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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007426836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007426836
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 2.8 x 15.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Francis Martin Patrick 'Frankie' Boyle was born in Glasgow in 1972. Most recognised for this regular spot on BBC 2's Mock the Week, Frankie's cruel but perfectly constructed gags on politicians, celebrities and society as a whole have cemented his name in the world of comedy.

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Frankie Boyle is a critically acclaimed comedian and bestselling author. His cruel but perfectly constructed nihilistic gags have made him widely feared and pitied.


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Graham O'Brien on 30 Oct. 2013
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Having read the first two books from Frankie, I was fearful that his third opus Scotland's Jesus would go the way of so many other threequels e.g. Matrix Revolutions, Rambo III, Prisoner of Azkaban and so on. Frankie's use of forbidden knowledge has seen him compared by people such as me to HP Lovecraft and categorically despised by the BBC and for no good reason. Frankie's curiosity to push the proverbial limits of comedy here has left him being "the Outsider', a Lovecraftian theme bestowed upon those who are not asked back to Mock the Week after carrying their show for seven years. Frankie manages to leave the reader with a notion of laughter and also sadness at how terrible and corrupt the world has become. Like Bill Hicks and George Carlin and even HP Lovecraft, we may not have seen the best of what Frankie has to offer yet and unlike everything else in pop culture, true comedic genius is achieved in the autumn years of his life, which this book may have caused this epoch to be in effect.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bearman on 30 Oct. 2013
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I love this book. Such deep, maddening despair interspersed with grim laughter really puts life into perspective. Boyle provides a better summation of modern society in these few chapters than any I've seen. One day we will just be remembered as the people who lived during the oil wars and I hope that this is the only book to survive the inevitable decline of man. Hopefully the ones that come after will find this book and worship a ginger, bespectacled Glaswegian as a morbid deity.
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By Colin Murtagh on 1 Mar. 2014
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Let’s be honest, if you don't realise what this book is going to be like, then you've not been paying attention. This is Frankie Boyle being Frankie Boyle. Not the sanitised version from Mock The Week, but the full bloodied version.
He talks about everything that upsets or interests him. From the nature of comedy, to the takeover of the world by corporations, from Royalty to the Scottish independence, this is him taking the world apart. He's not the left wing comic of the Ben Elton school, I'm not sure he can actually be politically classified like that. He's more like the apolitical scholar. Sitting on high and shooting down his targets his acerbic wit that in turn amuses, shocks or just makes you think. The world could do with more like him
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Having read his other two books I can say that he is certainly consistent, like those, this shares many of the same qualities and to a lesser extent the same flaws too. He is only ever a page or two away from making some hilarious or great points and his intelligence is always present even when he lapses into more tabloid territory. I was laughing aloud for much of what he had to say.

Now that he has given up the stand up game, I'd be very interested to see him fully commit to a book that concentrated even more on some of his great philosophical points, as he really does make some excellent points and just when he is building his theory or argument nicely he takes another turn into something about a celebrity footballer or soap star.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Minton on 19 Oct. 2014
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Boyle's writing seems to have two modes: Mask On, and Mask Off. Mask On mode is stand up mode: Boyle's jokes and routines. Stripped of the delivery, the formula becomes much more apparent. Most of his jokes have a two part structure, first, the set-up: a fact ("The man who voiced the speaking clock has died"); then the pay-off, an interpretation ("I heard he died on the third stroke.") - Boyle's book contains of thousands of jokes that follow this same formula. He's a master at both constructing and telling this type of joke, but in a book the lack of variety becomes too clear.
Mask Off mode, maybe 10-20% of the book, reveals Boyle the concerned citizen: seething, slightly paranoid, hyperbolic, conspiratorial but deeply politically engaged and genuine. The writing becomes less staccato and more variable. Boyle's more genuine and heart-felt views about issues like wars overseas, welfare, and the Westminster elites come to the fore in these sections. As he recognises, however, this more serious writing doesn't have the same kind of pace and energy as his Mask On material.
My hope is that in a few years Boyle's comedy and his more serious writing will blend together better: the Mask will exaggerate rather than simply cover the face. Currently that blending hasn't been realised, and the result, though entertaining, is also uneven and jarring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Mar. 2015
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This book is pure, vicious, demented, misanthropic bile. Yer man has refined the art of hating his fellow creatures to an unprecedented pitch of perfection. Buy it.
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By A. Webb on 24 April 2015
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Frankie Boyle can be devastatingly funny and extremely clever, when he wants to put in the effort. Unfortunately, he spends quite a lot of his time pretending that being offensive (which any fool can do) is actually cutting edge comedy. Don't get me wrong, I'm with Mr Boyle in many ways, detesting injustice, corruption and PC madness. But those worthy targets often suffer by omission, while Boyle takes the easy route an pot-shots away. Those who also can't tell the difference will be delighted. Everyone else may be less thrilled.
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By micky on 11 Jan. 2014
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Scotland's Jesus indeed! This is Frankie doing what he does best, hilarious social commentary which pushes the borders and takes down a few deserving targets along the way. It's a little bit different from his two previous books, but equally as provocative and witty. Like him or loathe him, he has a conscience which most modern comedians are so sorely lacking, and is willing to tackle taboo topics with his own wry style.
Read and re-read this with pleasure and laughter.
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