Joe is 17, a gifted artist and a brilliant older brother to 12-year-old Finn. They live with their Ma and Da in a Dublin tower block called Bojaxhiu or ‘the Jax’. It’s not an easy place to be a kid, especially when your father, Frank, is the muscle for the notorious gang leader Dessie ‘The Badger’ Murphy. But whether it’s daytrips to the beach or drawing secret sketches, Joe works hard to show Finn life beyond the battered concrete yard below their flat.Joe is determined not to become like his Da. But when Finn falls ill, Joe finds his convictions harder to cling to. With his father now in prison, his mother submerged in her grief, and his relationships with friends and classmates crumbling, Joe has to figure out how to survive without becoming what the world around him expects him to be.
Boys Don’t Cry
‘I can’t remember ever reading anything so moving . . . It’s so beautiful.’ MARIAN KEYES
They say boys don’t cry.
But Finn’s seen his Da do it when he thinks no one’s looking, so that’s not true.
And isn’t it OK to be sad, when bad things happen?
They say boys don’t cry, but you might . . .
‘Unforgettable.’ Donal Ryan
‘Authentic to the bone’ Kit de Waal
It will break your heart in a million different ways.’ Louise O’Neill
‘Powerful and poignant.’ Ruth Hogan
‘Hilarious and heartbreaking.’ Louise Nealon
What readers are saying:
‘Fiona Scarlett is certainly up there with the likes of Roddy Doyle . . . A beautifully written, authentic novel, that will make you both laugh and cry, I just want to recommend this book to everyone.’
‘This is a heartbreaking and very emotional novel that is exquisitely written. FÃ¬ona’s writing style helps to bring such raw emotion to the text that it was impossible to not shed a tear!’
‘I cried so much reading this book . . . A stunning read that I’ll be thinking about for a long time.’
‘There is a lot of humour to balance the heartache . . . All humanity is here, in all its shades, and that’s what stays with you long after you finish reading. A brilliant debut.’
|Dimensions||19.8 × 12.9 × 1.5 cm|
Faber & Faber
Faber & Faber
1st paperback ed
General – Trade / Code: K