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  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409027331
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

The Anatomy School




Bernard Mac Laverty's first novel since Grace Notes, which has sold over 100,000 copies.

This is the story of the growing up of Martin Brennan, a troubled boy in troubled times, a boy who knows all the questions but none of the answers. This is Belfast in the late sixties. Before he can become an adult, Martin must unravel the sacred and contradictory mysteries of religion, science and sex; he must learn the value of friendship; but most of all he must pass his exams - at any cost. A book that celebrates the desire to speak and the need to say nothing, The Anatomy School moves from the enforced silence of Martin's Catholic school retreat, through the hilarious tea-and-biscuits repartee of his eccentric elders to the awkward wit and loose profanity of his two friends - the charismatic Kavanagh and the subversive Blaise Foley. An absorbing, tense and often very funny novel which takes Martin from the initiations of youth to the devoutly-wished-for consummation of the flesh, Bernard MacLaverty's new book is a remarkable re-creation of the high anxieties and deep joys of learning to find a place in the world.

  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409027331
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

About the author

Bernard MacLaverty

Bernard MacLaverty lives in Glasgow. He has written five collections of stories and four other novels, including Grace Notes which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award. He has written versions of his fiction for other media – radio and television plays, screenplays and libretti.

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Praise for The Anatomy School

MacLaverty is a master of many moods and this genial, intelligent novel finds him at his best

Sunday Telegraph

A brilliant novel

Daily Telegraph

A zestfully funny novel of male adolescence

Sunday Times

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