Noughties by Ben Masters
A Novel

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...written by someone still at university; the unavoidable lack of perspective that means the perennial dramas of student experience are narrated as if they are Very Important Indeed, without the wisdom of hindsight and the irony that comes with it.
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Inspired by Martin Amis and Zadie Smith, Ben Masters bursts on the literary scene with his lively and erudite debut novel about a college graduate on the cusp of adulthood.

Eliot Lamb has had countless nights like this before. He's out with his mates, pint in hand, shots at the ready.  They're at the King's Arms and will soon be making their familiar descent: pub, bar, club. But this time it's different.  When the night ends and tomorrow begins, he'll graduate from Oxford and head reluctantly into adulthood.  As he stares into the foam of his first beer, he knows it won’t be easy.  He’ll have to confront his feelings for Ella, an Oxford classmate whose passion for literature matches his own, as well as Lucy, his first love, whose ominous phone calls and text messages are threatening to unravel him. And then there’s the tragic secret he's been hiding all this time, which is about to find its way out and send his night into serious turmoil.
     Ben Masters has written a thoroughly modern coming of age story full of style, heart, and humor. Eliot Lamb—for all his mastery of literary theory, postmodern novels, and classic poetry—is going to be dragged into adult life, whether he likes it or not.
 

About Ben Masters

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Ben Masters is twenty-five years old. He studied English at Oxford University and is currently working on a PhD at Cambridge University. Noughties is his first novel.
 
Published October 9, 2012 by Hogarth. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Francesca Segal on Mar 30 2012

...written by someone still at university; the unavoidable lack of perspective that means the perennial dramas of student experience are narrated as if they are Very Important Indeed, without the wisdom of hindsight and the irony that comes with it.

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