Lamb | Paperback | By Bernard Maclaverty

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  • Lamb
  • Pages: 160 
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Bernard MacLaverty
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication date: 04 May 2003
  • Category: General Fiction
  • Size: 129 x 198 x 9
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Lamb by Bernard MacLaverty


On a promontory jutting out into the Atlantic wind stands the Home run by Brother Benedict, where boys are taught a little of God and a lot of fear. To Michael Lamb, one of the youngest brothers, the regime is without hope, and when he inherits a small legacy he defies his elders and runs away, taking with him a twelve-year-old boy, Owen Kane.

Radio Eireann call it a kidnapping. For Michael the act is the beginning of Owen's salvation. Posing as father and son, they concentrate on discovering the happiness that is so unfamiliar to them both. But as the outside world closes in around them - as time, money and opportunity run out - Michael finds himself moving towards a solution that is as uncompromising as it is inspired by love.


'A first novel of integrity and power.'  Times Literary Supplement

'The alert and feeling realism of MacLaverty's story...had a rare purity of intention and texture... a deeply humane first novel.'  Guardian

'To deal convincingly with innocence and the impossibility of innocence without being falsely a special gift, and Bernard MacLaverty displays it with great skill.' Observer

'A performance of great assurance and tenderness.' Spectator

About the Author

Bernard MacLaverty lives in Glasgow. He has written five previous collections of stories and five novels, including Grace Notes, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and Midwinter Break, the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Novel of the Year. He has written versions of his fiction for other media - radio and television plays, screenplays and libretti.


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