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Freshers
  • Published: 15 September 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099428367
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $14.99

Freshers



The world of student life has been neglected by novelists - until Kevin Sampson's Freshers.

Kit Hannah is about to start university. He's funny, clever and popular, but he's harbouring a dark foreboding he dare not share with anyone. And it's with a heavy heart that he leaves home to begin a new life.

At the vast Halls of Residence he can be the life and soul of the party - and there are lots of parties, lots of sex, lots of bad behaviour. Kit is naughty, witty and compassionate and everyone wants to be his friend. But more often than not he withholds that friendship and retreats from the gang - including Benny Bull, a pathological liar from Dudley; Adrian Dangerous, an achievement-driven fitness fanatic; Alex, a ballsy exchange student from Memphis; laid-back Simon; and Petra from Stirling, who wants nothing more than Kit - although Kit sees her more as a friend. The object of his affections is Colette - yet whenever Kit gets close to her, something seems to hold him back.

Freshers is an exciting and exuberant coming-of-age novel about getting wise and growing up.

  • Published: 15 September 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099428367
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $14.99

About the author

Kevin Sampson

Kevin Sampson is the author of eight novels, as well as Extra Time, his account of a season in the life of a Liverpool FC fanatic, and the moving narrative of the Hillsborough tragedy, Hillsborough Voices. He has also contributed to football anthologies, including Here We Go Gathering Cups in May and Redmen, which he also edited.
Kevin is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Observer and the award-winning LFC podcast, The Anfield Wrap. He lives on Merseyside where he is a long-term supporter of CALM, a charity specialising in the mental health needs of young males.
You can find him at @ksampsonwriter on Twitter.

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Praise for Freshers

A debauched but illuminating tale of sex, drugs and partying told with Sampson's usual observation and wit

Time Out

Wonderful... He creates a world of emotional tumult... Nausea and nostalgia are liable to flood back in equal measure

Word

Sampson is a fine storyteller

Guardian

What makes this novel a cut above the usual clichéd tale of studenty awakening is the fine-tuned empathy Sampson has with his characters; well-drawn and human creatures who quiver under their bravado

i-D

Sampson takes on the heady world of higher education...Grips from the start

Sleaze Nation

Kevin Sampson uses his pen like a pathologist uses a scalpel. He's the literary equivalent of filmmaker David Lynch. You may not like the world he takes you into, but his immense talent makes sure you can't look away. Brilliant

Mike Hodges, director of Get Carter and Croupier

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