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  • Published: 4 March 1991
  • ISBN: 9780099748502
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128

The Burning Boys

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When David's mother is killed in the Blitz he moves to a new life in Lancashire with his young aunt Jean. As he watches the adult world around him, a fighter pilot wakes to discover his brutal disfigurement in a world he neither recognises nor remembers. The fragile link between the man and the boy as each experiences his own painful rite of passage is movely described in this powerful and evocative novel.

  • Pub date: 4 March 1991
  • ISBN: 9780099748502
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128

About the Author

John Fuller

John Fuller, born in Ashford, Kent, is an acclaimed poet and novelist. His collection Stones and Fires (1996) was awarded the Forward Prize; Ghosts (2004) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award for Poetry; The Space of Joy (2006) was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award, and The Grey Among the Green (1988), Song & Dance (2008) and Pebble & I (2010) were all Poetry Book Society Recommendations. His 1983 novel Flying to Nowhere, a historical fantasy, won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was nominated for the Booker Prize. He has also written collections of short stories and several books for children. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.

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Praise for The Burning Boys

“This short intense study of character and identity is, as one has come to expect from this fine poet, studded with precise but magical notations of the everyday world”

Sunday Times

“It's his Golding-esque way with males stuck in and fighting their way out of tight corners that grants this rite-of-passage novel its special magnetism”


“Superb...a novel of special quality”

Evening Standard

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