Wild Abandon

Wild Abandon

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Kate and Albert, sister and brother, are not yet the last two human beings on earth, but Albert is hopeful. The secluded communal farm they grew up on is - after twenty years - disintegrating, taking their parents' marriage with it. They both try to escape: Kate, at seventeen, to a suburbia she knows only through fiction and Albert, at eleven, into preparations for the end of the world - which is coming, he is sure.

And then there is Don: father of the family, leader and maker of elaborate speeches. Faced with the prospect of saving his community, his marriage, his son from apocalyptic visions and his daughter from impending men, he sets to work on reunifying the commune by bringing it into the modern age, through self-sufficiency, charisma and a rave with a 10k soundsystem.

The last day on earth is coming. Bring your own booze.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 18mm | 337g
  • Hamish Hamilton Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 024114406X
  • 9780241144060
  • 370,975

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A brilliantly comic tale of commune life going wrong . . . hilarious . . . very funny * The Times * Warm, insightful comic writing * Independent on Sunday * Riotous, hilarious, beautifully judged * Psychologies * Wild Abandon is an engaging and emotionally stimulating, chuckle-out-loud read * Time Out * As sublimely enjoyable as Submarine * Metro * British fiction's Bright Young Thing * GQ *
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About Joe Dunthorne

Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea. He is the author of Submarine, which has been translated into fifteen languages and made into an acclaimed film directed by Richard Ayoade, and Wild Abandon, which won the 2012 Encore Award. A collection of his poetry is published as Faber New Poets 5. Joe Dunthorne lives in London and The Adulterants is his third novel.

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863 ratings
3.27 out of 5 stars
5 10% (87)
4 30% (258)
3 41% (354)
2 15% (132)
1 4% (32)
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