On a promontory jutting out into the Atlantic wind stands the home run by Brother Benedict, where boys are taught a little of God and a lot of fear. To Michael Lamb,one of the brothers, the regime is without hope, and when he inherits a small legacy he runs away, taking a 12-year-old boy with him.
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"A first novel of integrity and power" ( Times Literary Supplement)
"The alert and feeling realism of MacLaverty's story...had a rare purity of intention and texture... a deeply humane first novel" ( Guardian)
"To deal convincingly with innocence and the impossibility of innocence without being falsely naive...is a special gift, and Bernard MacLaverty displays it with great skill" ( Observer)
"A performance of great assurance and tenderness" ( Spectator)
Two boys running away from a bleak reformatory begin the adventure of a lifetime, escaping despair, experiencing freedom and happiness but also running up against the cruel complexities of everyday life.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140108114