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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,638 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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3 of 3 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Graham O'Brien on 30 Oct 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chickpea on 30 Oct 2013
Format: Hardcover
Unbeatable spine-tingling, rip-roaring, blow-your-brains-out Gospel. Enthralling wonder-provoking, pleasure-evoking, dance-in-the-moonlight Truth. Ricocheting dunk-your-biscuit-in-your-tea-and-it-doesn't-crumble satisfaction, spellbinding honesty, relatable tragedy; a kilted jig.

All in all, utterly unfunny.
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8 of 10 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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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Arron on 30 Oct 2013
Format: Hardcover
I will admit that I was at first cautious of Boyle's latest release, as anyone who has read his previous works will be all too familiar with the creeping madness that boils within each pages ink. At first I thought that it would be a harmless endeavour, that maybe I could find some solace or even reason in Boyle's insane scribblings that could shed some light on the truth behind his despairingly critical outlook on our universe.

Never before has the truth cost me so much.

Upon first handling the book, I could feel something...wrong stirring behind its cover. Like the day before an illness takes grip of you, I felt light-headed, even nauseous to bear such a tome in my hands. It took a week before I could summon the courage to pry open the book and not fall prey to sickness created by Boyle's haunting stare. I wish I had never gone through with it.

I will admit, the courage gained through simply opening the book allowed a surge of adrenaline to rush through my veins, effectively hijacking my mortal senses and enhancing them so that my efforts to actually read the scriptures were successful. I was rewarded with several pages of vicious musings that resembled what most literary experts would call an "introduction", and a very funny one at that. Despite the raw cruelty behind some of his analogies, I felt a small ray of hope and wonder shine within me. But of course, such triumphs over the inter-dimensional are short lived and to grace the worlds of our cephalopod rulers is often paid with a heavy price.

The text of the book began to morph into otherworldly symbols soon becoming runes inked with the tears of the Myr-Dolphins of Xcylleptop XII, which danced and laughed and cried at my efforts to deduce their meaning.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By blahblah on 4 Nov 2013
Format: Hardcover
I accidentally swallowed this book during a freak accident in a pub whilst doing that 'throw peanut mouth catching' that was common in the eighties. As my molars unknowingly masticated away at the dreaded pulp, I had an overwhelming feeling that I wanted to eat my own arms off. The words were absorbed into my gastrointestinal tract and made their way into my peripheral nerves and capillaries. As the cacophony of words cascaded across my retina I envisioned myself as the epicentre of the inevitable zombie apocalypse. I took myself off to the local multistory car park and ejected myself off the edge in one glorious head first leap in an attempt to halt the catastrophic event. A passing open top prison van full of mattresses and hay happened to be in my line of descent. I torpedoed to my untimely survival and as my digestive organs were catapulted into my hind brain, a local electro magnetic pulse was accidentally discharged into a hydrogen bomb which caused our sun to go supernova and ingest our solar system. Not before I was sucked into an orbiting black hole which divided my time to the Nth power, staining my tortured soul with the heathen words that my gut couldn't contain.
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