Synopses & Reviews
Meet thirteen-year-old Thomas Penman. Growing up in a bizarre household of eccentrics, including a mother and father who wage a silent war against each other. Thomas downs his first drink, smokes his first cigarette, pursues the beautiful Gwendolin Hackett all the while forming a special bond with his beloved, ailing Grandpa Walker, a World War II veteran prone to dark habits. An obsessive snooper, Thomas undertakes a quest to locate his grandfather's legendary pornography collection, setting in motion a series of misadventures that ultimately leads him to uncover secrets about his life that will change him irrevocably. The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman is a hilarious, engaging, and touching debut novel, a brilliant tale of one British working-class teen's unforgettable coming of age.
"Almost every passage of this book hums with particularity and vision." The Observer (London)
"Familiar though these elements may be in general, in their vivid particulars they can constellate a fresh and often compelling narrative, especially when they are handled with the kind of verve and affection deployed in Bruce Robinson's The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman." Los Angeles Times
"Sharp, spry, and darkly funny from the first page to the last." Foreword
About the Author
Bruce Robinson is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of The Killing Fields and starred in the 1998 film Still Crazy. He wrote and directed the black comedy cult classic Withnail and I. He lives in London, England.