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Perpetual adolescents

The debut novel by Sam Byers is a portrait of his generation. It is not looking good

By Cordelia Lynn  

In Sam Byers's debut novel "Idiopathy," © Ian Britton

Idiopathy By Sam Byers (4th Estate, £16.99)

“When had normality become so bloody weird?” asks Daniel in Idiopathy, Sam Byers’s state-of-his-generation debut novel. The question could have been posed by any of the book’s three protagonists. Having each refined their own unhealthy reactions to modern life, they stumble, and sometimes crawl, through a blackly comic miasma of bloody weird normality.

Katherine worries that “she…

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