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Paul Beatty - Author

About the Author

Paul Beatty is the author of three novels - Slumberland, Tuff and The White Boy Shuffle - and two books of poetry: Big Bank Take Little Bank and Joker, Joker, Deuce. He is the editor of Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor. He lives in New York City.

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Children of Fire

Children of Fire

Author: Paul Beatty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/12/2017

Children of Fire is set in 1841, at the height of the industrial revolution in the North West England. The story is told through the eyes of Josiah Ainscough, who returns from travels on the continent, and he surprises everyone by joining the Stockport Police Force, rather than following his adopted father's footsteps into the Methodist Ministry. While Josiah was abroad, five men died in an explosion at the Furness Vale Powder Mill. Was this an accident, or did the Children of Fire, a local religious community, have a hand in it? As a policeman Josiah must uncover the truths behind the Children of Fire, and Josiah is forced to solve the puzzle of the violence loose in the Furness Vale, before more people die. Josiah is torn between his affections for Rachael, a leading member of the Children of Fire, and the vivacious Aideen Hayes, a visitor from Ireland. With more crimes unfolding rapidly, Josiah struggles to prevent a large illicit shipment of military grade gunpowder from getting to Ireland for use in terrorist attacks, and it becomes clear that he is out of his depth.

El vendido

El vendido

Author: Paul Beatty Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2017

La novela sobre los conflictos raciales mas entranable y desternillante jamas escrita logro el Man Booker Prize de 2016. Despus de que su padre sea asesinado por la polica, nuestro protagonista, un agricultor urbano y fumador habitual de marihuana, se embarca en un controvertido experimento social: reintroducir la esclavitud en una comunidad afroamericana de la California contempornea. Por si esto fuera poco, decide tambin abrazar la causa de reubicar en el mapa a Dickens, su ciudad natal, un villorriode mala muerte del que no se conserva rastro alguno en ningn mapa de la regin y cuyos habitantes ni siquiera son dignos de figurar en el listn telefnico, pues as lo ha decidido el mercado de la especulacin inmobiliaria. Con todo, no le falta tiempo para hacer de la segregacin racial para con los blancos un arma de motivacin, inspiracin y superacin para la comunidad afroamericana del lugar y de sus vecinos mexicanos, a quienes les une un profundo desprecio por un enemigo comn virtual del que ya no tienen noticias. Sobre tan disfuncional y variopinta estampa arranca esta desternillante novela que hizo las delicias del jurado del Man Booker Prize. Una escandalosa tragicomedia que explora el legado de la esclavitud y las desigualdades econmicas y raciales de la Amrica actual. Man Booker Prize 2016"e;El lector tiene la constante sensacin de estar traspasando las fronteras de lo posible y lo permisible. La poesa de sus frases resuena con un vigor que nace de un riguroso auto escrutinio."e;The Guardian"e;Una novela de nuestro tiempo, de un ingenio salvaje que recuerda a las novelas de Jonathan Swift o Mark Twain."e;Amanda Foreman, columnista en The Wall Street Journal y The Sunday Times"e;La novela sobre las razas ms perversa publicada en la Amrica de Obama."e;The Daily Beast

Slumberland

Slumberland

Author: Paul Beatty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

`Shockingly original' The Times `A literary freestyler with brio to burn...scabrous and very funny' Guardian `A no-holds-barred comedic romp' Junot Diaz After creating the perfect beat, DJ Darky goes in search of Charles Stone, aka the Schwa, a little known avant-garde jazzman, to play over his sonic masterpiece. His quest brings him to a recently unified Berlin, where he stumbles through the city's dreamy streets ruminating about race, sex, love, Teutonic gods and the Berlin Wall in search of his artistic - and spiritual - other. Ferocious, bombastic and laugh-out-loud funny, Slumberland is the second novel from Man Booker-winner Paul Beatty, a comic genius at the top of his game.

The White Boy Shuffle

The White Boy Shuffle

Author: Paul Beatty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

`A thousand-miles-an-hour hoot.' Esquire `Hilarious...and immensely moving.' The New Yorker `A blast of satirical heat from the talented heart of black American life.' New York Times White Boy Shuffle is Man Booker-winner Paul Beatty's electrifying debut novel about teenage-surf-bum Gunnar Kaufman who is forced to wise up when his mother moves from suburban Santa Monica to urban West Los Angeles. There, he begins to undergo a startling transformation from neighbourhood outcast to basketball superstar, and eventually to reluctant messiah of a `divided, downtrodden people'. A bombastic coming-of-age novel that has the uncanny ability to make readers want to laugh and cry at the same time,Beatty mingles horrific reality with wild fancy in this outlandish, laugh-out-loud funny and poignant vision of contemporary America.

