Shortlisted for the Good Housekeeping
Book Award, it is a bittersweet coming-of-age novel in which love is far from platonic. Susannah Jones is having an affair with her tutorial partner Rob, while her boyfriend Jason works to support her through her studies. Things become complicated and Susannah turns to Heidegger and Nietzsche for help.
Susannah lives with her boyfriend Jason, who is the perfect foil to her student lifestyle. He is ten years older and an antique dealer, so she doesn't have to slum it like her friends. Then when she is on campus she can take philosophy very seriously and dabble in the social and sexual freedom of Sussex University in the 1970s. In fact, it was philosophy that led her to the sex. She is having an affair with Rob, her tutorial partner, when she discovers things are even more complicated than she though. Faced with an impossible dilemma, Susannah seeks help from Kierkegaard and Heidegger. A Girl's Guide to Modern Philosophy is a bittersweet coming-of-age novel, in which love is far from platonic.