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Boy A Paperback – 29 Apr 2004

4.2 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (29 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852428597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852428594
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creepy and involving... From the beginning, Trigell weaves a sense of drama and a disturbing feeling of inevitability (Independent)

Trigell brilliantly depicts the pressures of living with a terrible secret... written with a naive clarity which evokes the unfamiliar wonders of the outside world (Guardian)

A fine and moving debut novel... Harrowing at times, this compulsively readable novel is more optimistic than it sounds... a rare treat (Independent)

Eerie parallels to the Bulger case abound in this modern day immorality tale about the attempted rehabilitation of a child implicated in murder... delivered with a horrific sense of foreboding (Arena)

A shocker of a first novel... told with extraordinary restraint (New York Times)

Grim reading to be sure, but you turn the final page with real sympathy for a child-killer - which is a frankly amazing achievement from young Mr Trigell (FHM)

A challenging novel of atrocity and redemption... [A] fast-paced, thought provoking read, perhaps all the more significant for the questions it can't answer (Big Issue)

A thought-provoking commentary on human nature... A gripping and disturbing read, Boy A is a carefully cultivated work that challenges readers while also being entirely gripping (Good Book Guide)

Jonathan Trigell's striking debut, Boy A, at times cuts too close, but its that same in-your-face, relentless pursuit of personal salvation that makes it so intriguing. Without sugarcoating its darker side, Boy A lives up to its stark initial promise all the way through to its conclusion (Pages)

Trigell masterfully builds sympathy for Jack (Entertainment Weekly)

The book bristles with issues of personal responsibility, social justice and the reformative value of prison life. It would give reading groups much to ponder over (New Books Mag)

The conclusion of this novel ensures it remains a genuine page-turner to the last (Big Issue in the North)

[A] searing and heartfelt novel... Excellent (Buzz)

A singularly powerful novel... A disturbing yet gripping story that explores both moral and practical questions, as well as the horrific negative repurcussions of media hysteria (Midwest Book Review)

This debut by Trigell is ultra-stylish and just dark enough, dealing with a difficult subject without plastering on the rose-tint. Boy A deserves recognition as a formidable and engrossing read (BookMunch)

Trying to readjust to a society he was never familiar with, the journey winds through the moral undertones of forgoing the bitterness of the past and the dexterity of self reconstruction (Pulp)

This was a fascinating novel and really challenged my perceptions and prejudices (Northwich Mail)

A compelling narrative, a beautifully structured piece of writing, and a thought-provoking novel of ideas. It's a wonderful debut (Manchester Unilife)

From the Publisher

Boy A is the story of a young man, who, convicted of a monstrous childhood crime, is released into society after spending his youth behind bars. Since his real identity must be concealed from the media and the public, he chooses a new name, Jack, from the Big Book of Boys' Names. Boy A is the story both of society's bungled attempt to rehabilitate Jack into everyday life, and of Jack's quest for stability and normality in an alien world.

Pondering nature and nurture, crime and punishment, the media and personal integrity, Boy A is a stunning first novel written with skill and compassion.

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