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The Wrong Boy

Narrated by: Willy Russell
Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

The extraordinary first novel from the internationally acclaimed playwright.

Raymond Marks is a normal boy, from a normal family, in a normal northern town. His dad left home after falling in love with a five-string banjo; his fun-hating gran believes she should have married Jean-Paul Sartre: 'I could never read his books, but y'could tell from his picture, there was nothing frivolous about Jean-Paul Sartre.' Felonious Uncle Jason and Appalling Aunty Paula are lusting after the satellite dish; frogs are flattened on Failsworth Boulevard; and Sickening Sonia's being sick in the majestic cathedral of words.

Raymond Marks is a normal boy, from a normal family, in a normal northern town. Until, on the banks of the Rochdale Canal, the flytrapping craze begins, and, for Raymond and his mam, nothing is ever quite so normal again.

©2000 Willy Russell (P)2000 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Willy Russell doesn't read - he performs. With his Rochdale accent, flattened adolescent intonation, his whispering, jibbering and shouting, he fills the listener's head - and creates Raymond, the real boy. It's a remarkble performance and should be compulsory listening for those hot on tackling crime without trying to understand the causes of crime." (Rachel Redford, The Observer)
"His own dramatic reading is hypnotically compelling. I found scenes from the story still whirling round my head days after I had finished listening to it." (Christina Hardyment, The Independent)

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Bloody Brilliant, Beautiful Book...

An unforgettable character, an emotional rollercoaster packed with laughs and tears (and some lovely alliteration). OK, it might tie it together a little too neatly but I loved it. And Russell's performance is like a one man theatrical production. Unsurprisingly, my fourteen year old son loved it too!

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Draws You In

Wow! Really, really enjoyed. Read by the author and it captures the passion that is there in the writing. Ignore the occasional! swear words, they actually add to the telling. Well worth a listen.

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Excellent

Loved this from start to finish. Brilliantly written story and beautifully told. I had some serious laugh out loud moments with this. Highly recommend this book.

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  • 24-04-17

An Incredible Book & Performance

Would you listen to The Wrong Boy again? Why?

I don't really listen to audio books more than once. If I made an exception, this would be it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Raymond's Grandmother who was guided by an unerring faith in her grandson and had the wisdom, courage and vitriol to stand up for him.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Raymond's Granny confronts Akela (the cub scout leader).

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Wrong time, wrong place, wrong boy.

Any additional comments?

Willy Russell deserves an audio Oscar!

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The Right Boy

An absolutely amazing book - my favourite book ever - brilliantly read by the author Willy Russell!
It honestly doesn't get any better than this!