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Matt Thorne doesn't need to keep apologising in Child Star, says Alfred Hickling. These self-conscious qualifications occur throughout the book. It bothers Thorne that the back story is far more absorbing than anything that happens in the present, which prompts another apologetic aside.
Child Star is about non-celebrity, coping with normality. Fear of obscurity is behind its story of suspended adolescence. In its privileging of propriety over perversion, Thorne's realism is the literary equivalent of the missionary position. Recumbent, conventional
Child Star is about non-celebrity, coping with normality. On the docusoap, a lizard-like dramaturg taught Gerald to think of life as narrative. Recumbent, conventional. He loves the limitations of the genre: the neat causal chains - a door opens, it closes; a phone rings, it's answered - and its easily won resolutions. Sure, in isolated passages, traces of masculinity still swagger.
However, Child Star isn't only a book about the one-eyed god. Anyone who was happy at school or college, or just being young . Thorne is a bit of a child star himself. He's still only in his late twenties, yet this is already his fifth novel.
Why is it so hard," wonders an older, wiser – and sadder – incarnation of Gerald's onscreen sweetheart, "just to live?' Thorne is a bit of a child star himself.
Gerald Wedmore is an anti-hero. Imagine if the most embarrassing moments of your adolescence had been filmed and then shown to your parents. Imagine also if your first love was a character in a real life docudrama. This is the life of Gerald Wedmore, child celebrity, recording angel and now TEFL teacher.
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Matthew "Matt" Thorne (born 1974) is an English novelist, writer, and journalist. Thorne grew up in Bristol, England, and was educated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Thorne's first book, Tourist, was published in 1998. The book is an attack on the negative effects of tourism on Weston-super-Mare, an English seaside town near Bristol. His second book Eight Minutes Idle, which drew on Thorne's experiences of having worked in a call centre, was published in 1999 and won an Encore Award.
Used availability for Matt Thorne's Child Star. February 2004 : UK Paperback. At the age of twenty-five, he's all washed up - his sex life is non-existent and his career as a TEFL teacher isn't going anywhere. On top of that, he has developed a series of platonic friendships with women that threaten to cast him into early middle age. But Gerald is no ordinary, anxious twenty-something.
Последние твиты от Matt Thorne (utesidle). Author of six novels, three children's books, one film and critical study of pop star Prince.