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The Butcher Boy

Patrick McCabe


The Butcher Boy is a 1992 novel by Irish writer, Patrick McCabe.

It tells the story of Francis "Francie" Brady who ends up in an 'industrial school' where he is sexually abused by one of the priests. He is also befriended by a gardener.

The title comes from Francie's work as a butcher and his dismembering of the body of a woman he murders.

The Butcher Boy was adapted into an award winning film in 2007.

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