Tuff

Tuff

Author: Paul Beatty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

`Beatty insistently finds poetry in the projects, dignity on the street.' Guardian `Beatty's blunt, impious, streetwise eloquence [is] transfixing' New York Times `The writing here is seamless and teeming with momentum' New York Times Book Review Winston `Tuffy' Foshay is a 19-year-old, 24-stone `player-king' to a hapless gang in Spanish Harlem, a denizen who breaks jaws and shoots dogs. His best friend is a disabled Muslim man who wants to rob banks, his guiding light is an ex-hippie Asian woman who worked for Malcolm X, and his wife he married over the phone whilst in jail. When the frustrated Tuffy agrees to run for City Council, so begins a zany, riotous concoction of nonstop hip-hop chatter and brilliant mainstream social satire, as the indomitable Beatty again demonstrates why he is hailed as one of the shrewdest cultural commentators and hilarious cutups of his generation.

Slumberland

Slumberland

Author: Paul Beatty Format: eBook Release Date: 16/03/2017

Hailed by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times as one of the best writers of his generation, Paul Beatty turns his creative eye to man's search for meaning and identity in an increasingly chaotic world.After creating the perfect beat, DJ Darky goes in search of Charles Stone, a little know avant-garde jazzman, to play over his sonic masterpiece. His quest brings him to a recently unified Berlin, where he stumbles through the city's dreamy streets ruminating about race, sex, love, Teutonic gods , the prevent defence, and Wynton Marsalis in search of his artistic-and spiritual-other. Ferocious, bombastic, and laugh-out-loud funny, Slumberland is vintage Paul Beatty and belongs on the shelf next to Jonathan Lethem, Colson Whitehead and Junot Diaz.

Tuff

Tuff

Author: Paul Beatty Format: eBook Release Date: 16/03/2017

Weighing in at 320 pounds, Winston "e;Tuffy"e; Foshay, is an East Harlem denizen who breaks jaws and shoots dogs and dreams of millions from his idea Cap'n Crunch: The Movie, starring Danny DeVito. His best friend is a disabled Muslim who wants to rob banks, his guiding light is an ex-hippie Asian woman who worked for Malcolm X, and his wife, Yolanda, he married from jail over the phone. Shrewdly comical as this dazzling novel is, it turns acerbically sublime when the frustrated Tuffy agrees to run for City Council. Smartly irreverent and edgily fierce, Tuff is a bona fide original. A zany, riotous concoction of nonstop hip-hop chatter and brilliant mainstream social satire, Beatty again demonstrates why he is hailed as 'one of the shrewdest cultural commentators and hilarious cutups of his generation'.

White Boy Shuffle

White Boy Shuffle

Author: Paul Beatty Format: eBook Release Date: 16/03/2017

Paul Beatty's hilarious and scathing debut novel is about Gunnar Kaufman, an awkward, black surfer bum who is moved by his mother from Santa Monica to urban West Los Angeles. There, he begins to undergo a startling transformation from neighborhood outcast to basketball superstar, and eventually to reluctant messiah of a "e;divided, downtrodden people"e;.A bombastic coming-of-age novel that has the uncanny ability to make readers want to laugh and cry at the same time. Beatty mingles horrific reality with wild fancy in this remarkable debut novel.

Sellout

Sellout

Author: Paul Beatty Format: eBook Release Date: 24/03/2016

**WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016**Outrageous, hilarious and profound. Simon Schama, Financial TimesThe longer you stare at Beattys pages, the smarter youll get. The GuardianThe most badass first 100 pages of an American novel Ive read. The New York TimesA biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game.Born in Dickens on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in his father's racially charged psychological studies. He is told that his fathers work will lead to a memoir that will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed in a drive-by shooting, he discovers there never was a memoir. All thats left is a bill for a drive-through funeral.Whats more, Dickens has literally been wiped off the map to save California from further embarrassment. Fuelled by despair, the narrator sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

