By (author) Niall Griffiths
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Runt by Niall Griffiths
Book DescriptionOn leaving school a sixteen-year-old boy goes to live with his uncle on a remote Welsh hill-farm. His aunt has recently committed suicide after losing her livestock in the foot-and-mouth epidemic and his uncle has turned, once again, to the bottle. The boy is a spiritual savant: an unwitting repository of folk memory from the margins, barely educated but possessed of extraordinary insights; barely literate but able to speak a language of his own - a poetry laden with Pagan and Christian myth. He is unaware that he is gifted and unaware of what he knows. But during one of his ecstatic trances, the boy learns that he has an appointed role in the world, which he must discover for himself. During an episode of brutal and climactic violence, he does exactly that. Told through the boy's internal monologue of beauty and damage, Runt is a powerful, disturbing and moving novel that reinvigorates the language of fiction and illuminates domestic tragedy with a penetrating epic light.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099461159
(197mm x 130mm x 11mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Niall Griffiths
One Moonlit Night, Paperback (March 2015)
WINNER OF THE GREATEST WELSH NOVEL
Great Big Shining Star, Paperback (November 2014)
Sixteen-year-old Grace has dreams, and she knows how to make them come true: a little silicone and surgery here and there -nose, breasts, lips, hair, teeth, nails. Then with the right clothes and a new tan she'll be ready: ready to be seen, consumed and adored by millions. Grace will become a celebrity.
Ronnie's Dream, Paperback (October 2010)
The tribes of 21st century Britain assemble for war and Ronnie, a squaddie on a spree before Iraq, has the strangest of dreams, while Cardiff drugs baron Max is in search of the perfect woman.
Wreckage, Paperback (March 2006)» View all books by Niall Griffiths
Money has been stolen from the remote North Wales post office, but Darren's been over-enthusiastic with the lump hammer. When he and Alastair get back to Liverpool, and try and spend the cash on a consignment of pure cocaine - and in doing so get involved with some dangerous criminals - things really get out of hand.
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Author Biography - Niall Griffiths
Niall Griffiths was born in Liverpool in 1966 and now lives in Wales. He has published the novels: Grits, Sheepshagger, Kelly + Victor, Stump, Wreckage, and A Great Big Shining Star. The film of Kelly + Victor was released in 2012.
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