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Boy A: Movie Tie-in Edition

Boy A: Movie Tie-in Edition

by Jonathan Trigell
     
 

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“A shocker of a first novel . . . told with extraordinary restraint.”—The New York Times

“[Jonathan] Trigell masterfully builds sympathy for Jack.”—Entertainment Weekly

“A modern-day immorality tale about the attempted rehabilitation of a child implicated in murder . . . delivered with a horrific sense of

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“A shocker of a first novel . . . told with extraordinary restraint.”—The New York Times

“[Jonathan] Trigell masterfully builds sympathy for Jack.”—Entertainment Weekly

“A modern-day immorality tale about the attempted rehabilitation of a child implicated in murder . . . delivered with a horrific sense of foreboding.”—Arena

“A fine and moving debut novel . . . compulsively readable . . . a rare treat.”—The Independent

A is for Apple. A bad apple.

Jack has spent most of his life in juvenile institutions; he’s about to be released with a new name, a new job, and a new life. At twenty-four, he is utterly innocent of the world, yet guilty of a monstrous childhood crime.

To his new friends, he is a good guy with occasional fl ashes of unexplained violence. To his girlfriend, he is strangely innocent and unreachable. To his case worker, he’s a victim of the system and of media-driven hysteria.

And to himself, Jack is on permanent trial: He struggles to start from scratch, forget the past, become someone else.

A searing and heartfelt novel, Boy A won the Waverton Award for best first novel of 2004; the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, for best book in the commonwealth by an author under 35; and The World Book Day Prize 2008 for the most discussion worthy novel by a living writer.

Boy A is now a Cuba Pictures/Channel 4 film starring Andrew Garfield and Peter Mullan. It is directed by John Crowley, produced by Lynn Horsford, and adapted for the screen by Mark O’Rowe. The US theatrical release is out now from The Weinstein Company.

Jonathan Trigell was born in Welwyn, England, in 1974. He has worked as a TV extra, an outdoor pursuits instructor, and a ski rep. He lives in Chamonix, France.

Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
Although it's told with extraordinary restraint, the story of Jack's life unfolds with a gathering horror that invites as much compassion as revulsion and leaves the reader (this one, anyway) in need of air.
— The New York Times
Kirkus Reviews
English newcomer Trigell offers a chilling, heavily moralistic tale tracing the hopes pinned on a juvenile ex-con to make good. Boy A is the legal moniker given to a teenager who was tried, along with another boy labeled Boy B, for the sensational murder of a young girl in his hometown of Luton, England, then given the chance for a new identity after ten years in prison. Boy A, now a young man who chooses the name of Jack Burridge, tries out his secret new identity with the help of a benevolent probation officer, Uncle Terry, who has found Jack a place to stay and a job in a new town. Years of trying to fit into the brutal hierarchy of prisons at Brentwood and Feltham have alienated Jack to the real world, and he eases into his job as a driver's map-reader, befriending his colleagues, who continually tempt him into trouble, drink and drugs, while he begins a relationship with a fast lady at the job who proves his undoing. Jack is a very likable character, nicknamed Bruiser (after a bar brawl), and Trigell follows him by going back in time, using an alphabeticized table of contents ("A Is for Apple," "B Is for Boy"), to the boy's youth, being bullied by other boys, dropping out of school and befriending the ruffian Boy B, the events leading up to the murder of the pretty young Angela Milton. Trigell's mission is to elicit sympathy for Jack, who seems too bewildered and naive to be guilty, and who never feels secure, knowing that he can never fit in. Meanwhile, the news of Boy A's reentry into the world emerges in the papers, and Jack fears being ceaselessly pursued by a society bent on retribution rather than rehabilitation. Trigell wisely eschews the usual kind of unruly vernacular herein favor of an articulate, paternalistic narrator who truly wishes Jack well. A grim narrative, but hard to put down.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846686627
Publisher:
Serpent's Tail Publishing Ltd
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Edition description:
MTI
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
817,300
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.66(d)

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Meet the Author


Jonathan Trigell was born in 1974. In 2002 he completed a MA in creative writing at Manchester University. His first novel, Boy A, has recently been made into a feature film distributed by the Weinstein Company.

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