Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Ben Fountain

How do you have a victory tour, if you haven't won the war? Or make a film about winning the war, if you haven't won? Should you worry about this, or should you just sit back and enjoy yourself? And how do you enjoy an American Football Match when you are the half-time extravaganza and then going back to the battlefront that night? Billy Lynn has to resolve all these problems, before he gets on the plane back to hell. A blinder of a first novel.


Kathryn brought out two more beers. Billy's philosophy was, any buzz that you caught during daylight hours was a bonus; that time didn't count against your total allotment here on earth, therefore the daytime buzz was that much sweeter. And today, what could be more perfect than lying in the sun, drinking beer with an extremely hot blonde in a bikini? The only problem, of course, being that the girl was his sister, but what was the harm in pretending for a few short hours?

  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  • M*A*S*H by Richard Hooker
  • Spartacus by Howard Fast

Books with similar mood


Martin Rowson

Long John Silver: the true and eventful history of my life of liberty and adventure as a gentleman of fortune and enemy to mankind

Bjorn Larsson

The Dying Breed

Declan Hughes

Was £9.99 Now £6.99

Frederic Beigbeder

Naked Brunch

Sparkle Hayter

Burley Cross Postbox Theft

Nicola Barker

The Howling Miller

Arto Paasilinna

Sleeping With Jane Austen

David Aitken

The Cry of the Go-Away Bird

Andrea Eames

The Last Vampire

Whitley Strieber

The Devil Wears Prada

Lauren Weisberger


Ciaran McMenamin

The Man Who Walks

Alan Warner

Crossing Jordan

Jack Dickson

Arts and Wonders

Gregory Norminton

Orange Crush

Tim Dorsey

The Janissary Tree

Jason Goodwin

When Trouble Sleeps

Leye Adenle

Previous Convictions

Simon Temprell

The Beach

Alex Garland

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

Mohammed Hanif

Treason Keep

Jennifer Fallon

The Book, the Film, the T-shirt

Matt Beaumont

Canteen Culture

Ike Eze-Anyika

Falling Sideways

Thomas E Kennedy

Clara Callan

Richard Wright


Dejan Tiago-Stanković

A Place of Safety

Tamsin Reeves

Carry The One

Carol Anshaw

The Hitman Diaries

Danny King

The Ruby in her Navel

Barry Unsworth


Doug Johnstone

Having a Lovely Time

Jenny Eclair

The Book of Splendour

Frances Sherwood

Our Weddings

Dorit Rabinyan

The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam

Lauren Liebenberg

Poppadom Preach

Almas Khan


J P Smythe

The Snowman

Jorg Fauser


John McCabe

The Necropolis Railway

Andrew Martin


Tyler Keevil

My Mother's Lovers

Christopher Hope

Flash Point

Paul Adam

The Remedy

Michelle Lovric

One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night

Christopher Brookmyre


Matt Greene

The City of Devi

Manil Suri