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  • Published: 15 February 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099498124
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99

The Brainstorm

The first novel by one of Britain's most brilliant young critics, a comedy of manners set in the newspaper world of London in the 1990s

Supposing one day at the office, you simply forgot why you were there... Would anybody notice? Would anybody care? Would it make any difference, so long as you went on doing the job you were paid to do?

Lorna comes to work one morning in a buzzing newspaper office, high up in a shining tower block. A colleague offers to bring her a smart new sandwich and fancy coffee in a paper cup. Emails, boyfriends, sparkling parties follow… The problem is that Lorna has had a brainstorm. She can’t remember what she does, where she came from, where she’s supposed to go next.

An acid yet poetic comedy set in the booming London of the 1990s, The Brainstorm is very funny about offices and newspapers, about friends and enemies, about ambition, love and life.

It's also about memory and forgetfulness, and the importance of learning from the past.

  • Published: 15 February 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099498124
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Jenny Turner

Jenny Turner was born in Aberdeen and educated at the University of Edinburgh. Her journalism appears in the London Review of Books. She lives in south-east London with her family. The Brainstorm is her first novel.

Praise for The Brainstorm

On one level The Brainstorm can be read as a quirky mediachick comedy, a kind of Absolutely Fabulous meets The Phenomenology of Spirit or Bridget Jones The Dialectic Years. But there is also a more serious agenda being worked out as well. It is a funny and inventive book and Turner manages to fence dazzlingly with stereotypes and sharp home truths while making her mordant observations part of a far bigger picture

Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday

This is an original first novel, cruel and incisive

Viv Groskop, Sunday Express

This is a very clever, subtle novel, that in its quiet way polishes the surface of things so that we see them, for a while, as if for the first time

Nicholas Lezard, Evening Standard

[A] smartly-written novel...the writing remains fresh and persuasive

Hepzibah Anderson, Observer

Turner, a writer and journalist herself, faithfully portrays the dynamics of a media environment, often to comic effect

New Statesman

Seriousness and farce are perfectly balanced in an elegant, thoughtful whole

Roz Kaveney, Time Out

This wry, teasing novel should appeal to hacks and Hegel fans everywhere


All of [the characters] are exquisitely drawn, satirically yet with compassion... Her style is so considered and condensed it is sometimes as beautiful as blank verse... Jenny Turner is a gifted novelist and this novel, slender but never slight, leaves you wanting more

Hermoine Eyre, Independent

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