Ben Brooks (novelist)

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Ben Brooks
Gloucestershire, England
Notable worksGrow Up (book) (2011)

Ben Brooks (born 1992 in Gloucestershire) is the author of seven novels: Grow Up,[1] Fences,[2] An Island of Fifty, The Kasahara School of Nihilism, Upward Coast and Sadie, Lolito, and most recently Hurra.

Grow Up[edit]

The novel was published in 2011 by Canongate Books Ltd. It centres on Jasper, a teenager who is in his final year of compulsory education and, like his friends, engages in drugs, sex and drink in his spare time.

The novel received mixed reviews. Anna Winter of The Observer wrote "Ben Brooks's coming-of-age novel has sex and drugs – but not a lot else"[3] while a review on said that "Grow Up is a sharp and witty exploration of adolescent life in modern Britain".[4] "Brooks's novel is achingly self-reflexive" says reviewer Jane Housham of The Guardian.[5] The reviewer for The Independent mentions a "horrible tendency to over-egg his similes and metaphors".[6]


  1. ^ WorldCat
  2. ^ "FENCES by Ben Brooks". Fugue State Press. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  3. ^ Anna Winter (3 July 2011). "Grow Up by Ben Brooks – review". The Observer. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Book review: Grow Up by Ben Brooks". The Scotsman. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  5. ^ Jane Housham (1 July 2011). "Grow Up by Ben Brooks – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  6. ^ Doug Johnstone (10 July 2011). "Grow Up, By Ben Brooks Talking 'bout generation anonymous". The Independent. Retrieved 17 February 2012.