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The Adulterants: Joe Dunthorne in conversation with Jon Day

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The Adulterants: Joe Dunthorne in conversation with Jon Day


Ray is not a bad guy. A thirty-something freelance tech journalist living with his pregnant wife in Clapton, he is staring down the barrel of long-deferred adulthood. He mostly did not cheat on his wife. He only sometimes despises every one of his friends. And, while he spends his afternoons churning out third-rate listicles in his boxer briefs, he dreams of making a difference. But Ray is about to learn that his special talent is for making things worse.

With lacerating wit and wry affection, Joe Dunthorne dissects the urban millennial psyche of a man too old to be an actual millennial. 'The Adulterants' is an uproarious tale of competitively sensitive men and catastrophic open marriages, riots on the streets of London and Internet righteousness, and one man's valiant quest to come of age in his thirties.

Joe Dunthorne was born in Swansea, and his acclaimed first novel, 'Submarine', was adapted into a film directed by Richard Ayoade. His second novel, 'Wild Abandon', won the 2012 Encore Award, and he was featured in the Faber Young Poets series in 2016. He lives in London.

Jon Day is a writer, academic and cyclist. He worked as a bicycle courier in London for several years, and his book, 'Cyclogeography: Journeys of a London Bicycle Courier', was published in 2015. He is a lecturer in English Literature at King's College London, and he writes for the London Review of Books, n+1, the New Statesman and others.



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