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Introduction by Benjamin Law
I know what Mr Booker would say on the topic of experience. He would say what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts.
Martha could have said no when Mr Booker tried to kiss her. But Martha is sixteen, she lives in a dull town, her father is mad, her home is stifling. Of course she would kiss the charming Englishman who brightened her world with whiskey and cigarettes, adventure and sex—whatever the consequences. Me and Mr Booker, Cory Taylor’s acclaimed debut, is a novel about feeling old when you’re young and acting young when you’re not.
‘Elegant and controlled and wickedly funny.’
‘Cory Taylor’s Me and Mr Booker has the heart of Lolita and the soul of Catcher In The Rye, this is one of the most assured debut novels I have ever read. These characters feel so real that they become almost family. Refreshing, surprising, sexy and ultimately very moving.’
‘A vibrant, questioning and unpredictable read.’
‘Cory Taylor’s characters are magnificently created.’
‘Me and Mr Booker is sharply observed and blackly comic, but it is also a tender depiction of love, sex, power and one girl’s heartbreaking step into adulthood.’