The Butcher Boy

Patrick McCabe

3.83 based on 52 ratings & 9 reviews on Goodreads.com

1992 Nominee

Man Booker Prize

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01 January 2015
9781447275169
256 pages
Synopsis

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.

Brilliant, unique . . . reading fiction will never be the same again

Roddy Doyle

The most astonishing Irish novel for many years, a masterpiece

Sunday Independent