She's online. 'I booked a hotel,' I say. 'Near Marble Arch.' 'That sounds great, hon. I can't wait to see you.' 'Yeah. Me too.' 'I'm vaguely nervous.' 'Don't be.' Do be. I'm a child. Lolito is a love story about a fifteen year-old boy who meets a middle-aged woman on the internet. When his long-term girlfriend and first love Alice, betrays him at a house party, Etgar goes looking for cyber solace in the arms of Macy, a stunning but bored housewife he meets online. What could possibly go wrong . . . ? Hilarious, fearless and utterly outrageous, Lolito is a truly twenty-first century love story.
Ben Brooks was born in 1992 and lives in Gloucestershire. He is also the author of five other books Grow Up, Fences, An Island of Fifty, The Kasahara School of Nihilism, and Upward Coast & Sadie. Brooks' work has been longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in the Dzanc Best of the Web anthology.
Praise for Grow Up: 'Ben Brooks is a magical imp who pumps out dark nuggets of poetry and makes you snort with laughter -- Noel Fielding * Sickeningly good. So confident, so stylish. An unacceptably witty and original debut -- Tim Key * The most convincing portrayal of the adolescent mind since Vernon God Little -- Ewan Morrison * Grow Up is absolutely knockout - Brooks has the timing of a genius stand-up comic. Top class -- Richard Milward Author Of Apples * This is a totally convincing portrait of being a wayward teenager now, that only a teenager could have written Dazed & Confused