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Bernard Mac Laverty: Lamb

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Lamb, by Bernard Mac Laverty, is, at 150 pages, a short read, but its brevity serves only to provide a perfectly told story without padding or exposition. It follows the story of a young priest, Michael Lamb (or Brother Sebastian), who runs away from the Irish Borstal that he works in, takes a deprived boy named Owen Kane with him. But, as his money dwindles, news of the kidnapping closes in on them, and Lamb finds himself running out of ideas on how to save the boy

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Lamb is just a great book. We studied it for GCSE English and I re-read it a few years ago and the power has only increased (though the setting, contemporary at the time I guess, seems slightly dated now, an unintentional period piece). The final tragedy is just overwhelming. I haven't read many of his other books though. Any advice from anyone?

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