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Girls Like Funny Boys: A Dark Brisbane Tale Kindle Edition

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"Girls Like Funny Boys wasn't what I expected - and that's simply not fair as Dave Franklin's not meant to be writing to a formula. But I really didn't expect to find this as engaging, as involving and quite as emotional as I did. I loved Johnny, rode the waves of his life every step of the way. I laughed out loud at points in this book, and found myself sniffing back tears at others... Most of all I just loved this book." - Australian Crime Fiction

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Set over more than twenty years, Girls Like Funny Boys charts the turbulent adolescence of wannabe comedian Johnny Goodwin through to his troubled modern day fame.

'Johnny's an immature boy who grows into an immature, bitter and guilt-ridden comedian,' Dave Franklin said. 'I was fascinated by the idea of a stand-up who's never seen to be funny, either on or off stage - he's only funny in the sense he's a bit strange.
'He tries to purify himself through his art, desperate to create something that will live and make up for his real-life failings but, of course, the harder he tries the less amusing he becomes.'

Despite its innocuous title and occasional over the top characters, the novel is best viewed as a black comedy that contains a fair chunk of the author's meanest writing.

'Girls Like Funny Boys taps into school life and the way so much of our personality is formed during the awfulness of adolescence. You simply can't forget the people you went through school with, while teenage mistakes can haunt you for decades afterwards. No one ever really leaves school.'

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  • File Size: 2218 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Baby Ice Dog Press (January 5, 2010)
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EEOP72
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,650,037 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Wales, Dave Franklin published his first story in a national fishing magazine at the age of sixteen. He emigrated to Australia in 1999 and made his living as a reporter, earning the distinction of being sacked twice by the same Perth-based newspaper group. He then spent nearly three years teaching English in Korea, during which the mortality rate of the children under his care remained at an impressive zero. He now teaches ESL to adults in Brisbane, helping (among others) Thai Lady Boys get to grips with their past participles.

The major theme of Dave's small, character-driven stories is alienation, the symptoms of which include male immaturity, misogyny, dysfunction, xenophobia, violence, self-destruction and a childish glee in winding up the politically correct. There are no car chases or explosions in his books; instead he prefers outlandish sex scenes while focusing on exasperated loners full of doubt.

People who like his work tend to see its humour (and disdain for his own characters) whereas his harshest critics take everything at face value. Indeed, some observers would argue that the highlight of his writing career, which has seen him produce ten books, remains being published in a fishing magazine.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve SaDiablo on November 22, 2013
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A strange, moving tale. Even though Johnny, the main character, isn't really likeable, I still found myself sympathizing with him. There's not much else I can say without giving away the plot, but I can't imagine anyone not liking this story; it's got a little bit of everything in it. Sex, drugs, celebrities, humor, psychology, extortion, murder, all in a well_written little package.
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