Jonathan Unleashed

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The first adult novel by Meg Rosoff, author of the bestselling Young Adult novel "How I Live Now".

Jonathan Trefoil has arrived in New York from college and is ready for his life to begin. He's found himself an apartment and he's temporarily in charge of his brother's dogs (Dante, a Border Collie, and Sissy, a Spaniel) while his brother is working in Dubai. His best friend Max gets him a job at Comrade, a marketing company run by one of their school friends. He has a smart girlfriend, Julie, who will join him once she's found work. Life seems good.

But it isn't really, he's lost; a dreamer floundering. His creativity is stifled by the mind-numbing work at Comrade: thinking up pithy ways to sell a budget office supplies company's wares, which they always reject in favour of tried and tested slogans "Pens: 3 for 2". He holds onto his sanity by writing a graphic novel "The New York Inferno" in which a Border Collie spirit guide accompanies a young poet through the nine circles of the New York underworld.

Things gradually come to a head when Julie secures a job in her company's New York office and the different, unhappy strands of Jonathan's life begin to slowly unravel.

Read by Rhashan Stone.

Written by Meg Rosoff.

Abridged by David Jackson Young.

0220160216

Rhashan Stone reads the new novel by Meg Rosoff, author of the bestselling "How I Live Now".

Set in New York, the novel follows graphic designer Jonathan Trefoil as he navigates big city life as a fully-fledged adult. Aided by canine companions Dante the collie and Sissy the spaniel - who've been left in his charge by his brother James - Jonathan wishes there was a book he could read ("How To Be A Person") that would help him cope with his new responsibilities.

Increasingly worn down by his mind-numbing job in a marketing company, the one bright spot on Jonathan's horizon is the imminent arrival of his girlfriend Julie. But what will she make of the tiny apartment he's found? And how will she get on with the dogs?

Read by Rhashan Stone.

Written by Meg Rosoff.

Abridged by David Jackson Young.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.