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The comfort zone
Jeremy Sheldon
Paperback / softback
Vintage Books
UK Publication Date

Whether they're sitting at home getting stoned or getting cloned and sent to the other side of the galaxy, Jeremy Sheldon's characters are ultimately preoccupied with the important things in life: sex and food, love and football, masturbation and computer games. Sheldon creates a world where these regular recreational activities are pushed to extremes: a gang of bored friends competes to eat as much as they can in a supermarket sweep with a difference...a finalist at the World Tekken Championship falls in love with the only woman who can beat his Jin Kazama with her Ling Xiaoyu...a bitter divorcee finds himself obsessed with the state of Fred Flintstone's marriage to Wilma

Sheldon's stories read deceptively easily, like comic books, like watching TV, and are often gut-wrenchingly funny. They are also an acute look at what it is to be young, male and English. His characters are diffident, blocked, emotionally muted, caught between the momentum of their desires and the frustrating clutches of their anxieties.

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Jeremy Sheldon was born in 1971 in London where he still lives, working as a script-reader and a DJ. He studied at the University of East Anglia where he was awarded an MA in creative writing.

"Refreshingly accessible-Sheldon keeps the sense of his characters' troubled sterility sharply in focus, while he details the manic drive of their preoccupations"
Times Literary Supplement

"'Wry, idiosyncratic snapshots of modern man's bemusement at life, relationships and, ultimately, himself'"

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