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.
'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.'
'A rambunctious, deftly-plotted delight of a debut'
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.
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.
Its ambitions are enormous, in terms of the range, energy and quality of the writing
An astonishing debut...buzzing with energy, fizzing with ideas, intoxicating in its language, BOXER, BEETLE is sexy, intelligent and deliriously funny
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