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Description - Runt by Niall Griffiths

On 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 an innocent, a spiritual savant; a shaman. In 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. 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 Details

ISBN: 9780099461159
ISBN-10: 0099461153
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 130mm x 11mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Niall Griffiths

Niall Griffiths was born in Liverpool in 1966 and now lives in Wales. He is the author of six novels- Grits, Sheepshagger, Kelly + Victor, Stump, Wreckage, and Runt.

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