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Bad Influence

William Sutcliffe


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When Carl moves into Ben and Olly's street, things instantly get more exciting. His games are strange, unpredictable, and thrillingly violent. But why is he so fearless? Why are they never allowed into his house? And why does it begin to feel as if he is taking control of their lives?

It isn't long before Ben wants his old friendship back, but getting free of Carl turns out to be the toughest challenge he has ever faced

Praise For Bad Influence

“Shocking, horribly credible, hilarious.” —Independent on Sunday

“Dark, witty . . . brilliantly dramatizes the human craving for approval and strong leadership and the lengths we'll go to satisfy it.” —Kazuo Ishiguro, Observer

“A thoughtful, gripping piece of work.” —Time Out

“Conveys the way you felt aged ten . . . A clever, very powerful book.” —Guardian

“A must-read if ever there was one.” —Daily Express

“A perfectly controlled feat of storytelling.” —Marie Claire

“Painfully funny, wonderfully vivid, truly menacing.” —Daily Telegraph

Bloomsbury Paperbacks, 9781408836538, 224pp.

Publication Date: January 20, 2015

About the Author

William Sutcliffe was born in London in 1971. He is the author of five previous novels: the international bestseller Are You Experienced?; The Love Hexagon; New Boy; Bad Influence and, most recently, Whatever Makes You Happy. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in Edinburgh.