The Big Yaroo
The Big Yaroo
From the author of The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto.
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Francie Brady is back…
B-format paperback | 250pp | IBSN 9781848407411 | Release date: 5 October 2019
This item will be released on 5 October.
–Did you think I expected you to stay a child forever, Francie?
& I could have leapt twenty feet in the air, the very second I heard her saying that.
As off I went, with a whole new world of wonder, it seemed to me, beginning to open up all over again.
With it leading me to getting out my coloured pencils and starting to draw all these pictures in rainbow colours – and putting little stories from the old days along with them, little memories from a time when it had all made sense.
Francie Brady, the broken Butcher Boy, leads a busy life in Fizzbag Mansions, where he was incarcerated five decades ago after the mistake with Mrs Nugent. Still obsessed with the comic books of his childhood, he has found a new vocation – as a publisher of his very own magazine, The Big Yaroo, and Francie throws himself into its production, working to a deadline in more ways than one. Along the way, he remembers Da, Uncle Alo, Joe Purcell and his beloved Ma, and wrestles a desire to escape his past with the world’s need for him to exorcise his childhood demons. As Francie is drawn even further into the dark world of his own mind, the line between reality and delusion ceases to mean anything. Uproariously funny, terrifying and profound, this is the swansong of one Irish literature’s most enduring characters.