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  • Published: 15 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9781783440634
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

Doing It

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A laugh-out-loud comedy for teenage boys from the king of teen fiction.

Dino's girlfriend won't give him what he wants. Jonathon is afraid of what his mates will think of the girl he likes. And Ben is having extra lessons from his sexy teacher. Three seventeen-year-old boys discover sex for the first time: but do they really know what they’re doing?

  • Pub date: 15 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9781783440634
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Melvin Burgess

Melvin Burgess was born in London and brought up in Surrey and Sussex. He has had a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer. Before his first novel, he had short stories published and a play broadcast on Radio 4. He is now regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature, having won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for his acclaimed novel Junk.

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Praise for Doing It

“The current king of this genre”

The Times

“Funny, honest and touching with engagingly mixed-up protagonists... realistic, but utterly uncynical”


“A genuinely moral work of fiction about a subject - the confusions, joys and terrors of adolescent male sexuality - rarely addressed with any such comprehension or sympathy”

Evening Standard

“Filth, which ever way you look at it”

Anne Fine

“Refreshingly realistic and unsentimental approach to sex”

Time Out

“This boldly comic book has a serious core and a great deal of heart... everyone knows teenage boys are gross. Now we know they're human too.”


“Everything you never wanted to know about sex and boys - but probably should”

Dinah Hall, Sunday Telegraph

“Explosive, essential reading”

Waterstone's Books Quarterly

“Hilarious and thoroughly absorbing, fantastically well observed and emotionally astute... Burgess at his brilliant best. Not recommended for those over 21”


“Burgess’s treatment of that whole confusing scenario of being a teenager is, as ever, brilliant.”

The Bookseller

“Hilarious, brutally honest and also very brave”

Catriona Scott, Scottish Book Trust

“A bold, brash, swaggering read that entertains as much as it shocks”

Matt Whyman

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