Related Recommendations: Boxer Beetle

Whether you've read Boxer Beetle or not, our podcast guests think you will enjoy these titles, their choices of related recommendations. Read their comments below, and tell us what you think too.

Peggy Hughes' picks

Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky by Patrick HamiltonTwenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky by Patrick Hamilton

Three big stories in one fat tome, Hamilton’s semi-autobiographical trilogy is a treat for anyone wishing to follow through on Beauman’s evocation of inter-war London, a gin-soaked union of unrequited love and desperation in one big poetic swoop.



Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom AuslanderHope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander

I haven’t read it yet, but a post-podcast conversation about Boxer, Beetle with a pal resulted in this recommendation. In Hope: A Tragedy, protagonist Solomon Kugel finds history, thought long dead, alive in his attic. Said to be a ‘hilarious and haunting examination of the burdens and abuse of history’, it’s next on my list, the ideal complement to Beauman’s irreverent debut.


Duncan Wright's picks

Fatherland by Robert HarrisFatherland by Robert Harris

Like Beauman, Harris also tackles the thorny issue of Nazism but puts his own twist on the past by setting the book in an alternative world where Hitler won the Second World War. Full of intrigue, mystery and suspense it's a chilling alternative reality.


Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre


Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre

Another debut novel which fits into the ‘quirky’ style of Boxer, Beetle. Full of comic writing, dark humour and like Fishy, Vernon is a somewhat unlikely hero.




Paul Gallagher's pick

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael ChabonThe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

This is one of the books that Beauman has acknowledged as a strong influence on the writing of Boxer Beetle, and that's reason enough for me to give it a mention here. Chabon's Pulitzer prize-winner is a wonderful piece of large-scale storytelling; a thrilling recreation of Second World War-era New York that follows the lives of two young Jewish boys of the title as they create The Escapist, a comic-book hero powerful enough to defeat the tyranny of Hitler.