From the Author
'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.'