Know Your Booker!: Ned Beauman’s The Teleportation Accident

The_Teleportation_AccidentSo you think you know everything there is to know about Ned Beauman’s Booker nominated novel The Teleportation Accident? Test your knowledge against our GoodReads quiz here!

What’s it about?

The Teleportation Accident is described by the book’s publisher Hodder & Stoughton as follows:

The fantastically inventive, ingenious and hilarious new novel from Ned Beauman, author of the acclaimed and prizewinning Boxer, Beetle.


When you haven’t had sex in a long time, it feels like the worst thing that could ever happen to anyone.

If you’re living in Germany in the 1930s, it probably isn’t.

But that’s no consolation to Egon Loeser, whose carnal misfortunes will push him from the experimental theatres of Berlin to the absinthe bars of Paris to the physics laboratories of Los Angeles, trying all the while to solve two mysteries: whether it was really a deal with Satan that claimed the life of his hero, the great Renaissance stage designer Adriano Lavicini; and why a handsome, clever, charming, modest guy like him can’t, just once in a while, get himself laid.

From the author of the acclaimed Boxer, Beetle comes a historical novel that doesn`t know what year it is; a noir novel that turns all the lights on; a romance novel that arrives drunk to dinner; a science fiction novel that can’t remember what ‘isotope’ means; a stunningly inventive, exceptionally funny, dangerously unsteady and (largely) coherent novel about sex, violence, space, time, and how the best way to deal with history is to ignore it.


Who is Ned Beauman?

According to his official bio on the Hodder & Stoughton website:

Ned Beauman was born in 1985 and lives in London. He has written for Dazed & Confused, AnOther and the Guardian. His debut novel, BOXER, BEETLE was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Desmond Elliot Prize, and won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Fiction Book. Ned Beauman was picked by The Culture Show as one of the 12 Best New British Writers in 2011. His second novel, THE TELEPORTATION ACCIDENT was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012.

What does BookerMarks think of The Teleportation Accident?

Mike (Review): “That is to say that The Teleportation Accident is a complex story. It jumps through time and space, and sometimes bends the rules of both, much like, well, a teleportation device might.

Karli (Review): “The Teleportation Accident is fresh, funny, and smart.  The prose is witty, the storyline is absurd but fitting, and the historical aspects are well-researched and flavorful.  And, it’s possibly the most hilariously quotable books of the year.”

Aaron (Review): “If the Booker judges are truly looking for novels that beg to read multiple times in order to gain more understanding of what’s occurring within the story then this perplexingly brilliant piece of fiction should take the prize hands down.”

What do YOU think of Ned Beauman’s The Teleportation Accident? Sound off below or visit our GoodReads forum to submit your official rating for the book which will be added to our community long list standings!


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