The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness

A Memoir of an Adolescence

Graham Caveney

In The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness, Caveney describes growing up as a member of the 'Respectable Working Class'. From aspiring altar boy to Kafka-quoting adolescent, his is the story of a teenage boy's obsession with music, a love affair with books, and how he eventually used them to plot his way out of his home town. But this is also a story of abuse.

For his parents, education was a golden ticket: a way for their son to go to university, to do better than they did, but for Graham, this awakening came with a very significant condition attached. For years Graham's headteacher, a Catholic priest, was his greatest mentor, but he was also his abuser. 

As an adult, Graham Caveney is still struggling to understand what happened to him, and he writes about the experience - all of it - and its painful aftermath with a raw, unflinching honesty. By turns, angry, despairing, insightful, always acutely written and often shockingly funny, The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness is an astonishing memoir, startling in its originality.

Genre: Non-Fiction
ISBN: 9781509830671
Published: 04/05/2017

Graham Caveney

Graham Caveney

Graham Caveney is a freelance writer. He has written on music and fiction for the NMEThe Face and the Independent. He is the author of two previous books, on William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.

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