Patrick McCabe was born in Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland in 1955. He is the author of the children's story The Adventures of Shay Mouse, and the novels Music on Clinton Street, Carn, The Butcher Boy (winner of the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literature Prize and shortlisted for the 1992 Booker Prize), The Dead School , Breakfast on Pluto (shortlisted for the 1998 Booker Prize), Mondo Desperando, Emerald Germs of Ireland and Call Me The Breeze. He lives in Monaghan.
Patrick McCabe's The Butcher Boy is about a small-town rascal by the name of Francie Brady who spends his days turning a blind eye to the troubles at home and getting into mischief with his best friend Joe. But after a disagreement with his neighbour Mrs Nugent over her son’s missing co...