The Wrong Boy (2020)

The Wrong Boy Willy Russell The Wrong Boy The Dewsbury Desperadoes are on their way to Pontefract for a gig at the Allied Butchers Architects Club The Girl with the Chestnut Eyes is on her way to somewhere And Raymond is heading for Gulag Gri
  • Title: The Wrong Boy
  • Author: Willy Russell
  • ISBN: 9780552996457
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Paperback
The Wrong Boy Willy Russell The Dewsbury Desperadoes are on their way to Pontefract for a gig at the Allied Butchers Architects Club The Girl with the Chestnut Eyes is on her way to somewhere And Raymond is heading for Gulag Grimshy.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 hatingThe Dewsbury Desperadoes are on their way to Pontefract for a gig at the Allied Butchers Architects Club The Girl with the Chestnut Eyes is on her way to somewhere And Raymond is heading for Gulag Grimshy.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 grandma believes she should have married Jean Paul Sartre 1 could never read his books, but y could tell from his picture, there was nothing frivolous about John 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.In Raymond, prize winning and internationally acclaimed playwright Willy Russell has created an unforgettable character to rival his Shirley Valentine and educated Rita The Wrong Boy is his extraordinary first novel.
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  1. Dardenitaaa

    Have you ever read a book that made you howl in laughter Have your eyes nearly popped wide open because of a clever plot twist Have you ever decided to pause halfway through the chapters because you re in denial that the book is nearing its end Have you ever finished a story and immediately wished you could hug the fictional protagonist after the last page I say yes to all of the above, thanks to Willy Russell s stunning first novel The Wrong Boy which is in every way, unforgettable Written in t [...]

  2. Giò

    The boy with a thorn in his sideMi dispiace tantissimo che si tratti di un libro praticamente sconosciuto in Italia Willy Russell non ha niente da invidiare a Doyle e Hornby, autori cui viene paragonato nella quarta di copertina Anzi, personalmente, ho preferito questo libro a Paddy Clark ah, ah e a Un ragazzo Tristissimo, ma esilarante in molti tratti, questo romanzo racconta le disavventure di un ragazzo, bollato dalla societ come sbagliato , costretto a vivere e a comportarsi come malato, un [...]

  3. Jaga

    Dear Morrissey,I know you don t check sites for reviews of books somehow connected to you, still, I mean to tell you I really enjoyed this book It painfully proves how people create us and one coincidence can change one s life I also loved the praise of deliberate misery and melancholy.Yours sincerely,J

  4. Tracey-Lee

    How did I like this book I just finished it old, rather ratty, paperback copy I stumbled upon in my favourite used book store, a place called Nuggets, in Chilliwack BC Canada A bookstore which is very aptly named as The Wrong Boy is definitely a golden nugget of a book if ever there was such a thing The moment I finished The Wrong Boy, I went to Abebooks and ordered a brand new, signed by the author, hardcover copy Something I ve never felt the need to do before with any other book I ve read, bu [...]

  5. KimberlyRose

    While listing specifics of what I liked and what I didn t like about this book sure to have been a snoozer review , I realized it was all the same thing, all had the same overarching problem an imbalance of scenes There s your action, your dialogue, your think y introspection, all the varying types of scenes that crafty authors order with care and thought to pacing Add in understandable doesn t need to be perfect language structure fresh, likeable, real people who grow and change, who experience [...]

  6. Sarah

    Read this for book club last month The writing style was interesting, each chapter is a letter to Morrisey written by the protagonist in his lyric book as he makes a rather circuitous journey from Manchester to Grimsby Through these letters, Raymond tells the story of his life up until now he s late teenage, give or take and how its events have lead him on this journey to Grimsby.The story telling is stream of conciousness, interrupted by Raymond needing to change train, coach or hitch hiking st [...]

  7. Sophie

    This one came recommended to me by two colleagues I have to admit, after the first two hundred pages or so I was so upset I found it hard to see why they liked it so much It s told from the perspective of a 19 year old boy named Raymond who s on his way to Grimsby, where he s supposed to start a proper job On his way, he s writing a diary letters to Morrissey describing his journey so far, i.e the story of his life And for much of that life, nothing good ever seems to happen.I found it horribly [...]

  8. Julie Bennett

    This is a great novel It is written from the perspective of a misunderstood boy Explores adolescent thoughts the way that adults misunderstand kids Its a wonderful book extremely funny.Not for the prudish

  9. Matthew

    Utterly superb, one of the best books I ve read in some time Utterly heart wrenching, hilarious and thought provoking on who really is to blame for Raymonds screwed up life.Loved the twist in the final paragraph Cannot recommend this highly enough

  10. Gina P

    Written in the voice of an adolescent boy s diary which he addresses to his hero Morrissey , this book is a heartwarming and sad tale of misfit youth, with moments of pure hilarity.

  11. Schmacko

    Willy Russell is a recognized name in theatre he wrote Blood Brothers, Shirley Valentine, and One for the Road This is his first novel, an amiable and funny if not totally brilliant foray into fiction It s a solid promise from an already credible writer.The Wrong Boy is basically the memoirs of Robert Marks, a young British man who s had a rough go Almost all of his entries into his diary are also letters to Morrissey, the lead singer of The Smiths This is funny Morrissey is known for his moping [...]

  12. JK

    I first read The Wrong Boy when I was in my early teens, and I remember loving it I remember thinking I d never read a book so grown up, yet so funny, in all my time Picking this up again has brought rushes of nostalgia, and a realisation that maybe, just maybe, your ability to appreciate a really good book is something that can t be learned The novel is comprised of letters written by Raymond to his hero, Morrissey The letters detail his life so far, in a completely disjointed yet perfectly flo [...]

