Sean Thomas Kissing England

ISBN 13: 9780002261401

Kissing England

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9780002261401: Kissing England

Three men and their rock ’n’ roll friendship from university through to their thirties.

Alex does sex, Eddie does, drugs, Tony does nine-to-five. They all want Elizabeth. She’s Tony’s wife. And Eddie’s sister.

Eddie is a privileged, drugged-up dole cheat; Alex is a lazy, cynical lad-magazine hack bored with writing articles on Why Men Like Burping; Tony has a wife he suspects of sleeping with the entire world except himself. Fifteen years ago they were just three undergraduates sharing hallucinogenic drugs in the lyrical beauty of the English countryside, now they are three semi-professionals sharing worries about love, death, politics, sport, money, children, art, religion, race and schoolgirls. Together and apart they assess their lives, their desires, their sexual exploits, their prejudices and their pride, with a candour and wit that will have the reader squirming with amusement, shock, and recognition.

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The New Lad's luck has just run out. There had to be a limit to how long the unholy trinity of birds, booze and badinage could sneak past under our indulgent smiles, and in Kissing England, his second novel, Sean Thomas exposes New Lad's underbelly. And what a lager-bloated evil sight it is too.

Three schoolfriends are reaching their thirty-ish first life crisis. Alex is a consultant for the likes of Cosmo with an overactive omnipresent sex drive "always hanging around, embarrassing and crowding him, like a crap flatmate with no friends"--which explains why he spends his spare time getting his 18-year-old girlfriend to play Nude Homework. Landed Eddie is a pathetic heroin addict, scoring in the most sordid conditions. Tony is ostensibly the most settled, married to Eddie's beautiful sister Elizabeth with two adorable children, but he's racked by fears that Elizabeth is being unfaithful. Stylistically, Kissing England is powered by the friends' effortless repartee. At times relaying its characters' banal misogyny, the novel is by no means a seamlessly pleasant read, but it does provide a fluent, unflinching exploration of what it means to be a man today--and, through Alex's ponderings, the new national obsession, what it means to be an Englishman today.--Alan Stewart

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For Absent Fathers, published by Deutsch:

‘Stylishly written… disturbing and moving.’
Cosmopolitan

‘Testosterone fuelled prose, makes his father look like Postman Pat… I shall look forward to his next.’
The Times

‘A fast, heated, well written novel.’
Observer

‘Brilliantly vivid… peculiar and violent.’
Independent on Sunday

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Book Description Book Condition: New. Ships From Canada. 305 pages. Book Description: Alex does sex, Eddie does, drugs, Tony does nine-to-five. They all want Elizabeth. She s Tony s wife. And Eddie s sister. Eddie is a privileged, drugged-up dole cheat; Alex is a lazy, cynical lad-magazine hack bored with writing articles on Why Men Like Burping; Tony has a wife he suspects of sleeping with the entire world except himself. Fifteen years ago they were just three undergraduates sharing hallucinogenic drugs in the lyrical beauty of the English countryside, now they are three semi-professionals sharing worries about love, death, politics, sport, money, children, art, religion, race and schoolgirls. Together and apart they assess their lives, their desires, their sexual exploits, their prejudices and their pride, with a candour and wit that will have the reader squirming with amusement, shock, and recognition. About the Author: Sean Thomas was born in 1963 in Devon, brought up in Herefordshire, and lives in London where much o. Bookseller Inventory # 8690506675

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Book Description Flamingo, London, United Kingdom, 2000. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. 305 pages. Book Description: Alex does sex, Eddie does, drugs, Tony does nine-to-five. They all want Elizabeth. She’s Tony’s wife. And Eddie’s sister. Eddie is a privileged, drugged-up dole cheat; Alex is a lazy, cynical lad-magazine hack bored with writing articles on Why Men Like Burping; Tony has a wife he suspects of sleeping with the entire world except himself. Fifteen years ago they were just three undergraduates sharing hallucinogenic drugs in the lyrical beauty of the English countryside, now they are three semi-professionals sharing worries about love, death, politics, sport, money, children, art, religion, race and schoolgirls. Together and apart they assess their lives, their desires, their sexual exploits, their prejudices and their pride, with a candour and wit that will have the reader squirming with amusement, shock, and recognition. About the Author: Sean Thomas was born in 1963 in Devon, brought up in Herefordshire, and lives in London – where much of ‘Kissing England’ is set. He is, however, a truebred Cornishman – his father (D.M Thomas, author of the White Hotel) and his mother are both Cornish. Sean is a journalist specialising in travel, lifestyle, criticism and sex. In recent years his work has appeared in ‘The Times, The Sunday Times’ and ‘The Sunday Telegraph, Maxim’ and ‘Cosmopolitan, GQ, FHM, Conde Nast Traveller’. Flamingo published his second novel, ‘Kissing England’, in August 2000. His first novel, ‘Absent Fathers’, was published in 1996, to critical acclaim: “Testosterone fuelled prose I shall look forward to his next.”‘The Times’; “A fast, heated, well-written novel.” ‘The Observer’; “Brilliantly vivid peculiar and violent there is no shattering denouement that helpfully divides the angels from the devils. Sean Thomas’s demotic, unflinching prose is too subtle for that.” ‘The Independent on Sunday’. Bookseller Inventory # 0002617

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