Heron Fleet

Heron Fleet

Author: Paul Beatty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2013

Not far in the future, Francesca is an apprentice in the idyllic, agrarian community of Heron Fleet. She loves her impetuous partner Anya and the community acts as mother and father to her, as its founders intended. But outside Heron Fleet, the world is violent. Only a remnant of city populations, organised into violent despotic scavenger gangs, cling on by combing through rubble in search of food. They are the survivors of an ecological disaster. The causes have been forgotten, but the climate suffers with harsh, cold winters and short, hot summers. Between these two worlds, Tobias trades food gathered from agrarian communities for raw materials from the cities. But most of all he seeks books that might help him understand what happened to the climate; he believes that if humans are to have a long-term future, the agrarian communities must expand. Francesca rescues Tobias when his boat is wrecked by a storm and his arrival coincides with a crisis in Francesca and Anya's relationship. This pushes Heron Fleet into a turmoil, which threatens the community's cohesion and brings the ethical basis on which the community was originally formed into doubt. Heron Fleet asks many questions. To what extent is necessity an excuse for the suppression of basic human rights? How easy would it be for our comfortable society to become poor, nasty and brutish? Is there a natural urge to be literate? What is the proper duty of the individual to the community? The book, which has been inspired by a number of authors, including Margaret Atwood, John Christopher and Russell Hoban, will appeal to fans of speculative literature. Author Paul weaves gripping dystopian fiction with an underlying theme of global warming, posing questions about human nature and needs - both for today's society and for the future.

Heron Fleet

Heron Fleet

Author: Paul Beatty Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2013

Not far in the future, Francesca is an apprentice in the idyllic, agrarian community of Heron Fleet. She loves her impetuous partner Anya and the community acts as mother and father to her, as its founders intended. But outside Heron Fleet, the world is violent. Only a remnant of city populations, organised into violent despotic scavenger gangs, cling on by combing through rubble in search of food. They are the survivors of an ecological disaster. The causes have been forgotten, but the climate suffers with harsh, cold winters and short, hot summers. Between these two worlds, Tobias trades food gathered from agrarian communities for raw materials from the cities. But most of all he seeks books that might help him understand what happened to the climate; he believes that if humans are to have a long-term future, the agrarian communities must expand. Francesca rescues Tobias when his boat is wrecked by a storm and his arrival coincides with a crisis in Francesca and Anya's relationship. This pushes Heron Fleet into a turmoil, which threatens the community's cohesion and brings the ethical basis on which the community was originally formed into doubt. Heron Fleet asks many questions. To what extent is necessity an excuse for the suppression of basic human rights? How easy would it be for our comfortable society to become poor, nasty and brutish? Is there a natural urge to be literate? What is the proper duty of the individual to the community? The book, which has been inspired by a number of authors, including Margaret Atwood, JohnChristopher and Russell Hoban, will appeal to fans of speculative literature.Author Paul weaves gripping dystopian fiction with an underlying theme of global warming, posing questions about human nature and needs - both for today's society and for the future.

Tuff

Tuff

Author: Paul Beatty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2000

Nineteen year old Winston 'Tuffy' Foshay, 22 stone, new father to a baby boy and player-king in a motley crew in Spanish Harlem, is looking for a purpose in life. A new comedy for America's hippest young talent.

Tuff

Tuff

Author: Paul Beatty Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/07/2000

Ninteen year-old Winston 'Tuffy' Foshay - 320 pounds, new father to a baby boy he greets cheerfully with 'What up, little nigger?', player-king of a motley crew in Spanish Harlem - is looking for a purpose in life, for the answer to his exasperated wife Yolanda's question, 'Winston, what you gonna do?' After narrowly escaping death - by fainting - in a drug deal gone bad, Tuff knows he needs to make some decisions, and soon, with or without the help of his tight Harlem circle - his scheming, disabled best friend Fariq, aka smush; his Beat-poet Black Panther father, Clifford; Inez, the Marxist revoluntionary who raised him, and his bewildered mentor from the Big Brother programme, the hapless African-American rabbi, Spencer Jefferson. So when Inez offers him $20, 000 to run for city council, he gamely embarks on one of the most outrageous campaigns in political history, one that changes both his vision of the world and his place in it. Fuelled by the ferocious wit and outrage that made his debut one of the most talked about and passionately reviewed of the season, Tuff sees Beatty's manic energy taken to new heights of verbal dazzle.

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