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Boy Parts

Eliza Clark

The incendiary first novel from critically-acclaimed author Eliza Clark – ‘an impressive, fiercely current debut’ i

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A Granta Best of Young British Novelist 2023

Irina is in a rut. She obsessively takes explicit photographs of average-looking men she scouts from the streets of Newcastle while her dead-end bar job slips away; she’s more interested in drugs, alcohol, and extreme cinema. When she’s offered an exhibition at a fashionable London gallery which promises to revive her career in the art world, it should feel like an escape. But the news triggers a self-destructive tailspin, drawing in 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 taboos of sexuality and gender roles in the twenty-first century.

‘Smart, stylish, and very funny.’ Lara Williams
‘Boundaries are for breaking and if anyone can crash through and reinterpret the fear of our time, Eliza Clark can.’ MSLEXIA

Critic Reviews

Hallucinogenic, electric and sharp, Boy Parts is a whirlwind exploration of gender, class and power.

Jessica Andrews
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Boy Parts is a carnival funhouse ride: terrifying, feverish, hilarious. Clark has created a wholly original monster and a sickeningly compulsive novel. I absolutely inhaled this book.

Julia Armfield
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An impressive, fiercely current debut... delightful and addictive.

Critic Reviews

Hilariously sardonic . . . Will make most readers howl with laughter and/or shut their eyes in horror.

Critic Reviews

As hilarious as it is grotesque.

Another North
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Explores the darkest corners of artistic practice, sexuality and violence with bold wit and fearlessness. A dazzling, horrifying debut.

Irish Times
What Readers Are Saying
‘A dark, funny, nasty book. Brilliantly written, annoyingly good.’ 5* reader review
‘I am obsessed.’ 5* reader review
‘Both shocking and darkly funny, this razor-sharp debut is unlike anything I’ve read before.’ 5* reader review
‘I loved this, properly loved it!!’ 5* reader review
‘Left me both in awe and totally disturbed. Wow.’ 5* reader review

Eliza Clark is the author of Boy Parts (2020) and Penance (2023). In 2020, Boy Parts was Blackwell’s Fiction book of the year, and in 2022 Eliza was chosen as a finalist for the Women’s Prize Futures Award for writers under thirty-five. In 2023, she was named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. She also writes for film…

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