Thursday, July 03, 2014

Boy Kills Man - 10th Anniversary edition

The Tenth Anniversary edition of Boy Kills Man is published in the UK today by Hot Key Books.

Bold, chilling and beautifully written . . . it really left an ache behind. Melvin Burgess 

Stunning... all that is left is a feeling of sadness and loss. A fine achievement.  The Independent 

A powerful, affecting novel about lost youth, and a sharp evocation of one boy's terrible passage from innocence to experience . . . a book we could all do with reading. The Guardian  

If, as the novel's opening sentence informs us, 'nothing is more unsettling in this world than a kid with a gun', then it must be conceded that Whyman presents, with a vision that at times is almost frightening in its focus, a narrative which demonstrates precisely how unsettling such a spectacle is. This is a tough, uncompromising - and very impressive - piece of writing.The Irish Times 

Excellent . .Sonny is a bit like Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas. It's a shock to realise that his relationship with Beatriz, the girl he might have loved, has been nothing more than a few shy words The Daily Telegraph 

Recently, I wrote for The Guardian about the place and role of uncompromising YA novels. The piece reflects on the novel's initial reception when first published in 2004.

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