• Boy Parts

  • By: Eliza Clark
  • Narrated by: Eliza Clark
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (272 ratings)

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By: Eliza Clark
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Publisher's Summary

Irina obsessively takes explicit photographs of the average-looking men she persuades to model for her, scouted from the streets of Newcastle. Placed on sabbatical from her dead-end bar job, she is offered an exhibition at a fashionable London gallery, promising to revive her career in the art world and offering an escape from her rut of drugs, alcohol and extreme cinema. 

The news triggers a self-destructive tailspin, centred around Irina's relationship with 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 taboo regions of sexuality and gender roles in the 21st century.

©2020 Eliza Clark (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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A modern American psycho but British

As someone who has spent more than a healthy amount of time around narcissists this book does a very good job of peering into the mind of one but also how they can continually hurt the people in their lives but never face any consequences. This was difficult to read if you have experienced narcissistic abuse but really really good and raw. Highly recommend at your own risk

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Phenomenal. Head over heels for the LOTR obsessed narcissist

I can’t quite articulate how much I enjoyed this book. Am I fully obsessed with Irina? Yes. Does that make me a Flo? Probably...I do enjoy most of Miss Welch’s discography. I usually prefer reading the hard copy of a book but please do yourself a favor and LISTEN to this book!!! The author narrates it herself and by GOD it’s a treat. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed harder during a reading/listening experience. Best book of the year and easily an all time favorite. I'll devour whatever Eliza Clark does next.

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obnoxious

it’s like the House that Jack built acted out by a caricature of an artsy schizophrenic Paris Hilton

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A Fierce Debut that Demands to be Seen AND Heard

I was initially pointed to this by a "feminist rage" Book Tok video, so I wasn't fully sure what to expect when reading it, but the result is far more complex and entertaining than I thought it'd be.

Irina is such a well written and interesting character: a girl who's always straddled the line of disaster (whether intentional or forcefully), who refuses to be taken advantage of the men trying to control her/life. She is violent*, watches grimey films (she owns plenty of video nasties, and other banned films in the U.K.), is a funny asshole to the weaker people in her life, and doesn't know exactly what to make of Eddie, the seemingly first "nice guy" she's been around.

There's a lot of themes going on here, with Clark very much playing with the power dynamic between a photographer and subject, and using that as a metaphor for consent and the dangerous situations men put women in. I think when going into this I expected the female rage to be directed towards men, and while Irina hilariously degrades and demands a higher status than the men she interacts with, the rage is actually directed at the world. It's a frustration pushed to the extreme, for not being seen or heard or valued, and being pushed to the side by everyone saying they know what's best for you without ever bothering to ask.

I was thinking about Alex Garland's "Men" a lot while listening to this. Take that for what it is, but this was far more entertaining. I loved it quite a bit. Its funny and dynamic, and all of the movie name-drops were fun to pick up on (I even added a few to my watchlist). Clark did an AMAZING job with her narration. Irina, Flo, and Eddie all felt so three dimensional and whole. I seriously recommend the audiobook to anyone interested.

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author did great job

I would 100% read more of her works.. if that happens. she watched American Psycho and changed it a bit... this was okkkkkkkkk. not great.. not bad.. I think she did a great job reading her work!!!!!!

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Loved the book- interesting characters, funny and unexpected at times. Wished it were longer. Perfect narration.

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Eliza Clark is a Major Talent

This is the first time I've listened to a book read by the author that I wasn't wondering why they didn't pay a professional. If Eliza Clark wasn't already slated to be a major author she could have a great career as a reader. Boy Parts far exceeded my expectations. I thought it would be a fun, throw away book but was amazed at what turned out to be a well written character study. I don't want to give any spoilers but there comes a point one wonders what is real in the book and what is going on the the main character's mind. Intelligent writing assures this doesn't come across like a hoaky dream sequence. It really works to make for a compelling read. Looking forward to Ms Clark's next book. Sure hope she reads it for Audible.

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WOW that’s dark

Wonderfully written but man it’s not even suspense it’s just…sad. But wow what a great first book.

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Refreshing

I kept thinking of the parallel between Irena and exploitative photographers like Terry Richardson. How much they get away with. I also love the similarity to Patrick Bateman. Irena openly admits her crimes and its always brushed off.
I briefly studied in the North(I'm from the C'bean) and fell in love with the accent. I throughly enjoyed the author narrating her own work. I can't wait to read more books from Eliza Clark.

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read!

An absolutely amazing book, Irina is the female version of Patrick Bateman. very self destructive, very narcissistic, but so captivating. the author did an amazing job creating these characters

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  • Ninaminacat
  • 10-24-20

Dark, gritty, gripping

I noticed this in the fiction category of the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards, otherwise I might not have discovered this novel, but now urge all of you with a dark streak not to risk missing out on a treat!

I can't comment on it as a read, but as a listen it is exceptional. I loved the fact that Eliza Clark was the narrator: who could convey better the emotions and inner confusion of her protagonist, Irina?

For all my enthusiasm, this is probably not a book for everyone; there is swearing throughout and the subject matter involves topics such as extreme sex, rape, violence, abuse, eating disorders and disintegrating mental health. However, if you enjoy in-depth character portrayal and unreliable narrators, with - surprisingly - some laugh-out-loud moments, this may well be the book for you.

I don't want to divulge the plot, but works to which I would compare "Boy Parts" include the novels "Bunny" by Mona Awad Ottessa Moshfegh's superb "Eileen" or perhaps the play "Iphigenia in Splott" by Gary Owen - though the latter is not so dark.

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  • Jay
  • 03-27-21

Fantastic

American Psycho meets Skins in this gripping debut. Loved it. Narrated by the Author ❤️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-21

dry narration, great book

I struggled with the narration at times as could be dry and words hard to hear but it's a great story.

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  • Darren Black
  • 11-12-20

Thoroughly modern Lass

Like a latter day Patrick Bateman, Geordie psycho Irena prowls the streets looking for her next victim - a “female gaze” photographer she exploits her subjects the way men always have their subjects & as the storyline unfolds, we see Irena slowly unravel in front of our eyes - a fantastic & visceral black comedy with a fabulously unlikeable character driving the book. Can’t wait to see what’s next from Eliza Clark!

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  • Isobel
  • 09-07-20

Outstanding

Incredibly dark, dry and funny, I particularly enjoyed the fuzziness of the story - certainty is always dancing out of the grasp of both the protagonist and reader.
In terms of narration, this is one of the best performed books I’ve ever listened to, as the narration is utterly absorbing and absolutely spot on. So much is conveyed through her voice!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-22

Awful narration

Only listened for about an hour, couldn't cope with narration any longer. Don't waste a credit on this

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  • naomi jones
  • 11-26-22

OK but needed more

This one kept popping up on disturbing book recommendations but I felt the story was lacking, while there were the odd moments that were disturbed I found it did not stay with me

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  • Dominic Wilson
  • 11-26-22

Very disappointing

I just feel as though the author has an air of contempt for everyone around her and I don’t resonate with her life/attitude/relationships.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-22

Dark and enjoyable

Really enjoyed this book. Loved the exploration
of gender roles. The narration was brilliant. Definitely interested to read more from Eliza

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  • JYoung
  • 11-16-22

Unusual

Not sure what I expected but it wasn’t this. Unusual. Compelling. Not an easy “read” but worth it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-23-22

wonderfully weird

really enjoyed this. I wasn't sure where it was going at first, but glad I stayed to find out

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-21

One of my favourite books to date

loved the narration, complex characters and relationships and insight into art practice. Completly obsessed with Eliza Clark!