Regent's lecturer Roxy Dunn publishes first novel

Roxy Dunn, Regent's Lecturer in Film and Screenwriting, has published her debut novel As Young as This.

The story charts the life of Margot told through the lens of her romantic partners. Harper's Bazaar has called the novel ‘achingly relatable’ while author Libby Page champions Roxy as ‘a fresh and exciting new voice in fiction’.

Roxy Dunn holding her book, As Young as This
Roxy Dunn at the book's launch event in April 2024

Roxy Dunn said:
‘As a screenwriter and performer, writing a novel felt like both a familiar process and crossing into uncharted territory. The dialogue and characters came relatively easily but sustaining a narrative for the length of an entire book was an exciting challenge. At the end of the day, it’s all storytelling, and I hope this particular story resonates with anyone who’s ever carved out a pre-conceived idea of what their life would look like and then had to let go of it.’

Actor and author Paterson Joseph has praised Roxy's work: 
'In Margot, Dunn has created a character who encapsulates so many of the anxieties of her generation. Deceptively open-handed plotting cleverly disguises a work of philosophical force. Dunn's heroine has us judging and loving her simultaneously while leaving room for us to turn the mirror on our own reasons for choosing our partners. I smiled a lot reading As Young as This, and whatever age or gender you are I challenge you not to do the same.'

Roxy is a graduate of the BBC Comedy Writersroom. She has acted in several television sitcoms and her shows have received sell-out runs at The Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre. Her scripts have been optioned by several production companies and her comedy pilot, Useless Millennials, was commissioned and broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

The novel is published by Fig Tree, an imprint of Penguin Books and home to authors including Stanley Tucci, Dolly Alderton, Meera Sodha and Claire Fuller.

About the book: As Young as This

As Young as This book cover

Elliot. Joe. Tommy. Nathanael. Wren. Oliver. Malik. Zach. Frank. Patrick. Noah. These are the men Margot has loved, liked, lusted over.

Since she was seventeen, she’s pictured them like stepping stones – each one bringing her closer to finding someone to share her life with and, eventually, father the children she’s always imagined in her future.

From her first sexual encounter, to her first love, from grown-up dilemmas to spontaneous thrills, she’s soaked up every experience available to her, discovering friendship, joy and despair. Through all of this she’s refined her search until she believes she’s arrived at ‘the ending’ to her story.

So how did she find herself here, single at thirty-four, and about to make the biggest decision of her life?

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