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Frankie Boyle
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24 May 2012

Brace yourself, Frankie’s back, and he’s more outspoken and brilliantly inappropriate than ever.

There are fears that this year could see the start of a double-dip recession, or worse still a double-dip-with-misery-sprinkles and f**k-where’s-my-job?-sauce. Why not chuckle into the howling void as taloned fingers reach up to consume you with Frankie Boyle’s new book, Work! Consume! Die!

In Work! Consume! Die! stand-up comedy's favourite pessimist, Frankie Boyle, offers his outrageous, laugh-out-loud, cynical rant on life as he knows it. He describes your reality as viewed through a bloodshot eye pressed against a shit-smeared telescope, focused on hell:

• ‘Charlie Sheen’s life consists of going on huge drug benders with groups of porn stars. If he straightened himself out he could have a really mediocre career as a bit-part Hollywood actor. Playing the role of Martin Sheen’s corpse. He’s crazy like a fox! And also actually crazy. What a tragic waste, not being Charlie Sheen is. How majestic it will be for him to die, possibly quite soon, knowing that when they make a movie of his life, it will be a porno.’

• ‘The X Factor will be allowed to show product placements. That’s powerful advertising. Last series I realised that looking at the judges alone had made me subconsciously buy a gnome, a scrag-end of mutton, a vacuous mannequin and a suspected gay.’

• ‘The Taliban are running out of bullets. Operation ‘Get our troops to absorb them with their bodies’ is finally paying off. The Taliban are finding it impossible to get hold of essential supplies – at last we’re fighting on equal terms. But let’s not get complacent. Just because they’re running out of bullets we mustn’t assume our boys won’t get shot. Remember, the US troops have still got plenty.’

A no-holds-barred tour de force of comic writing, Work! Consume! Die! is Frankie Boyle at his brutal, taboo-busting best. This is nothing more or less than the clanging call to arms of a dying mechanical God.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007426798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007426799
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,830 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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‘It’s impossible to imagine any of the glut of festive titles packing in quite so many gags as this… better than the mix of memoir and stand-up of his debut, My Shit Life So Far.’

‘Caustic and clever…delightfully uncontained – there are no areas into which he will not travel’ The Herald

‘Utterly hilarious and ferociously intelligent…he has launched a one man Jihad against apathy and indifference and in the process has managed to outshine most of what is published today.’

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"I got into comedy because I loved watching comedy as a child. I later discovered that's a bit like loving burgers as a child and deciding to become a cow"
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On the fence 28 Dec 2011
Overall a pretty entertaining read, Work! Consume! Die, has three recurring sections:

firstly there are surreal short stories apparently based on the author's life. These are very inventive, satirical, and dark. They generally paint a portrait of the writer as a drug-addled, envious, celebrity-hating sociopath. I'd like to see Frankie Boyle write more short stories based on these samples.

Then there are sections where the Boyle gives seemingly straightforward criticisms of aspects of society, and how people kid themselves.. I find these sections extremely refreshing, both in their honesty, and in their harsh indictment of the consumer based culture we have. Boyle has the gift of being funny even whilst he is preaching from the pulpit. These were my favourite parts of the book, but also, sadly, the shortest.

The majority of the book, and the one that I expect will play to Boyle's largest fanbase, are the long sections of risque jokes about celebrities and politics and so on. Pretty much typical stand up routine stuff, about how fat James Corden is, or how Jordan has fake breasts, just a bit riskier jokes. I understand that parts of W!C!D! are culled from the author's Sun columns. I haven't read these columns, but I am guessing that these are those parts. The gags are pretty funny, and even if you don't like a few, they come so thick and fast, that there's bound to be a funnier one coming up in a few sentences time.

The uneasy feeling that I got from all this was the contradiction between the parts of the book. Frankie Boyle obviously sees himself as the heir to Bill Hicks and Lenny Bruce: a comedian who tells it like it is about our sick, celebrity obsessed culture.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Work of Cynical Comic Genius! 13 Nov 2011
By Greg
A fair account of a man contemplating suicide in an absurd world, but being too sociopathic to get the job done. A great antidote to reality and welcome return from one of the most important comics of his generation!

Frankie lays waste, in typical Frankie Boyle fashion, to the banality of existence through a series of hilarious vignettes on popular culture, politics and world affairs. One gets the sense of Boyle as a latter day Oscar Wilde; had Wilde been straight, foul mouthed, Scottish and a world weary harbinger of a doomed future.

