The Butcher Boy

Picador Classic

Patrick McCabe

With an introduction by Ross Raisin

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, 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.

Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781447275169
Published: 01/01/2015

Patrick McCabe

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 Sligo with his wife and two daughters.

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