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Adam Thirlwell is twenty-four years old. He is the deputy editor of AretÃ©, and lives in Oxford. In January 2003 he was chosen by Granta as one of the Best of Young British Novelists.
There was a lot of press about this clever young man when he was chosen as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists 2003, before he had even been published. (Monica Ali of Brick Lane fame was in the same position.) There was a lot more press and praise when the hardback came out. One thing is for certain, it’s not about politics. It is an extraordinary tale of sex (ménage à trois), fathers and daughters and a lot of philosophical titbits. Full of really good moments, it’s a fine achievement but a bit too clever for me. I felt I was being talked down to a lot of the time. What one might call a challenging read.