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Submarine

(2008)
A novel by

 
Awards
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Novel (nominee)
The dryly precocious, soon-to-be-fifteen-year-old hero of this engagingly offbeat debut novel, Oliver Tate lives in the seaside town of Swansea, Wales. At once a self-styled social scientist, a spy in the baffling adult world surrounding him, and a budding, hormone-driven emotional explorer, Oliver is stealthily (and perhaps a bit more nervously than he'd ever admit) nosing his way forward through the murky and uniquely perilous waters of adolescence. His objectives? Uncovering the secrets behind his parents' teetering marriage, unraveling the mystery that is his alluring and equally quirky classmate Jordana Bevan, and understanding where he fits in among the pansexuals, Zoroastrians, and other mystifying, fascinating beings in his orbit.

“It's in my interests to know about my parents' mental problems,” he reasons. Thus, when he discovers that his affable dad is quietly struggling with depression, Oliver marshals all the daytime-TV pop-psychology wisdom at his command - not to mention his formidable, uninhibited powers of imagination - in order to put things right again. But a covert expedition into the mysterious territory of middle-aged malaise is bound to be tricky business for a teenager with more to learn about the agonies and ecstasies of life than a pocket thesaurus and his “worldly” school chum Chips can teach him.

Ready or not, however, Oliver is about to get a crash course. His awkwardly torrid and tender relationship with Jordana is hurtling at the speed of teenage passion toward the inevitable magic moment . . . and whatever lies beyond. And his boy-detective exploits have set him on a collision course with the New Age old flame who's resurfaced in his mother's life to lead her into temptation with lessons in surfing, self-defense . . . and maybe seduction. Struggling to buoy his parents' wedded bliss, deep-six his own virginity, and sound the depths of heartache, happiness, and the business of being human, what's a lad to do? Poised precariously on the cusp of innocence and experience, yesterday's daydreams and tomorrow's decisions, Oliver Tate aims to damn the torpedoes and take the plunge.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: Submarine: A Novel
Author(s): JOE DUNTHORNE
ISBN: 1-4000-6683-2 / 978-1-4000-6683-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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March 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: Submarine
Author(s): JOE DUNTHORNE
ISBN: 0-670-06745-8 / 978-0-670-06745-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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February 2008 : UK Hardback
Title: Submarine
Author(s): Joe Dunthorne
ISBN: 0-241-14396-9 / 978-0-241-14396-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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Paperback Editions

May 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: Submarine: A Novel (Random House Movie Tie-In Books)
Author(s): JOE DUNTHORNE
ISBN: 0-8129-7839-0 / 978-0-8129-7839-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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March 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: Submarine
Author(s): Joe Dunthorne
ISBN: 0-241-95515-7 / 978-0-241-95515-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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June 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: Submarine
Author(s): Joe Dunthorne
ISBN: 0-14-305639-5 / 978-0-14-305639-3 (UK edition)
Publisher:
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February 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: Submarine
Author(s): Joe Dunthorne
ISBN: 0-14-103275-8 / 978-0-14-103275-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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February 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: Submarine
Author(s): Joe Dunthorne
ISBN: 0-14-103844-6 / 978-0-14-103844-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   

February 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: Submarine
Author(s): Joe Dunthorne
ISBN: 0-241-14416-7 / 978-0-241-14416-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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Audio Editions

August 2011 : USA Audio edition
Title: Submarine
Author(s): Joe Dunthorne
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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August 2011 : UK Audio edition
Title: Submarine
Author(s): Joe Dunthorne
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   

August 2011 : UK Audio CD
Title: Submarine (Unabridged Audiobook)
Author(s): Joe Dunthorne, narrated by Craig Roberts
ISBN: 1-4074-8803-1 / 978-1-4074-8803-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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May 2011 : USA Audio edition
Title: Submarine: A Novel
Author(s): Joe Dunthorne
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

February 2009 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Submarine
Author(s): Joe Dunthorne
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   

March 2008 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Submarine: A Novel
Author(s): JOE DUNTHORNE
Publisher: Random House
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