The Boys Are Back

The Boys Are Back

by Simon Carr
     
 

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"So there we are, a father and two sons in a household without role models, males together in a home different from anything I'd known—an idyllic Lost Boys' world with a house full of children and as few rules as possible."

When Simon Carr's wife Susie lost her battle to cancer, Carr was left to raise his 5-year old son, Alexander, on his

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"So there we are, a father and two sons in a household without role models, males together in a home different from anything I'd known—an idyllic Lost Boys' world with a house full of children and as few rules as possible."

When Simon Carr's wife Susie lost her battle to cancer, Carr was left to raise his 5-year old son, Alexander, on his own. Soon after, Hugo, his 11-year old son from a previous marriage comes to live with them. Now, this motley crew of boys have to learn how to be a family. Along the way, Carr reveals some illuminating truths about parenting and the differences between mothers and fathers. His messy household bears no similarity to the immaculate home his wife kept; his response to mothers on the playground fretting about his son's safety on the handlebars is, "If he falls, at least he'll know not to do it again." Emotionally honest and sharply witty, Carr's story is at once heartbreaking and wonderfully life-affirming.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Carr's brilliantly written account of life as a single parent should become a required manual on parenting." —Sunday Times

"Achingly funny and almost unbearably moving." —Daily Mail

"Compulsive." —Guardian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307476272
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Edition description:
Movie Tie-in Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Simon Carr is a writer and columnist for The Independent. He was described by Tony Blair as "the most vicious sketch writer working in Britain today." In the 1980s he helped launch The Independent, and was a speech writer for the prime minister of New Zealand from 1992 to 1994. His previous books include Sour Gripes and The Gripes of Wrath.

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