Going Out by Scarlett Thomas (Paperback ISBN 9780857862105) book cover

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‘A modern take on The Wizard of Oz that will be thoroughly enjoyed by all fans of Douglas Coupland.’ Daily Mail

Luke is twenty-five and allergic to the sun. He is stuck in his bedroom, where the world comes to him through TV, the internet and Julie’s visits. Julie, meanwhile, is brilliant, kind and could be changing the world. Unfortunately she is too terrified of aeroplane crashes, road accidents and potentially life-threatening bacteria to leave her home town.When someone contacts Luke and claims that he can cure him, Luke and Julie have to deal with their fears and face the world outside. With four friends, wellies and a homemade space suit, they set off in a VW Camper van along Britain’s B-roads. It is a journey that might just change their lives.


Going Out is wonderful. It hits all the right nails with just the right amount of force.”
Douglas Coupland

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“Surreal and inventive.”
independent On Sunday

“A quirky, affectionate satire of brand-saturated Britain.”
new Yorker

“Scarlett Thomas captures perfectly the Estuarine suburbs where a lack of blonde highlights makes you a weirdo… Never mind what the neighbours might think - Going Out is worth staying in for.”
the Times

“A modern take on The Wizard of Oz that will be thoroughly enjoyed by all fans of Douglas Coupland.”
daily Mail


Scarlett Thomas

Scarlett Thomas was born in London in 1972. Her other novels include Bright Young Things, PopCo, The End of Mr.Y which was longlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, and Our Tragic Universe. She teaches creative writing at the University of Kent.