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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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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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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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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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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.