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Martin and Alex meet at university and become friends. When they finish their undergraduate studies, they and their respective girlfriends - Susie and Jane - rent a house in the middle of nowhere.

While Jane writes and Susie finds a job, the two boys spend their days doing little other than sleeping, drinking, smoking and trying to keep cool in scorching temperatures. As the heat builds, however so does the tension; then, when a glamorous American student arrives in their midst, events and emotions escalate still further.

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781743293508
  • Format: eBook
  • Pub Date: 01/10/2009
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
  • Imprint: Picador
  • Price: $9.99

Martin and Alex meet at university and become friends. When they finish their undergraduate studies, they and their respective girlfriends - Susie and Jane - rent a house in the middle of nowhere.

While Jane writes and Susie finds a job, the two boys spend their days doing little other than sleeping, drinking, smoking and trying to keep cool in scorching temperatures. As the heat builds, however so does the tension; then, when a glamorous American student arrives in their midst, events and emotions escalate still further.

Author Information

Sean O'Brien is a poet, critic, playwright, broadcaster, anthologist and editor. He grew up in Hull and now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne; he is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University. His six collections of poetry to date have all won awards, most recently The Drowned Book (Picador, 2007) which won both the Forward Prize for best collection and the TS Eliot Prize. Afterlife is his first novel.