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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Legend Press (2 May 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785079557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785079559
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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...Book of the Year! --Clio Gray

An astonishing tour de force! --The Daily Mail

An extraordinarily raw and powerful debut which will stay with me for a very, very long time. Lyn Farrell is the most talented writer to burst into British fiction this year. --Annabel Abbs

About the Author

Lyn G. Farrell is the winner of the 2015 Luke Bitmead Burary and The Wacky Man is her debut novel. Lyn grew up in Lancashire where she would have gone to school if life had been different. She spent most of her teenage years reading anything she could get her hands on. She studied Psychology at the University of Leeds and now works in the School of Education at Leeds Beckett University.


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Authentic, Raw, Brutal, Stunning, Visceral, Potent, Consuming, Ardent, Perceptive, Memorable, Lucid, Haunting, Sensitive, Intense, Disturbing, Harrowing, Gripping, Savage and Real. Wow! Wow! Wow!

This is the best literary fiction I have ever read. I cannot wait for more from this incredibly talented author.

This book will change you.
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Gritty, honest and heartbreaking, this seems like a deeply personal account. It's well told.
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I’ve seen The Wacky Man reviewed on a couple of my favourite blogs and I immediately added it to my wishlist. I was therefore thrilled when the publisher got in touch to offer me the chance to review this book for the blog tour.

The Wacky Man is a very powerful and moving novel. It’s an unflinching look at how childhood abuse, and abuse within a marriage, causes such damage – not just physical damage but the emotional impact. It shows how even once the bruises have healed and the perpetrator of the violence is no longer in the home, that the devastation remains for such a long time. It causes breakdowns between the victims because although each person lived through it, they all got broken in a different way and it can become impossible to put things back together.

I found some aspects of this book very difficult to read, some parts because there are small echoes of experiences in my own life and some parts because it was just so harrowing to read. At no point did I want to stop reading though as the novel just pulls you right in and doesn’t let you go. I wanted to know if Amanda was going to be ok, and was desperately hoping she would be. I have such a vivid image of her in my mind, she feels like a real person to me as she was so well written and this makes the novel feel all the more devastating.

Lyn G. Farrell’s writing style is incredible – to write about such harrowing things and yet make it so compelling, and at times, really quite beautiful is a rare talent. I can absolutely say that this is a book that will stay with me for a very long time to come, and I feel sure it will be in my top books of this year.

I rated this book 5 out of 5 and highly recommend it.

I received a copy of this book from Legend Press in exchange for an honest review.
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The Wacky Man is quite a heart breaking and emotional read.

Amanda has serious issues with her mental health. She has seen numerous shrinks that make her go back and recall incidents in her life that have made her into the person she is at the tender age of fifteen.

I have to say my heart really went out to Amanda as well as her mum and brothers. Unfortunately the years of physical and mental abuse from the husband/father have taken it’s toll on all the family and has affected them all in different ways. I think the two boys found it the easiest to deal with and left home as soon as they could but for Amanda and her mum they have taken more of the brunt and are the worst affected.

All Amanda wants is a loving home and to feel the love of her parents. Unfortunately as her home life is very far from perfect she has her own way of dealing with things like hitting herself and pulling her hair out. As a parent I was appalled at the way Amanda’s father treated them all and was annoyed at Barbara, Amanda’s mother, for not standing up to him and letting things get so bad.

The beginning of the story really intrigued me though I have to admit I did lose my way a bit in the middle and struggled to see where the story was going but by the end I totally got it and it hit me like a ton of bricks.

The Wacky Man gives an insight in how a child tries to cope with years of being mistreat and living in a loveless home. Overall it is a powerful and hard hitting story that by the end proved to be an emotional read. It will certainly, as a parent, make you sit back and realise how your actions can have a huge impact on your child and make you want to give them an extra tight hug.

Many thanks to Legend Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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The book that sent my emotions into overdrive…..

The Wacky Man by Lyn G Farrell

Published by Legend Press May 2016, following on from Lyn achieving the 2015 Luke Bitmead Bursary, The Wacky Man is described as a ‘Raw, unflinching debut novel that journeys through one girl’s abusive upbringing and the catastrophic effects this can have’

This is a very, very special novel…..read on for my very emotional thoughts....

Amanda May, fifteen years of age, is the victim of terrible domestic abuse. Born out of a loveless marriage, Amanda’s story is one that made my heart bleed.

Seamus and Barbara, her parents, were the product of two very different backgrounds. Seamus, an Irish emigrant, works hard and is quite popular among his peers. He attracts the eye of Barbara, a young polite English girl. They date, Seamus drinks too much and too late Barbara realises the type of man she is with. Forced into a marriage against her wishes, Barbara makes do with Seamus’ drunken lovemaking ‘pawing at her in the dark‘ and general angry demeanor. She learns to sidestep him when necessary. She learns to survive……until….

Twins, Jamie and Tommo arrive and Barbara finds herself not able to cope. With what is thought to be postnatal depression, Barbara is medicated. Unable to communicate properly as the medication ‘has poked holes in her memory’…she has thoughts ‘about intent and damage but no matter how much she tries to hold on to them, they fall through her sieve-like brain and land in a dark heap God knows where.’

Barbara and the boys begin to judge Seamus’ moods

‘Now the boys tiptoe around at home, unsure of Seamus who blows hot and cold with them, play-fighting one minute, snarling the next.
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