"I was thinking how right ma was--Mrs Nugent all smiles when she met us and how are you getting on Mrs and young Francis are you both well?...what she was really saying was: Ah hello Mrs Pig how are you and look Philip do you see what's coming now--The Pig Family!"
This is a precisely crafted, often lyrical, portrait of the descent into madness of a young killer in small-town Ireland. Short-listed for the Booker Prize.
Brilliant, unique . . . reading fiction will never be the same again (Roddy Doyle)
The most astonishing Irish novel for many years, a masterpiece (Sunday Independent
The Butcher Boy takes Irish literature to a place it has never been before. Both familiar and extraordinary, it is the most significant novel to emerge from Ireland this decade (Neil Jordan)
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
An intense, disturbing and original novel . . . prose which races yet lets you miss nothing (Alan Sillitoe)
Compelling, unashamedly horrible, memorable and sensitive (Times Literary Supplement
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