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Going Out

(2002)
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He wants to go out. She wants to stay in. For some reason, they are best friends.

Luke is allergic to the sun. 25 and housebound, he's stuck in his bedroom where the world comes to him through TV, the Internet and Julie's nightly visits. It is October 2000, and he vowed to find a cure for his allergy by the end of the year.

While Luke searches the Internet for healers, Julie is happy living with her dad, working at the local retail park and thinking about maths theorems that no one else understands. As long as she doesn't have to leave home, everything's OK.

When a healer contacts Luke and claims that he can cure him, the two have to face their fears and embark on a journey that might just change their lives. With four friends - Charlotte, David, Leanne and Chantel, and armed with rolls of tin foil, wellies and a homemade space suit - they set off in a VW Camper van in the rain, driving on B-roads through the October floods, not knowing what they might find.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Original, funny and full of insight...brilliant and assured novel with themes that resonate long after the book has been put down." - Chrissie Glazebrook

"Points the way to a new future for English fiction. Fans of Coupland and Murakami: here is your new favourite author." - Matt Thorne


Used availability for Scarlett Thomas's Going Out

Paperback Editions

April 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Going Out
Author(s): Scarlett Thomas
ISBN: 0-85786-233-2 / 978-0-85786-233-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
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April 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Going Out
Author(s): Scarlett Thomas
ISBN: 0-85786-210-3 / 978-0-85786-210-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Going Out
Author(s): Scarlett Thomas
ISBN: 1-4000-7531-9 / 978-1-4000-7531-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


March 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Going Out
Author(s): Scarlett Thomas
ISBN: 1-84115-762-7 / 978-1-84115-762-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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August 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Going Out
Author(s): Scarlett Thomas
ISBN: 1-84115-761-9 / 978-1-84115-761-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

April 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Going Out
Author(s): Scarlett Thomas
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


December 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Going Out
Author(s): Scarlett Thomas
Publisher: Anchor
Availability: Amazon