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Meantime

On sale

21st July 2022

Price: £14.99

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399801157

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*THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*

‘An enjoyably dark and entertaining tranche of Glasgow noir . . . [A] deft, engaging thriller’ Observer

Glasgow, 2015. When Valium addict Felix McAveety’s best friend Marina is found murdered in the local park, he goes looking for answers to questions that he quickly forgets. In a haze of uppers, hallucinogens, and diazepam, Felix enlists the help of a brilliant but mercurial GP; a bright young trade unionist; a failing screenwriter; semi-celebrity crime novelist Jane Pickford; and his crisis fuelled downstairs neighbour Donnie.

Their investigation sends them on a bewildering expedition that takes in Scottish radical politics, Artificial Intelligence, cults, secret agents, smugglers and vegan record shops.

Meantime is a picaresque detective story set against the backdrop of post-referendum Scotland. Frankie Boyle’s compelling debut novel is a tale of murder and revenge, and of personal and political loss.

‘A darkest noir, unputdownable crime novel that swerves and surprises, with a gut-punch ending. I loved it!’ Denise Mina, author of The Long Drop

‘Reads like a twisted Caledonian take on Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye. Inherent vices and scalpel-sharp jokes vie with a very human concern for those least garlanded in the rat race of life’ Ian Rankin

‘Part whodunnit, part social safari, part extended stand-up monologue . . . the novel is full of scintillating sentences and perfect lines of dialogue’ Sunday Times

‘A surprisingly moving and beautiful journey through one man’s shitshow of a friend’s death / hangover’ Lucy Prebble, executive producer and writer of Succession

Reviews

Sunday Times
Part whodunnit, part social safari, part extended stand-up monologue . . . the novel is full of scintillating sentences and perfect lines of dialogue
John Williams, Mail on Sunday
A fine slice of contemporary noir, full of acute insight into the way we live now
Ian Rankin
Reads like a twisted Caledonian take on Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye. Inherent vices and scalpel-sharp jokes vie with a very human concern for those least garlanded in the rat race of life
Helen Stanton, Forum Books
Just finished this and f*ck me, it's total class!! I'm sure all the expletive swears are coming out for this one - and so they should. Ace
Daily Telegraph
A gloriously funny mystery that bucks the "cosy crime' trend" . . . Peppered with one-liners, it reads Raymond Chandler in Glasgow . . . Boyle regularly deploys the beautifully offbeat imagery that characterises the best of his stand-up
Observer
An enjoyably dark and entertaining tranche of Glasgow noir . . . Imagine Withnail and I stumbling into a Bond movie co-written by William McIlvanney and Mick Herron . . . [A] deft, engaging thriller
Matthew D’ancona, Tortoise
Meantime is a tremendous book: a detective story full of twists and turns that is as beautifully written as it is darkly comic. . . Not surprisingly, Meantime is very, very funny. But it is also a gripping work of stylised crime fiction that marks, I suspect, a new and exciting chapter in Boyle's multi-faceted career
Scotsman
Remarkably moving
Scottish Field
A sharply written, memorable read
Marina Hyde
Starts off the funniest noir - like a Glaswegian Big Lebowski - then takes you somewhere suddenly heartbreaking . . . A debut novel that makes me absolutely INSIST there is more to come
Sun (Scotland)
Meantime flies along, filled with laughs and moments that pull you up sharp
Chortle
Boyle's key strength is in creating such a believable milieu, even when events are exaggerated, underpinned but never derailed by a tongue-in-cheek humour
Independent
Frankie Boyle's fiction debut is genuinely engrossing
Guardian
It's both funny and moving
On Yorkshire Magazine
[Frankie Boyle] has graduated into an extremely fine author with his first novel . . . The book lays bare the various worlds of Glasgow . . . and it slowly becomes that awful word, unputdownable, as the fascinating mixture of violence, drugs and unexpected humour surround the reader
Daily Mail
Boyle's darkly comic debut unfolds amid vivid scenes of the seamy Glasgow underworld, its hard-bitten humour offset by an unexpectedly tender conclusion
Strathspey & Badenoch Herald
Word-perfect dialogue and wild imagination
Denise Mina
A darkest noir, unputdownable crime novel that swerves and surprises, with a gut-punch ending. I loved it!
Daily Express
The gags are so good that the book doesn't outstay its welcome [...] anybody who loves jet-black humour is in for a treat
Lucy Prebble, screenwriter for Succession
A surprisingly moving and beautiful journey through one man's sh*tshow of a friend's death/hangover