Borrow
Buy

The Adulterants

by Joe Dunthorne

A hot summer in London. Riots and looting in the streets. Thirty something Ray, about to become a first time father, blunders along. Getting arrested for looting, being beaten up, stalking his wife. Somehow through the chaos he manages to be extremely funny - so you can forgive him anything. Short but brilliant. I loved it.

Extract

The billboard truck came to the end of the road and parked.

Shop a Looter.

It was a good line, considering they can't have had long to design it. I gave Garthene and Lindsey their yumyums, the walked over to take a closer look at the billboard. It was a bit embarrassing but the looter with the shorts was wearing a shirt that I own, the off-white one with tiny blue dots. Of all the suspects, he was the easiest to hate. He had a can of lager in one hand, another in his pocket. He looked picnic-ready, smiling. I wasn't too proud to recognise a bit of myself in him and then slowly recognise all of myself in him because I was him and he was me, my own personal self.

Parallels

Ordinary People by Diane Evans
 

Read Extract

Books with similar rating

Borrow

1. Select UK region:

Not in the UK?

Scotland Norther Ireland North East of England North West of England Yorkshire and the Humber Wales West Midlands East Midlands East of England London South West of England South East of England

Sign in

 
Email:
 
Password:

Whichbook Sign Up

Enter your email address to get started:

First name:
Last name:
Password:
Confirm password:

Alerts

Email alerts are only available for registered users.