New Boy, Paperback
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


NEW BOY is a dark modern comedy about the hormonal angst of a Jewish lad growing up in north-west London's bagel belt. "Sutcliffe has managed to pull off a worthy British companion to Portnoy's Complaint." (Jay Rayner,Observer). "Well-written,clever and very funny." (Literary Review). "Smart,entertaining stuff...somewhere between Adrian Mole and Holden Caulfield." (Philip Hensher, Mail on Sunday).




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Mark is Jewish and attends a North West London (private) public school where wealthy Jews and Asians make up the vast majority. He is by his own admission far from good looking, in fact he considers himself ugly, he does not rate among the school elite and only by his own cunning has he worked his way to the prestigious back seat of the school coach by the time he reaches the lower sixth. The start of the new term sees the arrival of a new boy, he is everything Mark is not, tall, blond, laid back, a beautiful well built body, and handsome; but he also seems aloof and unreachable. But Mark is smitten - and confused - after all he is not gay; but manages to befriend new boy Barry. They become best friends throughout almost the entire lower and upper sixth. New Boy is Mark's account of these two years of their growing friendship, of Mark's attempts at improving his social status, his confusion over his sexuality and his desire to lose his virginity. Extremely funny, witty and sharp, the writing is smooth and fluid - the humour as much in the telling as the incident. Mark, despite his cunning self-interest is an appealing character, as is Barry in his easy going charm and ready acceptance of whatever is on offer. New Boy must rank as one of the funniest books I have read, highly recommended.