Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2010.
A dual time story this is a weird tale of a collector of Nazi memorabilia being sucked into a plot with its roots pre WWII. Murder, mystery, mayhem and gay sex abound, oh and some pretty nasty beetles. It is one of those books you have got to read to believe. Wacky, controversial, original and very clever.
This is a novel for people with breeding. Only people with the right genes and the wrong impulses will find its marriage of bold ideas and deplorable characters irresistible. It is a novel that engages the mind while satisfying those that crave the thrill of a chase. There are riots and sex. There is love and murder. There is Darwinism and Fascism, nightclubs, invented languages and the dangerous bravado of youth. And there are lots of beetles. It is clever. It is distinctive. It is entertaining. We hope you are too. www.boxerbeetle.com
Closing date: 07/09/2018
'An astonishing debut...buzzing with energy, fizzing with ideas, intoxicating in its language, BOXER, BEETLE is sexy, intelligent and deliriously funny'
'A rambunctious, deftly-plotted delight of a debut'
'Astonishingly assured...Beauman writes with real flair and invention...Many first novels are judged promising. Boxer, Beetle arrives fully formed: original, exhilarating and hugely enjoyable.'
Peter Parker, Sunday Times
Independent on Sunday
'There are politics, black comedy, experimentation and wild originality - and I haven't even got to the beetles. Terrific.'
'Debut bout is a real knockout... dazzling'
Daily Express 20100730
'Its ambitions are enormous, in terms of the range, energy and quality of the writing'
Literary Review 20100730
'A witty, erudite debut...thick with trivia, it confidently takes on British fascism, the Thule society, anti-Semitism, atonal composition, sex, and the class system... An articulate and original romp... often gobsmackingly smutty. Beauman is one to watch.'
Time Out 20100730
'Not one for the easily shocked, young scribe Ned Beauman subjects the reader to a parade of ghoulish events and ghastly theories throughout his dazzling first novel Boxer, Beetle... deeply researched and punchily written, this is an utterly unique work that marks the London-based author out as an exciting new voice in fiction.'
The List 20100730
'It's clear from this compelling debut that Beauman can perform the complicated paradoxical trick required of the best 21st-century realist novelists: to take an old and predictable structure and allow it to produce new and unpredictable connections.'
'ambitious and energetic'
Publication date: 05/08/2010
Publisher: Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||5th August 2010|
|Publisher:||Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
Ned Beauman was born in 1985 and lives in Bethnal Green, East London. He studied Philosophy at Cambridge University and has written for Dazed & Confused, AnOther, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and severall other magazines and newspapers. He is now at work on his second novel The Teleportation Accident.More About Ned Beauman