyone in this world struggles to connect despite always being connected, the “men tippetty-tapping with thumbs, texting their life stories all about town, average as sandwiches, boring as soup.”"show more

Rating details

40 ratings
3.05 out of 5 stars
5 5% (2)
4 25% (10)
3 45% (18)
2 20% (8)
1 5% (2)
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