Joe Dunthorne

Joe Dunthorne


Joe Dunthorne is the author of three novels. His first novel, Submarine, tells the story of a dysfunctional family living in Swansea, where Dunthorne was brought up. It was published in 2008 and has since been translated into fifteen languages. In 2011, was made into a critically acclaimed film, directed by Richard Ayoade. His second novel, Wild Abandon, was published in 2011 and won multiple awards.

His poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies and has featured on Channel 4, and BBC Radio 3 and 4. A pamphlet collection, Joe Dunthorne: Faber New Poets 5 was published in 2010.

The Adulterants, published this year, is Dunthorne’s third novel.

Praise for Joe Dunthorne

‘Wickedly funny’ – New Statesman

‘Dunthorne is a superbly economical writer, and one with a poet’s sensibility. He is also properly funny. There are several snort-through-your-nose moments. But throughout, the novel’s comedy is always balanced by insight and poignancy’ – The Observer


Author Photo Credit: Angus Muir



Event 7: Joe Dunthorne & Philip Hensher talk to John Mullan

Alexander McKenzie Stage

Two of our most brilliant young novelists discuss their most recent books with the academic and critic John Mullan.  Philip’s novel The Friendly Ones depicts multicultural life in Sheffield while Joe’s novel The Adulterants describes the lives of twenty-somethings in London who don’t want to grow up.  Philip has been shortlisted for the Man Booker […]