The extraordinary first novel from the internationally acclaimed playwright. 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 Gran believes she should have married Jean-Paul Sartre: 'I could never read his books, but y'could tell from his picture, there was nothing frivolous about Jean-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.
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In The Wrong Boy, Willy Russell, creator of Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita and Blood Brothers, tells the unforgettable story of the ultimate outsider. Welcome to the heart-wrenching, ever-erring world of Raymond Marks, a normal boy from a normal town. Until, that is, in the wake of the Transvestite Nativity Play Scandal, the ill-fated
fly-trapping craze begins -- a craze that involves fifteen boys, a number of flies and an intimate part of the male anatomy -- after which, Raymond's world is never quite the same again.
Full of memorable characters and an utterly engrossing plot, The Wrong Boy is one of the funniest and most moving novels you will ever read.From the Back Cover:
“A comic masterpiece.” -- Mail on Sunday
“A warm, funny, poignant story. I loved The Wrong Boy -- and so will you.” -- Sunday Telegraph
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