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The Wrong Boy is the debut novel of Liverpudlian playwright Willy Russell, famed for his plays-turned-films Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, and the West End musical stalwart Blood Brothers. Both Rita and Valentine were star-making roles and if (and when) The Wrong Boy makes it to the screen, the main character Raymond is likely to have the same effect on one lucky young actor.
Teenager Raymond Marks has not had a charmed life. His profligate, instrument-loving father made an early exit, leaving him with a struggling mother and doting Sartre-fan grandmother. Fifteen minutes of potential glory when he saved a boy from drowning are cruelly compromised when it's discovered that the boys were near the canal indulging in what they called "flytrapping", and Raymond becomes "the precocious pervert, the evil influence, the filthy little beast". Eventually packed off to "Gulag Grimsby" at the suggestion of his despised Uncle Jason, Raymond pours out his life's woes in a series of missives to his idol, one-time Smiths' star Morrissey.
Writing his letters with improbable speed, Raymond is ingratiating, unstoppable and superbly miserable, as befits a Morrissey devotee--and lucky enough to be surrounded by a bevy of gift-wrapped Northern character parts. Russell's genius is to take situations and characters that are firmly placed in the banally familiar--and then push them to their comic limits. In The Wrong Boy those limits are tested to the full. --Alan Stewart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A big-hearted, wonderfully funny and engrossing saga." (The Mirror)
"Unusual, funny, unsettling and rich with sadness." (The Times)
"A warm, funny, poignant story. I loved The Wrong Boy - and so will you." (Sunday Telegraph)
"A comic masterpiece." (Bel Mooney Mail on Sunday)
"Willy Russell's triumph is to have created an unforgettable character, both unique and an Everyman." (Mail on Sunday)
I am currently reading this book for a second time and enjoying it equally as much as the first. Bewilderment is my primary emotion as to why Willy Russell hasn't written more... Read morePublished 12 days ago by John Eames
I finished the book in 4 days, despite it being over 400 pages long. I was hooked from start to finish. It's a must have for Morrissey fans.Published 1 month ago by Megan Hanson
Good fun, it will keep you away from your worries while reading it. Good to have it if you like Morrissey!Published 5 months ago by Sheila
Brilliantly written witty sad and completely unpredictable lots of depth and the story telling is addictive best read for ages .Published 6 months ago by andie
Willy Russell is one of my favourite writers - and a personal hero of mine. I thought this book was magnificent as all his other works. GREAT, unputdownable read. More please!Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer