Less Than Zero - Thursdays from 9th May
Less Than Zero - Thursdays from 9th May
Less Than Zero - Thursdays from 9th May
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Less Than Zero - Thursdays from 9th May

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Read and discuss this modern classic - Bret Easton Ellis's debut novel rightly celebrated for its powerful portrayal of hedonistic youth


  • Join this book club and gain extra motivation to read in English
  • 5 hours of live classes to help you develop fluent speaking in English
  • Read & discuss this coming of age story that helped to define a generation
  • Be corrected by an expert English teacher to remove errors and mistakes

Practise and develop your English online in this 5 week English book club course using Less Than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis.  Each week you read some chapters, discuss them in class and improve specific areas of vocabulary or grammar while also examining literary aspects of the novel.  Personalised feedback improves your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

The Book Club book

Published in 1985 when Bret Easton Ellis was only twenty-one, Less Than Zero is an extraordinary work - a cult classic and a timeless capturing of the 1980s. 

It's a story of a hedonistic teenager, Clay who is returning home to Los Angeles for Christmas.  With relentless drinking, wild parties, and dispassionate sexual encounters,
Less Than Zero is a powerful coming-of-age story.  However, the novel is not as shocking now perhaps as it was on publication - and indeed it is tame in relationship to his later work.

An extraordinarily accomplished first novel. ― New Yorker

The Catcher in the Rye for the MTV generation. ― 
USA Today

One of the most disturbing novels I’ve read in a long time. It possesses an unnerving air of documentary reality. -- Michiko Kakutani ― 
New York Times

Geoff says:

"I think what's really surprising about Bret Easton Ellis's debut is how well structured it is.  We feel anxious for the lead character, and there's a creeping sense of foreboding that comes out of what at first seems to be the shallowness of a hedonistic party lifestyle.  Less than Zero might just be Bret Easton Ellis' best ever book..."

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The book
  • Genre: Urban fiction; Literary fiction
  • Language: American English; Modern
  • Suitable for: people new to reading in English - Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
  • Text: Original
  • Length: Average - 62,192 words/50 pages a week
Dates & time
  • Thursdays from 9th May-6th June
  • 18.30 CET (Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Rome & most EU)
  • 17.30 (UTC+1/GMT+1) London, UK, Portugal
  • 19.30 Greece, Ukraine, Turkey, Saudi Arabia
  • 12.30 EDT Boston/New York
    Age 18+
    Online class size Maximum 8 participants, on Zoom, using break-out rooms for increased speaking and discussion
    What you learn
    • To express your ideas clearly, concisely & accurately
    • To improve specific areas of grammar and vocabulary
    • To stop making repeated errors and mistakes  
    • To summarise arguments, highlighting significant points
    • To develop discussions with related comments & feedback
    • To overcome any gaps by paraphrasing or rephrasing
    • To socialise fluently and spontaneously 
    Your teacher
    • Geoff Hardy-Gould, BSc, MBA, CTEFLA, DTEFLA. 
    • Over 20 years' experience of UK language schools. 
    • Speaker at:  2024 IATEFL Conference; 2023 IATEFL TechLit! Exploring crossovers between technology and literature; 2022 Extensive Reading Foundation; 2021 TESOL Italia