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Boxer, Beetle by Ned Beauman
  

Boxer, Beetle

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One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011.

An unusual dual time story of two very different young men, one a modern procurer of oddities for gangsters, the other a Jewish boxer in the 1940s. 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.

Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011.

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Combining love, lust, murder and lots of beetles in a thrilling novel, Ned Beauman has created a page-turning debut full of wild ideas. 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.

If you like Ned Beauman you might also like to read books by Martin Amis, Lavie Tidhar and Emily Bullock.

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Synopsis

Boxer, Beetle by Ned Beauman

One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011.

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.

Reviews

'An astonishing debut...buzzing with energy, fizzing with ideas, intoxicating in its language, BOXER, BEETLE is sexy, intelligent and deliriously funny'
Jake Arnott

'A rambunctious, deftly-plotted delight of a debut'
Observer

'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

'Frighteningly assured'
Independent on Sunday

'There are politics, black comedy, experimentation and wild originality - and I haven't even got to the beetles. Terrific.'
Times

'Debut bout is a real knockout... dazzling'
The Daily Express

'Its ambitions are enormous, in terms of the range, energy and quality of the writing'
Literary Review

'As in PG Wodehouse and the early Martin Amis the tone is mischievous and impudent without being merely jaunty or wacky... in Erskine and Broom we have two endlessly curios heroes whose thoughts are fascinating even at their silliest.'
Daily Express

'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

'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.'
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About the Author

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd March 2011

Author

Ned Beauman

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Publisher

Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
All Shortlists and Winners
Books for the Boys
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780340998410

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