  13. Geologe

    Raymond Marks w re gern ein normaler Teenager oder doch nicht.Auf dem Weg zu seinem ersten Arbeitsplatz schreibt er an Morrissey, zitiert Oscar Wilde und berichtet von seiner bisherigen Jugend.Das ist oft ausgesprochen witzig, meist tieftragisch und nie bertrieben resp langweilig.Ein kluges Buch, das die Gef hle und Gedanken des ungl cklichen Protagonisten ganz grossartig zum Ausdruck bringt Meistens bin ich ganz gl cklich damit, ungl cklich in meinem Zimmer zu hocken Raymond will das Richtige u [...]

  14. Mark Speed

    I believe I m right in saying that this was the author s first novel He was an acclaimed dramatist by this stage of his career, so it must have been quite a risky thing to have done.The novel is narrated in the form of letters to the 19 year old protagonist s hero the singer Morrissey Far from being an unreliable narrator, he proves to be embarrassingly honest We discover and dreadful, cringe worthy facts about his background, and explain why he s run away.It s over long, which is a bit of a s [...]

  15. Jennifer Bagazin

    Its sad how you get all hyped up and excited about reading a certain book and judging from the commentaries at the back front covers it is one of the funniest most moving novels you will ever read But yet, I didn t enjoy the book as much as I expected I dont know what happened, but I figured the setting was in the 1980s because the main character mentioned names like Morrissey and the Smiths and yes I watch the Carrie Diaries so I know what I m talking about It just wasn t appealing to me Althou [...]

  16. Julie

    I warn you , dont read thid book in a crowded place You may seem a little insane breaking out into uncontrolled laughter.In fact I giggled so much my husband , who only reads non fiction, made an exception to see what all the fuss was about Now one of his favourite books too The story of a socially inept teenager obsessed with Morrissey who has than his fair share of bad luck Unfortunate coincidence and some dodgy relatives result in Raymond s life and mental state changing for the worse That d [...]

  17. Emma

    This is about a boy who always seems he s in the wrong, but the great thing about his character is that you re constantly questioning if he truely is the wrong boy or is it just circumstantial Me and my mom liked this book and argued endlessly about him, Willy russel is a great writer and creates characters the reader can empathise with.

  18. Lawrence

    There were a few annoying errors for the true Smiths Star Wars fan there is no song called Hatful of Hollow , there s only one Wookie in the original SW trilogy but, otherwise, a well observed, touching and funny book that was disturbingly close to autobiography in a few places.

  19. linda

    They say misery loves company and I ll accompany this character anywhere Russell wrote Shirley Valentine and he has written the Wrong Boy with the same pathos, wit and homour.

  20. Thegurkenkaiser

    Kann man um einen depressiven jungen Smiths Fan einen gaqnzen Roman schreiben Ja man kann und einen sehr guten noch dazu

  21. Frankie

    Neues Lieblingsbuch gefunden Sehr ber hrendes Buch mit dem sympatischsten Hauptprotagonisten, der mir je untergekommen ist Ich werde es definitiv nochmal lesen in Zukunft.

  22. Lacarian

    Raymond Marks lebt allein mit seiner Mutter in dem englischen Vorort Failsworth bei Manchester, nachdem diese seinen entr ckten Vater vor die T r gesetzt hat Als junger Teenager hat Raymond nat rlich lauter Flausen im Kopf und erfindet an einer abgelegenen Stelle des rtlichen Kanals ein pubert res Spiel, das er und ber ein Dutzend seiner m nnlichen Klassenkameraden als Fliegenfangen bezeichnet Der eigentlich harmlose Spa fliegt auf, als es w hrend eines dieser Spiele zu einem Unfall kommt und pe [...]

  23. Katherine Sunderland

    This is not a quick read it s just over 500 pages and the text is dense The protagonist, Raymond Marks, has a lot to say for himself and we are quickly enveloped in his life, his routine, his family and his observations and thoughts Raymond is writing letters to Morrissey, on his journey to Grimsby via the service stations and motorway cafes as he hitches his way towards a labouring job He s dead depressed and down and hopes that Morrissey will be an appropriate listener or confidante for his th [...]

  24. David

    I enjoyed this book, a series of misadventures and catastrophes inflicted upon a quite sympathetic character You want to be his friend and help him through, but only Morrissey can apparently help It is sentimental and a little maudlin at times, but I enjoyed the epistolary nature of the novel.Not sure page after page protagonist Raymond s songs for a useful narrative I found myself tiring of that device after a while Other than that, an enjoyable read.

  25. Evie

    Nearly 15 years on from reading and I m still smiling with the flycatcher craze Typical Willy Russell laugh out loud.Recommend

  26. David Sherwin

    A five star book from me a rare occurrence but in this case so thoroughly deserved This book made me laugh out loud, and brought a tear to my eye It s hysterically funny, so, so, sad and just brilliantly written.It s written as a series of letters to Morrissey from The Smiths , from the main characters hero, telling him of his life and it s happenings That sounds a bit dry, but trust me, it works so well Seriously GO READ I am sure it can be found on for a pound I will come back with a fuller re [...]

  27. Lucy Mackey

    I loved the characters What a terrible social comment this book makes It s devastatingly sad but I forgive it everything because of its voice I was deeply moved in a good way.

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