Find your perfect holiday reading
A Boy's Own Story - Picador Classic (Paperback)
  • A Boy's Own Story - Picador Classic (Paperback)
zoom

A Boy's Own Story - Picador Classic (Paperback)

(author)
1 Review Sign in to write a review
£9.99
Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 16/06/2016
  • In stock online

Usually dispatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

It was his power that stupefied me and made me regard my knowledge as nothing more than hired cleverness he might choose to show off at a dinner party.

A Boy's Own Story traces an unnamed narrator's coming-of-age during the 1950s. Beset by aloof parents, a cruel sister, and relentless mocking from his peers, the boy struggles with his sexuality, seeking consolation in art and literature, and in his own fantastic imagination as he fills his head with romantic expectations. The result is a book of exquisite poignancy and humour that moves towards a conclusion which will allow the boy to leave behind his childhood forever.

Originally published in 1982 as the first of Edmund White's trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy's Own Story became an instant classic for its pioneering portrayal of homosexuality. Lyrical and powerfully evocative, this is an American literary treasure.

'Edmund White has crossed The Catcher in the Rye with De Profundis, J. D. Salinger with Oscar Wilde, to create an extraordinary novel' - The New York Times

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509813865
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 230 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'The boy's self-portrait shines with authenticity, he is an extraordinary but plausible mixture of sweetness and deviousness... White's prose is marvellously sensual while his eye is sharply satiric... outstanding' - The Guardian

You may also be interested in...

Agent Running in the Field
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Never Greener
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
When All is Said
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
Added to basket
Conversations with Friends
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Middle England
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Unsheltered
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Transcription
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Good Omens
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Clock Dance
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Handmaid's Tale
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Clockmaker's Daughter
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Normal People
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
In a House of Lies
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Added to basket
I Owe You One
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback

“A story about coming of age and coming to terms”

A powerful story that reminds us how far we have come. Any gay man born pre millennium can probably relate to the protagonists sense of shame and self loathing, can probably identify with the back alley dalliances and... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 1

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.