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Joe is 17, a gifted artist and a brilliant older brother to 12-year-old Finn. They live with their Ma and Da in a Dublin tower block called Bojaxhiu, or 'the Jax'. It's not an easy place to be a kid, especially when your father, Frank, is the muscle for the notorious gang leader Dessie 'The Badger' Murphy. But whether it's daytrips to the beach or drawing secret sketches, Joe works hard to show Finn life beyond the battered concrete yard below their flat.

Joe is determined not to become like his Da. But when Finn falls ill, Joe finds his convictions harder to cling to. With his father now in prison, his mother submerged in her grief and his relationships with friends and classmates crumbling, Joe has to figure out how to survive without becoming what the world around him expects him to be.

©2021 Fíona Scarlett (P)2021 Faber Audio

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Excellent story

Loved it and finished it in one session. I was out gardening and this book brought smiles and tears throughout the story. I would highly recommend it and hats off to Ronan Raftery he made this story so so realistic.

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Emotional poetry

Absolutely loved this book. What a debut. Engaging and great characters. The audio version is so well read, nailed every gripping scene.

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heartbreaking, beautiful

this story is so beautiful , the narration is perfect, I'll miss those boys

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Memorable

Memorable story with a voice like roddy Doyle early work. Perfect narrator to switch between the two brothers

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Wow

Oh my word, what a novel. I’m lost for words - it’s THAT good. This girl cried.

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Wonderful

Thoroughly enjoyed it. It's up there with the tragic and brutal Harvesting by Lisa Harding if you loved this!! I did

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Lose yourself to Finn and Joe.

I didn't want this love story to end. Love, fear, grief but also joy and hope.

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Superb narration of a very well crafted story.

I'm glad I went into this blind based on the recommendation of a local bookshop owner. (yes I'm an audio-consumer but support book shops any other way I can)
The characters in this book are incredibly developed for a short story.

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  • 30-04-21

Really enjoyed this

Emotional book. Really enjoyed and finished in a day. Narration was also great. Cried more than once. Well done Fíona