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Luke Brown grew up in a former fishing town on the coast of Lancashire. He works as a book editor and is a lecturer at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester. He writes regularly for the Financial Times, and sometimes for the TLS, London Review of Books and New Statesman. His debut novel My Biggest Lie was published in 2014, and his fiction has appeared in the White Review.

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'Luke Brown's Theft is acerbic but tender, biting but elegiac, a snapshot of early twenty-first century life in which the unceasing prospect of catastrophe is the new normal.' Colin Barrett ----'It's a rare thrill to find a writer with Luke Brown's gift for nimbly navigating the maze of gentrification, Brexit, and the gig economy with dark, effervescent hilarity. Theft is a funhouse mirror held up to the grim absurdity of our political moment, a quick-witted tale of generational crisis, and an incredibly poignant and funny take on what happens after bad turns to worse.' Alexandra Kleeman----'A raw, funny, surprisingly tender novel about belonging, class, and what makes a life a success. I loved the central brother/sister relationship and how the book confronted masculinity and the disparity between womanhood and the male experience. I grew so fond of the protagonist, and devoured the book in a day.' Dolly Alderton----'I love Luke Brown's intimate detailing of both the tiny fault lines and vast chasms that divide us. This Britain is both utterly recognisable and freshly revealed and the writing assured, funny and always humane.' Catherine O'Flynn---- 'It's rare to read something as cuttingly funny which is also this wise and humane, even while the plot moves like the twist of a knife. What do we choose? What's already been chosen for us? In creating a protagonist and a scene so specific and forensically well-observed, Brown delivers a state of the nation / state of masculinity novel with the ebullience and momentum of a writer discovering his true and specific powers.' Luke Kennard----'Theft is a witty, tender and insightful portrait of a city, and a life, at a time of crisis. It's engrossing and charming and made me laugh many, many times.' Nicole Flattery----'Astute and funny.' Lucy Knight, Sunday Times----'A moral novel about a crisis in masculinity [. . . a] funny, stylishly and unfrivolously written book.' Jonathan McAloon, Financial Times ----'A story of radical instability . . . handled with poise, precision, brio and a bracing lack of sentimentality.' Matthew Adams, Observer----'A black comedy of sexualised class war . . . refreshingly nuanced.' Houman Barekat, Guardian ----'Theft is a clever book about a clever man . . . But moments of sincere tenderness . . . show us the unvarnished, slightly lost, charming man beneath the surface.'Claire Looby, Irish Times----'While Theft ruminates on cultural fault lines, property and decline, it is never clunky or dour. [Brown's] prose is brisk, unpretentious and witty . . . There is a lot to enjoy about the interplay of Theft's mischievous, promiscuous, furious cast members, and how they come to exemplify an age.' James Riding, Literary Review----'Theft is brilliant on divisions between people and places, tribalism and the death of debate . . . I raced through it.' Sara Lawrence, Daily Mail ----'An emotionally complex story of grief, desire, and Brexit . . . With bleak humour and sharp details, Brown memorably connects the personal and the political.' Kirkus Reviews----'An exhilarating novel about love, envy and revenge that, while always being a lot of fun, gives us a new perspective on the state of our divided, riven modern world.' Irish Times----'Theft is a return to the decadent literary London of his hilarious debut My Biggest Lie.' Suzi Feay, Financial Times

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