The Butcher Boy

Picador Classic

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With an introduction by Ross Raisin

A modern classic of Irish fiction, shortlisted for the 1992 Booker prize.

When I was a young lad twenty or thirty or forty years ago I lived in a small town where they were all after me on account of what I done on Mrs Nugent.

Francie Brady is a small-town rascal who spends his days turning a blind eye to the troubles at home and getting up to mischief with his best friend Joe - hiding in the chicken-house, shouting abuse at fish in the local stream. But after a disagreement with his neighbour Mrs Nugent over her son's missing comic books, Francie's reckless streak spirals out of control and gives rise to a monstrous obsession . . .

Fearless, shocking and blackly funny, Patrick McCabe's The Butcher Boy won the 1992 Irish Times Literature Prize and was shortlisted for the 1992 Booker Prize. It is a modern classic of Irish fiction, a portrait of the insidious violence latent in small town life and of a frenzied young man lashing out at everyone, even himself.

The most astonishing Irish novel for many years, a masterpiece
Sunday Independent
An insidious, funny, breathtakingly horrific novel set in small-town Ireland, switching from mischief to madness as an adolescent obsession turns Dennis the Menace into Jack the Ripper
Observer
Compelling, unashamedly horrible, memorable and sensitive
Times Literary Supplement

About Patrick McCabe

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.

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Books by Patrick McCabe

Carn
Carn
Mondo Desperado
Mondo Desperado
The Dead School
The Dead School
Breakfast on Pluto
Breakfast on Pluto
Emerald Germs of Ireland
Emerald Germs of Ireland

Books in the Series

The Hiding Place
The Hiding Place
A Sport and a Pastime
A Sport and a Pastime
The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor
The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor
Bridget Jones's Diary
Bridget Jones's Diary
The Psalm Killer
The Psalm Killer
A Boy's Own Story
A Boy's Own Story
The Patrick Melrose Novels
The Patrick Melrose Novels
The Genius of Shakespeare
The Genius of Shakespeare
Trumpet
Trumpet
The Liars' Club
The Liars' Club
With Nails
With Nails
Quartet in Autumn
Quartet in Autumn
The Little Prince
The Little Prince
The Emperor's Children
The Emperor's Children
Quarantine
Quarantine
My Year Off
My Year Off
If The Spirit Moves You
If The Spirit Moves You
The Drowned Book
The Drowned Book
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
Dispatches
Dispatches
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Four Letters Of Love
Four Letters Of Love
Once in a House on Fire
Once in a House on Fire
The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones
The Woman Warrior
The Woman Warrior
Cloudstreet
Cloudstreet
Essays In Love
Essays In Love
Scottsboro
Scottsboro
The Debt To Pleasure
The Debt To Pleasure
The Piano Tuner
The Piano Tuner
The Snow Geese
The Snow Geese
Unreliable Memoirs
Unreliable Memoirs
The South
The South
The Book of Evidence
The Book of Evidence