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Summary

Irina obsessively takes explicit photographs of the average-looking men she persuades to model for her, scouted from the streets of Newcastle. Placed on sabbatical from her dead-end bar job, she is offered an exhibition at a fashionable London gallery, promising to revive her career in the art world and offering an escape from her rut of drugs, alcohol and extreme cinema. 

The news triggers a self-destructive tailspin, centred around Irina's relationship with her obsessive best friend and a shy young man from her local supermarket who has attracted her attention.... 

Boy Parts is the incendiary debut novel from Eliza Clark, a pitch-black comedy both shocking and hilarious, fearlessly exploring the taboo regions of sexuality and gender roles in the 21st century.

©2020 Eliza Clark (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Fantastic

American Psycho meets Skins in this gripping debut. Loved it. Narrated by the Author ❤️

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Dark, gritty, gripping

I noticed this in the fiction category of the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards, otherwise I might not have discovered this novel, but now urge all of you with a dark streak not to risk missing out on a treat!

I can't comment on it as a read, but as a listen it is exceptional. I loved the fact that Eliza Clark was the narrator: who could convey better the emotions and inner confusion of her protagonist, Irina?

For all my enthusiasm, this is probably not a book for everyone; there is swearing throughout and the subject matter involves topics such as extreme sex, rape, violence, abuse, eating disorders and disintegrating mental health. However, if you enjoy in-depth character portrayal and unreliable narrators, with - surprisingly - some laugh-out-loud moments, this may well be the book for you.

I don't want to divulge the plot, but works to which I would compare "Boy Parts" include the novels "Bunny" by Mona Awad Ottessa Moshfegh's superb "Eileen" or perhaps the play "Iphigenia in Splott" by Gary Owen - though the latter is not so dark.

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dry narration, great book

I struggled with the narration at times as could be dry and words hard to hear but it's a great story.

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Thoroughly modern Lass

Like a latter day Patrick Bateman, Geordie psycho Irena prowls the streets looking for her next victim - a “female gaze” photographer she exploits her subjects the way men always have their subjects & as the storyline unfolds, we see Irena slowly unravel in front of our eyes - a fantastic & visceral black comedy with a fabulously unlikeable character driving the book. Can’t wait to see what’s next from Eliza Clark!

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Outstanding

Incredibly dark, dry and funny, I particularly enjoyed the fuzziness of the story - certainty is always dancing out of the grasp of both the protagonist and reader.
In terms of narration, this is one of the best performed books I’ve ever listened to, as the narration is utterly absorbing and absolutely spot on. So much is conveyed through her voice!

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Incredible book with equally incredible narration

The kind of sharp, witty grittiness that I've been desperately searching for by a female author, with a female protagonist - unreliable and unlikeable. Refreshing, intelligent, complex - like Trainspotting, Filth, American Psycho had a beautiful baby. New favourite book of all time.

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Dark, funny, and narrated perfectly- I only wish more audiobooks matched the content and narration so well. Loved it.

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Deranged and beautiful

I lived this, it's sad and brutal and funny all at once. The author is the perfect voice to narrate this

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Newcastle’s answer to Bateman

A firm favourite read of the year so far.

Dark, hilarious, shocking, and grotesque with an unhinged and thoroughly unlikable protagonist you can’t help but love to hate.

The author’s dry narration suited the character so perfectly and, being from the North of England myself, it was so refreshing to hear a regional accent and really added to the story for me.

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Dark and disturbing but funny

Absolutely loved it. Dark, twisted, funny, the protagonist is like Fleabag but much much worse

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  • 12-08-22

WOW that’s dark

Wonderfully written but man it’s not even suspense it’s just…sad. But wow what a great first book.

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  • 09-08-22

Refreshing

I kept thinking of the parallel between Irena and exploitative photographers like Terry Richardson. How much they get away with. I also love the similarity to Patrick Bateman. Irena openly admits her crimes and its always brushed off.
I briefly studied in the North(I'm from the C'bean) and fell in love with the accent. I throughly enjoyed the author narrating her own work. I can't wait to read more books from Eliza Clark.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-07-22

read!

An absolutely amazing book, Irina is the female version of Patrick Bateman. very self destructive, very narcissistic, but so captivating. the author did an amazing job creating these characters

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  • Gail Riley
  • 11-07-22

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The authors performance was stellar! I’m not quite certain I would have enjoyed the read as much as I did listening to her raw, fast paced story telling…absolutely fabulous!

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  • Taylor Wellman
  • 14-05-22

love this

As somebody who went to art school, this book is scary accurate to a certain kind of artist but made larger and more grotesque. I loved the journey, I loved how terrible our main character is, the whole thing was great!

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  • 10-04-22

I am conflicted

it interesting. at the beginning it funny seeing the main character insult people. it also make sure to make you feel bad for ever liking them.

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  • Alejandra Sanchez
  • 01-04-22

Not everyone’s cup of tea

Intriguing, bizarre, thrilling and obscure. A different take on sexuality and how it is used as a medium to chanel art.

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  • K. McKnight
  • 10-01-22

beautifully written, stunningly preformed

one of the best books i have read in the past 5 years. listen to it!!!

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  • sofia
  • 23-09-21

A modern American psycho but British

As someone who has spent more than a healthy amount of time around narcissists this book does a very good job of peering into the mind of one but also how they can continually hurt the people in their lives but never face any consequences. This was difficult to read if you have experienced narcissistic abuse but really really good and raw. Highly recommend at your own risk

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  • HPenca
  • 12-10-20

Phenomenal. Head over heels for the LOTR obsessed narcissist

I can’t quite articulate how much I enjoyed this book. Am I fully obsessed with Irina? Yes. Does that make me a Flo? Probably...I do enjoy most of Miss Welch’s discography. I usually prefer reading the hard copy of a book but please do yourself a favor and LISTEN to this book!!! The author narrates it herself and by GOD it’s a treat. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed harder during a reading/listening experience. Best book of the year and easily an all time favorite. I'll devour whatever Eliza Clark does next.