Boxer, Beetle by Ned Beauman
Beauman is a young Cambridge grad who has grabbed alot of attention for this peculiar and hilarious first novel. This is quirky British wit at its best coupled with a pinpoint erudition of all things strange and....well...British. My only complaint is that the novel is far too short to give due diligence to all the strangeness that is going on inside Beauman's head. Eugenics, Nazi memorablilia collecting, secret societies, entymology, boxing, homosexuality, futurism, and the high weirdness of the English gentry of the early twentieth century get the Beauman treatment. His style is brisk, vigorous and intelligent. And he has a wicked sense of humor.