Whatever Makes You Happy
In William Sutcliffe's new novel, the hapless gap-yearers of ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? have given way to three men in their early thirties who are not (in the eyes of their alienated mothers) properly settled. Matt works for lads mag BALLS! and is a serial dater of girls half his age. Paul is an experienced hand at lying and evasion to keep his life choices a secret from his mother. Daniel spends his Saturday nights alone in his flat reading novels, pining for ex-girlfriend and love of his life Erin. The mothers decide to launch a co-ordinated attack: they will arrive, without warning, to stay with their sons for one week with the intention of man-handling them back onto the right path. Wonderfully funny, with some characteristically hilarious set pieces, William has once again shone a brilliantly incisive spotlight on his generation.
- Paperback | 304 pages
- 137.16 x 213.36 x 25.4mm | 317.51g
- 05 May 2008
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
About William Sutcliffe
William Sutcliffe is the author of four previous novels - New Boy, Are You Experienced?, The Love Hexagon and Bad Influence - which have been translated into twenty languages.
Praise for THE LOVE HEXAGON: 'William Sutcliffe has captured the numbing pain of a couple who have been together too long; he is a master of the trivial domestic snit.' William Leith, DAILY TELEGRAPH 'THE LOVE HEXAGON is several cuts above most generation sex novels. For one thing, Sutcliffe is an extremely perceptive psychologist. He pushes his subject - twentysomething city life - onto the black leather couch and subjects it to some good old-fashioned psychoanalysis; the result is like a ruder, funnier version of Friends with voice-overs from Frasier.' Robert MacFarlane, OBSERVER Praise for ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?: 'Nobody is spared from Sutcliffe's acid pen and the result is a riotously funny trip across the sub-continent.' Martin Higgins, SUNDAY TIMES