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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk - Ben Fountain

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk - Ben Fountain

Now released as a film directed by Ang Lee

Title: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Author:  Ben Fountain

ISBN:  9780857864383

Weight:  781g

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Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

Nineteen-year-old Billy Lynn is home from war.  Back in Texas, he has become a national celebrity.  A Fox News crew filmed Billy and the rest of Bravo squad defeating Iraqi insurgents in a ferocious firefight.  Now Billy is a decorated soldier and Bravo’s three minutes of extreme bravery under fire is a YouTube sensation.

Seizing on this PR gift, the Bush administration has sent the surviving members of Bravo on a nationwide ‘Victory Tour’ to reassure the folks at home.  Today, during the final hours of the tour, they arrive at Texas Stadium, guests of honour as the Dallas Cowboys take on the Chicago Bears in a nationally broadcast Thanksgiving Day game.

The story follows Billy and his fellow Bravos through a climactic afternoon, as they mix with the rich and powerful, endure the politics and affections of their fellow citizens, aspire to sex and marriage with the famous Cowboys cheerleaders, share centre stage with Destiny’s Child during the halftime extravaganza and attempt to close a movie deal with the help of a veteran Hollywood producer.  They will learn hard truths about love and death, family and friendship, duty and honour. Tomorrow, they must go back to war.

Tender and full of humanity, this is a wickedly funny and urgent novel about a young man, the citizens who sent him to war, the family he left behind and the era that let it happen.  In Billy Lynn, Ben Fountain has created a new American hero for our times.

Peer & Press Reviews

A boneshaker of a debut novel that is being referred to as the Catch-22 of the Iraq War.  It’s a blistering satire, and a breathless trip inside one combat soldier’s head.  An assault on the mind, as much as the land.


[An] inspired, blistering war novel…  Though it covers only a few hours, the book is a gripping, eloquent provocation.  Class, privilege, power, politics, sex, commerce and the life-or-death dynamics of battle all figure in Billy Lynn’s surreal game day experience.

New York Times

With an almost perfectly well-judged, surprisingly understated ending, the book feels to the reader much as the day feels to Lynn: you leave it with the sense of something spectacular and yet mournful having passed by in an exhilarating rush.

Robert Collins, Sunday Times

Bibliographic Info

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Title: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Canongate Books
Awards and prizes:

NBCC Awards 2012 – winner (fiction cat.)

National Book Awards 2012 – finalist (fiction cat.)

Specsavers National Book Awards 2012 – shortlist (Int. author cat.)

Media adaptation: Jean-Christophe Castelli adapted Fountain’s novel as a screenplay.  The resulting film, directed by Ang Lee, is due for release in the UK in February 2017 and stars Joe Alwyn as Billy Lynn.  Vin Diesel, Garrett Hedlund, Makenzie Leigh, Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart and Chris Tucker also play major roles.
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9780857864383
ISBN 10: 0857864386
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 307
Size (h x w x d): 242 x 162 x 30mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Thorne Anderson
Design: Mary Austin Speaker
Jacket design: Rafaela Romaya / Canongate Art Department

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