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Douglas Coupland

James Naughtie and readers talk to Canadian author Douglas Coupland about his 1991 cult novel Generation X, which became a worldwide bestseller and defined a generation.

James Naughtie and readers talk to Canadian author Douglas Coupland about his cult novel Generation X.

First published in 1991, it became a worldwide bestseller and defined a generation. Set during a time of yuppies and youth unemployment, the characters in Generation X are all in their late 20s, highly educated but with no ambition - they work in bars, and tell each other stories. This is the novel that made 'McJob' a popular term; and looking back at the novel Douglas speaks movingly of his own struggle as he set out to be a writer.

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Thu 11 Mar 2010 16:00

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