Book about Talk Radio/the Human Zoo/Tommy Boyd

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Book about Talk Radio/the Human Zoo/Tommy Boyd

Postby Creature » Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:08 pm

Hi guys, I published a novel about the Human Zoo/Talk Radio.

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Here's the synopsis:

"Samuel sat on the toilet and began interviewing himself."

A teenage boy is in love with a girl and the radio. Set in England during the 1990s, the novel tells a story about dealing with adolescence and life, including the 'lunatic fringe' and 'lonely, upset, frightened and confused people' who call up radio stations around the country.

The calls detailed in the novel are based on real calls to radio stations the author heard.

‘To the Asylum' refers to the reply Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of radio, received from the Italian government, upon the request for funding his experiments into radio transmissions


Here's an extract:

Samuel was in the habit of listening to the radio in bed too. One evening, a one-line regular caller managed to get through to the switchboard about eleven. Samuel had just got under the duvet. He was lying on his stomach, elbows propping up his torso, earphones in. The presenter, Mark Williams, said into the mic, “Good evening caller, what’s on your mind?”
It happened so fast. It’s not easy to dissect this. The Big Bang was slower. The Big Bang dilly-dallied. But it felt as if this call, on this particular night, providence had pre-determined it. From that very first phase fourteen billion years ago, as space-time expanded, the first particles emerged, the quark-gluon plasma cooled, the emergence of large structures, stars, galaxies, superclusters, the cosmic-evolution, the Ur supercontinent, Pangea, the ancestral gene pool, Coronacollina, the Paleocene epoch, humankind, the pyramids, Excalibur, Genghis Khan, Columbus, Shakespeare, Halley’s comet, David Schwimmer, karaoke – it all led up to this moment, this moment in time, as the universe was collapsing in on itself, as the Sun was slowly expanding, as weather patterns caused environmentalists to panic...at this moment in time, the caller uttered:

Can I pleasure your wife?

The caller hung up. Silence followed. And the silence was long.


Here's a review:

A surreal '' Jonathan Coe ,Rotters Club '' style journey of schoolboy adolescence intertwined with the growing up in the background of a love and fascination into the weird , wonderful but sometimes disturbing world of 1990's UK Talk Radio stations...the pure essence of the Human Zoo lives on in the pages of this book.A must read for all fans of '' conversational '' Talk Radio.

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Gorgeous and funny

There are some disturbing people out there calling radio stations. This is the backdrop to a story about a teenage crush and dealing with the trials and tribulations of school.

Anyone brought up in the 90s will appreciate this world of cassette tapes, Spice Girls and New Labour, with a sense of humor quintessentially English.


Here is where you can buy it. There's a Kindle version for 99p:



Duncan Barkes kindly helped and I sent him a copy, which he said he'd pass onto Tommy.

Thanks for any support. Peace.
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Re: Book about the Human Zoo/Tommy Boyd

Postby delboy1983 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:20 pm

Blatant advertising :!:
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Re: Book about the Human Zoo/Tommy Boyd

Postby Basualdo » Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:56 pm

"Samuel sat on the toilet and began interviewing himself."


A new TF euphemism!

"Are you alright up there, Barry, youve been in that bog an awful long time?"
"Dont worry, love I'm just interviewing my nuts flat."
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Pay it more respect. Gusts are deadly."

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Re: Book about the Human Zoo/Tommy Boyd

Postby Carlos J » Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:48 pm

Looks interesting though was never a fan of Boyd/Human Zoo.
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Re: Book about the Human Zoo/Tommy Boyd

Postby Lou Grant » Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:55 pm

delboy1983 wrote:Blatant advertising :!:

No, a plug for something that genuinely looks interesting and would be of interest to those who have been around this forum from the start, back when stuff like The Human Zoo was a key reason for this place existing.
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Re: Book about the Human Zoo/Tommy Boyd

Postby delboy1983 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:16 pm

Chris Twaddle!!
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Re: Book about the Human Zoo/Tommy Boyd

Postby Creature » Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:25 pm

Lou Grant wrote:
delboy1983 wrote:Blatant advertising :!:

No, a plug for something that genuinely looks interesting and would be of interest to those who have been around this forum from the start, back when stuff like The Human Zoo was a key reason for this place existing.


Hey Lou, that's why I put it on here. I used to post on here years ago as Creatureofthenight, but couldn't access my old account! Cheers for your kind words.

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Re: Book about the Human Zoo/Tommy Boyd

Postby mark » Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:19 pm

delboy1983 wrote:Blatant advertising :!:

And quite blatantly ok on here!! :D

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Re: Book about the Human Zoo/Tommy Boyd

Postby delboy1983 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:30 pm

mark wrote:
delboy1983 wrote:Blatant advertising :!:

And quite blatantly ok on here!! :D

Testing :P
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Re: Book about the Human Zoo/Tommy Boyd

Postby carcinogen » Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:59 pm

Self-published?
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Re: Book about the Human Zoo/Tommy Boyd

Postby Creature » Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:34 am

carcinogen wrote:Self-published?


With the help of Createspace Independent Publishing.

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Postby Lord Notin Kwestion » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:25 pm

Creature wrote:
carcinogen wrote:Self-published?


With the help of Createspace Independent Publishing.


Self published.
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Re: Book about Talk Radio/the Human Zoo/Tommy Boyd

Postby KeithArthur » Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:59 pm

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Re: Book about the Human Zoo/Tommy Boyd

Postby carcinogen » Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:20 am

Creature wrote:
carcinogen wrote:Self-published?


With the help of Createspace Independent Publishing.


Cool. What was the editing process like?
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Re: Book about Talk Radio/the Human Zoo/Tommy Boyd

Postby Debut » Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:09 am

This sounds great thanks

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