Winner of a Somerset Maugham Award 2015.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
Serendipitously a British counterpart to TAMPA, in which a young male teenager embarks on a tragicomic affair with a much older woman, which they initiate on the Internet. Witty, moving and at times properly hilarious, another wonderful example of how one can tackle delicate subjects and avoid vulgarity, or being judgemental. A warning tale for our times which catches the zeitgeist with unerring precision and also the most laughs I've had reading a book in ages.
She's online.'I booked a hotel,' I say. 'Near Marble Arch. That sounds great, hon. I can't wait to see you. Yeah. Me too. I'm vaguely nervous. Don't be. 'Do be. I'm a child. Lolito is a love story about a fifteen year-old boy who meets a middle-aged woman on the internet. When his long-term girlfriend and first love Alice, betrays him at a house party, Etgar goes looking for cyber solace in the arms of Macy, a stunning but bored housewife he meets online. What could possibly go wrong...? Hilarious, fearless and utterly outrageous, Lolito is a truly twenty-first century love story.
Closing date: 04/07/2018
'My God, Brooks is a frightening young talent. In Lolito, he creates a multi-coloured, grubby little world that I'd really hate to read about if I was a parent. Magnetising, funny and disturbing, his prose is infectious and highly addictive. I loved it' -- TIM KEY
'Lolito is the funniest, most horrible book I've read in years. I was blown away' -- NICK CAVE
'I love Ben Brooks. And Lolito is really something else. A twisted age-gap love story that is deadpan and grubby and strangely poetic and funny and wrong and also very right. It is like how The Graduate would have ended up if Dustin Hoffman had watched a lot of Loose Women and drank Strongbow and spent too much time on the internet' -- MATT HAIG
'Grow Up is absolutely knockout - Brooks has the timing of a genius stand-up comic. Top class' -- RICHARD MILWARD
'Ben Brooks is a magical imp who pumps out dark nuggets of poetry and makes you snort with laughter' -- NOEL FIELDING
'The most convincing portrayal of the adolescent mind since Vernon God Little' -- EWAN MORRISON
'This is a totally convincing portrait of being a wayward teenager now, that only a teenager could have written' Dazed & Confused
'Funny, witty and addictive, Lolito is a quirky and disturbing ball of energy that will consume readers until they have turned the last page' The List
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
|Publication date:||1st August 2013|
|Publisher:||Canongate Books Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Ben Brooks was born in 1992. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for the Dzanc Best of the Web anthology.More About Ben Brooks