Front Cover
Penguin Adult, Mar 3, 2011 - Fiction - 304 pages
3 Reviews
'Excellent . . . the wonderful, Day-Glo certainties of adolescence have rarely been so brilliantly laid out' Independent on Sunday Meet Oliver Tate, fifteen years old. Convinced that his father is depressed ('Depression comes in bouts. Like boxing. Dad is in the blue corner') and his mother is having an affair with her capoeira teacher, ('a hippy-looking twonk'), he embarks on a hilariously misguided campaign to bring the family back together. Meanwhile, he is also trying to lose his virginity - before he turns sixteeen - to his pyromaniac girlfriend Jordana. Will Oliver succeed in either aim? Submerge yourself in Submarineand find out . . . 'A richly amusing tale of mock GCSEs, sex, death and challenging vocabulary . . . Excruciatingly funny incidents and cracking gags' Time Out 'Perfectly pitched . . . transplants The Catcher in the Ryeto south Wales . . . Dunthorne can make you laugh like you did during double physics on a wet Wednesday afternoon' Observer 'A brilliant first novel by a young man of ferocious comic talent' The Times

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

A great book - I saw the film first (also very good) but I think the book is denser. A fun read for anyone who likes the depressing tones of a welsh teenager's life.

All 3 reviews »

Other editions - View all

About the author (2011)

Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea. His poetry has been featured on Channel 4 and Radio 3 and he has performed at festivals including Hay-on-Wye and Latitude. Now twenty-eight, Joe lives in London. Submarine is his first novel.

Bibliographic information