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Adult Fantasy - out in June through Scribe

‘I pictured myself a wine-dark streak in a TV desert, ears too full of the summer wind to hear that ominous ticking in the sky: the sound of a cultural clock counting me out of youth.

Briohny Doyle turned thirty without a clear idea of what her adult life should look like. The world she lived in, with its economic uncertainty, political conservatism, and precarious employment conditions, didn’t match the one her parents grew up in. Every day she read editorials about how her milennial cohort – dubbed the ‘Peter Pan generation’ – were reluctant to embrace the traditional markers of adulthood: a stable job, a house in the suburbs, a nuclear family.

But do these markers of maturity mean the same thing today as they did thirty years ago? In a smart and spirited enquiry, Doyle examines whether millennials are redefining what it means to be an adult today. Blending personal essay and cultural critique, she ventures into the big claims of philosophy and the neon buzz of pop culture to ask: in a rapidly changing world, do the so-called adult milestones distract us from other measures of maturity?

What people are saying:

‘It's dangerous to declare anyone the voice of your generation, but if Briohny Doyle was declared the voice of mine, I'd be nothing short of honoured.’ Ben Law, author of The Family Law

"Adult Fantasy is like a gut-punch from L'Etranger and a balm for anti-Gen Y rhetoric. Confronting, existential, tremendous." Anna Spargo-Ryan, author of The Paper House

'Briohny Doyle, moves beyond generationalism to explore fledgling adulthood and the failures of neoliberalism with a sharp, lucid eye. Always warmhearted and frank, and often poignant, ADULT FANTASY is a vital examination of what it means to come of age today.' Jennifer Down, author of Our Magic Hour

'Adult Fantasy is a thoughtful, honest and engaging examination of the myths and realities of adulthood. It’s a real pleasure to accompany Doyle as she tugs at the threads of conventional adulthood and then re-weaves them into something softer, messier and far-more forgiving.' Emily Maguire, author of An Isolated Incident

‘A book that blends memoir, sociology, pop-culture riffs and journalism to examine adulthood in the new millennium. It’s smart, insightful and a pleasure to read.’ Jo Case, reviewer, Bookseller and Publisher