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Book Title: Lamb|
The author of the book: Bernard MacLaverty
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Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: October 29th 1981
ISBN 13: 9780140057690
Format files: PDF
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This novel, written by MacLaverty in 1980, is very different from his other famous book from that era, 'Cal', but equally good, and almost as depressing.
The book tells the story of Brother Sebastian, Michael Lamb in 'civilian' life, a woodwork teacher in a remote borstal in Donegal, who has just lost his father and is having doubts about his vocation. At the same time, he has serious reservations about the treatment of Owen, an epileptic, troubled and troublesome 12 year old pupil, at the hands of the establishment's head, Brother Benedict. Armed with part of his inheritance, he suggests to Owen that they abscond to London, which they do, posing as father and son.
Even in 1980, such an event makes headline news, and, despite the 'innocence' of the relationship, unsurprisingly it is quickly established that the pair are being sought. While 'on the run', Michael's paternal love for the child is evident, and MacLaverty tells the tale with sympathy, some suspense and a bit of humour. However, things take a somewhat predictable path, leaving the novel to conclude in an extremely shocking manner.
This was a quick read which I enjoyed but found disturbing on its conclusion. Not quite as dark overall as 'Cal', but MacLaverty is definitely not an uplifting writer. I have read his three most famous novels now, and will perhaps aim to read 'Grace Notes' next.
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Read information about the authorBernard MacLaverty was born in Belfast (14.9.42) and lived there until 1975 when he moved to Scotland with his wife, Madeline, and four children. He has been a Medical Laboratory Technician, a mature student, a teacher of English and, for two years in the mid eighties, Writer-in-Residence at the University of Aberdeen.
After living for a time in Edinburgh and the Isle of Islay he now lives in Glasgow. He is a member of Aosdana in Ireland and is Visiting Writer/Professor at the University of Strathclyde.
Currently he is employed as a teacher of creative writing on a postgraduate course in prose fiction run by the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen.
He has published five collections of short stories and four novels. He has written versions of his fiction for other media - radio plays, television plays, screenplays. Recently he wrote and directed a short film 'Bye-Child'
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