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The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe
Macmillan 1993

Told in the first person by Francie Brady, this is a relentless and flawless version of grief and madness. Francie watches the small Irish town he inhabits, makes a number of escapes, and deals with extraordinary experiences as if they were normal events. This is a novel inventing its own world and its own set of rules.
Patrick McCabe was born in County Monaghan.

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