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Before I Fall
Small Great Things: 'To Kill a Mockingbird for the 21st Century'
NED BEAUMAN HAS BEEN NAMED AS ONE OF GRANTA MAGAZINE'S BEST OF YOUNG BRITISH NOVELISTS 2013 LONGLISTED FOR THE 2012 MAN BOOKER PRIZE AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR A DAILY TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR AN EVENING STANDARD BOOK OF THE YEAR The fantastically inventive, ingenious and hilarious second novel from Ned Beauman, author of the acclaimed and prizewinning BOXER, BEETLE. HISTORY HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE HUNGOVER When you haven't had sex in a long time, it feels like the worst thing that could ever happen to anyone. If you're living in Germany in the 1930s, it probably isn't. But that's no consolation to Egon Loeser, whose carnal misfortunes will push him from the experimental theatres of Berlin to the absinthe bars of Paris to the physics laboratories of Los Angeles, trying all the while to solve two mysteries: whether it was really a deal with Satan that claimed the life of his hero, the great Renaissance stage designer Adriano Lavicini; and why a handsome, clever, charming, modest guy like him can't, just once in a while, get himself laid.
From the author of the acclaimed BOXER, BEETLE comes a historical novel that doesn't know what year it is; a noir novel that turns all the lights on; a romance novel that arrives drunk to dinner; a science fiction novel that can't remember what 'isotope' means; a stunningly inventive, exceptionally funny, dangerously unsteady and (largely) coherent novel about sex, violence, space, time, and how the best way to deal with history is to ignore it. LET'S HOPE THE PARTY WAS WORTH IT
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this is a great romp of a novel, delightful in its inventiveness. Prospect A hoot - very clever and charming, with an awesone range of reference. Sunday Telegraph Funny, scandalous, decadent and erudite, THE TELEPORTATION ACCIDENT is a hugely enjoyable madness with flavours of Pynchon, Huysmans and Jerome K. Jerome. Nick Harkaway Beauman, whose first novel BOXER, BEETLE was widely acclaimed, sets out his stall as a latter-day Evelyn Waugh in this dazzling satire that begins in 1930s Berlin. Biting black comedy. The Times [Beauman] is blisteringly funny, witty and erudite ... Beauman manages to combine the intrigue of a thriller with the imagery of a comedy. It makes for an excellent read. Daily Telegraph Ned Beauman is a very funny writer, but also a very serious one. His second novel is a glorious rigmarole of satire, insanity, genre tropes and aching romantic pain, but never doubt that it is an essentially serious book. Independent Its meticulously crafted plot skitters from sci-fi to noir thriller; with comedic interludes and some romance for added sizzle ... you'll be left bedazzled. Daily Mail Beauman has a huge gift for satire and the wry phrase...brought together so immaculately you never notice how hard he's working. Word Magazine A novel that turns everything on its head, Beauman's book is critical, funny and deliciously deviant. The List Ned Beauman is a writer of unceasing invention and his second novel is replete with ideas. Metro Popping with ideas, fizzing with vitality and great fun to quaff. Independent on Sunday Ned Beauman has written another very pleasing comic romp through the 1930s, offering a second offbeat perspective on the rise of the Third Reich. It is, once more, full of good jokes, erudite winks and historical whimsy ... Beauman excels at both the grand, jostling structure and the individual sentence. His similes are often inspired, his dialogue is frequently hilarious, and his ability to keep all the plates spinning, as the story dashes between years and continents, is very impressive. Literary Review Lovable, brilliant and entertaining ... Beauman takes a huge range of styles and genres and pushes them and bends them often to glorious effect ... Beauman has a huge talent for metaphor and simile and hits with almost all of them. My personal favourite was 'there was enough ice in her voice for a serviceable daiquiri' - very Raymond Chandler. Also brilliant are some of his characters - notably Colonel Gorge who suffers from 'ontological agnosia' brought on by sniffing too much of the car polish that has made him rich, which means that he cannot differentiate between pictures and reality. That this references back to the Brechtian approach to theatre is just one example of the cleverness of Beauman's approach. But mostly, Gorge is just hilarious ... Beauman is one of the most innovative young writers around and is one to follow. www.thebookbag.co.uk It is brilliantly witty, with a pace edging on breathless. Every stage is like the denouement of a great crime novel refigured as science. The reader is constantly challenged (and rewarded) as occurrences alternate between being clear and nebulous. Genuinely exhilarating. We Love This Book At times THE TELEPORTATION ACCIDENT is as bloody-mindedly difficult as Egon Loeser, but it builds slowly, brings its threads together with great skill, and Ned Beauman turns a good phrase as his characters dance their line between the cleverly obnoxious and the obnoxiously clever. SFX Praise for Boxer, Beetle : a piece of staggeringly energetic intellectual slapstick ... it's crammed with strange, funny and interesting things Sam Leith, Guardian an enjoyable confection; witty, ludicrous and entertaining James Urquhart, Financial Times 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 Ned Beauman's astonishingly assured debut starts as it means to go on: confident, droll, and not in the best of taste ... Many first novels are judged promising. Boxer, Beetle arrives fully formed: original, exhilarating and hugely enjoyable. Peter Parker, Sunday Times Frighteningly assured Katie Guest, Independent on Sunday Exuberant ... There are politics, black comedy, experimentation and wild originality - and I haven't even got to the beetles. Terrific. The Times Debut bout is a real knockout ... dazzling Daily Express Its ambitions are enormous, in terms of the range, energy and quality of the writing Literary Review Dazzling ... As in PG Wodehouse and the early Martin Amis the tone is mischievous and impudent without being merely jaunty or wacky ... in Erksine and Broom we have two endlessly curious heroes whose thoughts are fascinating even at their silliest. Leo Robson, 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. Katie Allen, 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. The List Beauman skips with panache between his dreadful version of the present and the macabre absurdities of a period when cock-eyed science and rabid anti-Semitism provided a toxic cocktail for the upper classes. His killer irony evokes early Evelyn Waugh, and his lateral take on reality Will Self at his unsettling best. This is humour that goes beyond black, careening off into regions of darkness to deliver the funniest new book I've read in a year or two. Pete Carty, Independent Clever, inventive, intelligently structured, genre-spanning, as magpie-like in its references as any graphic novel, and above all, an enjoyable, high-octane read through a fascinating period in history. Rob Sharp, Independent on Sunday The 1930s are wonderfully evoked, and the historical sections of the novel are taut, thematically rich and extremely well written ... it takes real skill to make a tragic hero out of the five-foot, nine-toed alcoholic Seth Roach ... 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. Scarlett Thomas, Guardian An edifying treatise on the absurdity of eugenics and racial theories, and probably the most politically incorrect novel of the decade - as well as the funniest ... Monstrous misfits with ugly motives are beautifully rendered in a novel where Beauman's scrupulous research is deftly threaded through serious themes in a laugh-out-loud-on-the-train history lesson. Anna Swan, Sunday Telegraph I can only gape in admiration at a new writing force and wonder what he's going to produce next. Victoria Moore, Daily Mail The scenes set in the past are reminiscent of Evelyn Waugh's Decline and Fall in their grotesque stupidity and amorality, and the present-day characters are as ruthless as any in modern noir fiction. It also makes a persuasive argument for the moral repercussions of Darwinism and the absurdities of fascism and repressed homosexuality, but that's just three aspects of a witty, fascinating and romping read. James Medd, Word Beauman writes with wit and verve. Carl Wilkinson, Financial Times