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  • Published: 2 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448139699
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals

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A group of well-intentioned students head into a war zone, armed only with 'the power of theatre' - the first novel from the BAFTA Award-winning writer of Peep Show and The Thick of It.

From the creator of Peep Show

It’s 1994 and a gang of good-hearted young people set off in a Ford Transit van armed with several sacks of rice and a half-written play. Their aim is to light a beacon of peace across the Balkans and, very probably, stop the war.

Andrew would love to stop the war. But what he’d also love to do – perhaps even more than stop the war – is sleep with Penny. Does Penny like him though? Or does she love Simon, Andrew’s rival, an irritatingly authentic Geordie poet? Or Shannon, the fierce, inspiring American leader of the troupe? And how will this all play out in a war-zone where all the rules have been abandoned?

  • Pub date: 2 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448139699
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

About the Author

Jesse Armstrong

Jesse Armstrong is the co-creator and writer of the BAFTA Award-winning Peep Show, as well as Fresh Meat, Bad Sugar, Babylon and, with Chris Morris, Four Lions. He was also co-writer of The Thick of It and the Oscar-nominated In the Loop, and wrote the Entire History of You for Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror.
Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals is his first novel.

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Praise for Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals

“Within the first few sentences, Love, Sex & Other Foreign Policy Goals had me hooked...combines the best of sitcom-style drama with just the right amount of gravity... Armstrong’s debut manages to be clever and fun while also retaining grittiness. I hope this is the first of many.”

Rachael Pells, Independent

“Armstrong at his comic best ... Armstrong’s hilarious portrayal of flawed humanity wins it for me.”

Lucy Frith, 4 stars, Stylist

“Original, unabashed and irresistibly funny.”

Zoe Williams, Guardian

“Well-written and full of good gags.”

Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler

“A truly comic novel.”


“Very smart.”

Good Housekeeping

“Armstrong has written a very funny novel about a very nasty war without being disrespectful or patronising – a remarkable achievement”

Misha Glenny

“Armstrong has dry, awkward British humour down to perfection.”

i (The paper for today)

“A refreshing, entertaining, funny and relatable read.”

Antonia Charlesworth, Big Issue

“This is a novel that takes comedy out of its comfort zone… And the good news is that the more serious Armstrong gets, the funnier and filthier the jokes become.”

Jake Kerridge, 4 stars, Sunday Express

“If you have ever laughed at Peep Show,…The Thick of It…or Four Lions, among others, then you can’t afford to miss this clever, cynical and roaringly funny debut from their co-writer Jesse Armstrong.”

Charlotte Heathcote, 4 stars, Daily Express

“One of our most accomplished TV writers has announced himself as a novelist to watch with the best Waugh-like war story debut novel sine William Boyd’s A Good Man in Africa almost 35 years ago.”

Mark Lawson, New Statesman

“It’s very funny and very dry – a debut novel that will clearly be the first of many.”

Mario Reading, Spectator

“Hilarious and thoughtful.”

Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin, Independent

“Darkly funny yet moving debut.”


“A “serious” novel that is genuinely and frequently funny.”

Andrew Irwin, The Times Literary Supplement

“This debut novel from Jesse Armstrong…is every bit as funny and cringe-inducing as the sitcoms he made his name writing.”

Charlotte Ellis, Shortlist

“one of the year’s funniest books.”

Yasmin Sulaiman, List

“brilliantly funny… the dialogue and the characters are fantastic.”

Tom Basden, Metro

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