In a culture so marred with demogogues trying to manipulate our worldview, in the most superficial and mundane way possible, Frankie emerges as somewhat of a comic 'Christ' figure or 'Neo'; showing us how far the rabbit hole really goes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My kind of scum. 19 Dec 2011
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If you think the world around you is absurd and just plain wrong, then this nihilistic-existentialist book provides a welcome catharsis to your hellish existence.

Conversely, if you read and enjoy the Daily Mail and write letters to Ofcom, which complain about the profane vernacular of BBC panel shows, then reading this book will make your head explode, whilst simultaneously smashing you through the space-time continuum.

Not every joke lands, but most of them do.

Frankie is one of the funniest comedians in the UK, which is probably why he's not allowed on television any more.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankie is back on song 4 Nov 2011
By nik26
Format:Kindle Edition
This is Boyle's best work in some time. Its been a thoroughly entertaining read so far. His 'everything is fair game' approach Isn't for everyone and he's come in for some stick over the years of course. Its interesting that he does touch on this in the book, many wouldn't have.

As ever he pushes boundaries, this isn't what I'd call a 'family' book, but perhaps it should be as an antidote to the insular, nanny state where caution and risk adversity reign supreme.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as his first book! 23 Feb 2012
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i found myself flicking past pages as some of his long diatribes about reality television just were nto funny

I thought his first book, although different in tone, was a much funnier read than this
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, with random extreme offensiveness 22 Feb 2012
If you've seen Frankie Boyle in action you know the kind of thing, a razor wit with nothing off limits. He certainly puts it out there in the intro, almost like he's drawing a line in the sand, "I refuse to play safe and be commercial".
I often find those bits too much, and feel that he sometimes uses the 'I can't believe he wrote that' reaction as an easy laugh. Though he does say he believes that laughing about things takes the sting out of them, cuts them down to size. And then, later, much to his credit, wonders whether laughing about something is a cowardly way to avoid doing something about it, so that we should only joke about things we can't change. Like... disabilities. That's our Frankie.
And when he's being genuine like that you gotta love him. He often seems to end chapters on a passionate note. Not as downbeat as the title might suggest, nor as flippant.
A lot of the names he mentions in his rants on popular culture are unfamiliar to me. I guess he doesn't have much of a following outside the UK, so he didn't have Australia (for instance) much in mind. I found it pretty funny even without knowing the people, though I did eventually skim just a little bit. I may have given it more than four stars if I were British.
There's also an interesting idea (i.e. I don't think I got it) for a TV show woven into the start of some of the chapters, a surreal kind of parable and some day-to-day Frankie snippets. All very readable.
Frankie, why do you hide behind the yucky stuff? Let us love you!
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Published 1 month ago by mrs n c blair
1.0 out of 5 stars Tripe
By far the most brainless, pointless pile of leftie drivel I have ever read. Boyle's 'wisdom' is probably epitomised by his virulent condemnation of the fact that Ricky Gervais, in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by F. O'Keeffe
3.0 out of 5 stars A let down
Not what I was expecting to be honest!
Published 3 months ago by Mr s griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars some of it is in his stage act obviously but this is still a fun laugh...
Buy it and enjoy. Cant reccomend enough. If yer likes yer frankie yer will love buy buy it now.
Published 5 months ago by Mr spageti
5.0 out of 5 stars Bit like marmite
If you are a fan of Frankie Boyle then you know what to expect, he will be offensive, acerbic and so close to the knuckle that it will make you wince. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carol Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Crazy man
I think its the strangest book I've read in a while. But, lets be honest if you are going to read this you are already a fan of Frankie and can handle the abuse he throws at... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
eye opening view of the world. must have for any frankie fun. got all 3 together well worth the money. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dean Brickland
3.0 out of 5 stars Book
I orders this thinking it was a DVD but wasn't a problem my son likes reading so it will do for him as he likes him as well
Published 10 months ago by Tilly
2.0 out of 5 stars Frankie Boyle......this is pretentious rubbish
Don't get me wrong.
I love Frankie Boyle on his early DVD's and Mock the Week before the BBC had enough of his cutting edge comedy, invariably at the expense of fellow... Read more
Published 11 months ago by BobM
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this book, as long as your not easily offended.
It's exactly what you expect when you read this book from Frankie Boyle, witty, satirical, shockingly mad but immensely amazing! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dai
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