November Bookclub: The Teleportation Accident

Friday 1 November 2013 by

November is exciting for several reasons (one of them being Bonfire Night). But even better than that, House of Blog is having its first bookclub!

Thank you to everyone who suggested books (there’s a whole pile of them to keep us going for a while), but this first one was requested by several people (and it’s one I’ve wanted to read for a while) so I couldn’t resist.

The Teleportation Accident, Ned Beauman, Book, Bookclub, Review, SceptreThe Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman

Published by Sceptre


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.



House of Blog’s November Bookclub

If you want to get involved

1. Pick up a copy of The Teleportation Accident


2. Get reading

3. Tell us what you think!

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  1. Carole Holland

    First impressions at 12% through is that the author likes the sound of his own dictionary/voice a lot.

    I genuinely have had to turn to a dictionary more than once to translate stuff…

    • Fran

      I felt that a bit – I’m finding it quite witty though, so can forgive some of it! Not sure how I feel about the protagonist just yet…

      • Carole Holland

        I think we’re meant to think he’s a bit of an egotistical idiot but still have some affection for him.

        I am struggling with the affection part a bit though I must admit. I mostly want to slap him…

  2. Carole Holland

    I have done a 25% through blog post update 🙂

  3. Carole Holland

    I’m sorry – I hated it all apart from three sentences!!


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