The Wrong Boy

The Wrong Boy

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The Dewsbury Desperadoes are on their way to Pontefract for a gig at the Allied Butchers' & Architects' Club. The Girl with the Chestnut Eyes is on her way to somewhere. And Raymond is heading for Gulag Grimshy.

Raymond Marks is a normal boy, from a normal family, in a normal northern town. His dad left home after falling in love with a five-string banjo; his fun-hating grandma believes she should have married Jean-Paul Sartre: '1 could never read his books, but y' could tell from his picture, there was nothing frivolous about John-Paul Sartre.' Felonious Uncle Jason and Appalling Aunty Paula are lusting after the satellite dish; frogs are flattened on Failsworth Boulevard; and Sickening Sonia's being sick in the majestic cathedral of words.

Raymond Marks is a normal boy, from a normal family, in a normal northern town. Until, on the banks of the Rochdale Canal, the Flytrapping craze begins and, for Raymond and his mam, nothing is ever quite so normal again.

In Raymond, prize-winning and internationally acclaimed playwright Willy Russell has created an unforgettable character to rival his Shirley Valentine and educated Rita. The Wrong Boy is his extraordinary first novel.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 36mm | 359.99g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0552996459
  • 9780552996457
  • 244,828

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"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 *
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About Willy Russell

Willy Russell was born in Whiston, near Liverpool, and left school at fifteen. He worked as a ladies' hairdresser for six years, stacked stockings at Bear Brand, cleaned girders at Ford, before getting into writing, first as a songwriter then as a playwright. He is the author of, amongst others, the multi-award-winning plays - later made into films - Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, and the award-winning West End musical hits Blood Brothers and John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert. He and his family live in Liverpool.
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Back cover copy

In The Wrong Boy, Willy Russell tells the unforgettable story of the ultimate outsider.

Raymond Marks is a normal boy, from a normal family, in a normal northern town. Until, on the banks of the Rochdale Canal, one single incident changes his life forever. For Raymond, and for everyone with whom he comes in contact, nothing is ever quite so normal again.

Full of memorable characters and heartstopping moments, The Wrong Boy is one of the funniest, and most moving, novels you will ever read.
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Review Text

"A comic masterpiece."
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Rating details

1,200 ratings
4.15 out of 5 stars
5 44% (524)
4 36% (437)
3 14% (167)
2 4% (50)
1 2% (22)
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