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Meantime: The gripping debut crime novel from Frankie Boyle

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It's as rambly as a story about a drug-addicted guy out of his mind trying to solve the murder of his friend as you expect it to be, but I was never bored. He was a permanent panellist on Mock the Week for seven series and has made guest appearances on several popular panel shows including Have I Got News for You, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie to You? Thanks for the advanced copy I was really looking forward to reading this as I am a big Frankie Boyle fan. Comparisons of this book to Trainspotting is lazy and disingenuous and disregard all reviews and opinions who make this lazy comparison. As long as you pick up Meantime with an open mind and you’re not opposed to dark humour and a lot of swearing, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

Meantime is a tremendous book: a detective story full of twists and turns that is as beautifully written as it is darkly comic.The world that Boyle puts us in is both beautifully observed and at the same time exaggerated and otherworldly, bonkers is the right word. When your lead character, and part time suspect, is a self confessed stoner, and the very varied group of friends who help him really aren't much better, you kind of get a hint of where this book is likely to lead. Take these examples: “And they want to create their own little Britain, with the pound, and the f***ing Queen. In a four-star review for The Daily Telegraph, Kerridge praised that the author "regularly deploys the beautifully offbeat imagery that characterises the best of his stand-up", and wrote that he could hear Boyle in his head as the narrator. It took me a bit by surprise to be honest and made me sit a little straighter and concentrate a little more.

Inherent vices and scalpel-sharp jokes vie with a very human concern for those least garlanded in the rat race of life. Starts off the funniest noir - like a Glaswegian Big Lebowski - then takes you somewhere suddenly heartbreaking . Their quest takes them into the dark heart of Scottish politics, the orbit of drug dealers, and the matrix of AI, encountering Independence activists, the intelligence services, and stalkers, as they seek justice for Marina.

The battery of searing one-liners is aimed at familiar Boyle targets: capitalists, smug liberals, censorious millennials and Scotland (“You’d never get a Scottish version of The Matrix, because anyone up here who was offered two pills would just gub both of them”). Whilst I began the book and quickly became invested in solving the murder mystery element, I got swept away in everything else and my brain just got so busy that I simply wanted to learn more. John Dugdale of The Times compared Meantime to the book Inherent Vice (2009) by Thomas Pynchon, which features a cannabis-consuming detective and mixes crime fiction with political satire. He began co-operating with the government, with Agent Brond as his handler; at their request he began a sexual relationship with the SNP politician Gary Mount. Reading the blurb for this book (on multiple occasions) I could not get my head around what it was going to be like.

For me, the central character seemed to be very much Frankie Boyle himself, he certainly used his jokes. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). There are quite frequent examples of industrial language, so if you find the use of profanities in your reading matter off-putting, then this is probably not the book for you.Denise Mina, author of The Long Drop'Reads like a twisted Caledonian take on Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye. star review, a Chortle critic found that the author created a realistic environment, with "expressive, almost poetic, descriptions of Glasgow life in all its forms" and "sympathy towards his characters" that the reader will share. Another plus was that chapters were often about 10 pages each so it was very easily digestible and not at all difficult to let my tea go cold as I kept telling myself “one more chapter”.

This might seem slightly tautologous, but if you like Frankie Boyle’s style of comedy, you will like his novel; and if you don’t, you shan’t. She seemed like a very genuine, straight to the point woman and I always had the feeling that if I was to meet her in person, I’d feel the need to show her respect. Although the ending does introduce an element of elegy, it just seemed it must require an awful lot of effort to maintain such levels of anger.Meantime was Boyle's first fiction book, [2] though he had previously authored four non-fiction works: the autobiography My Shit Life So Far (2009); a collection of his columns from The Sun titled Work!

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