The Hand-Reared Boy Paperback / softback
It was the first British novel to explore, frankly and with a gleeful honesty, the sexual awakening of a teenage boy.
It was regarded as so outrageous that thirteen publishers initially refused to publish it.
The Hand-Reared Boy no longer shocks, instead, it stands as the classic novel of teenage self-discovery and the realisation of a young boy of love, and the fact that other people are more than sexual objects. Depicting the preoccupations common to all young boys as they reach puberty, The Hand-Reared Boy is a delightfully funny account of burgeoning sexuality, marked by self-revelation, self-mockery and a complete absence of prurience.
It was shortlisted for the Lost Booker Prize in 2010.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/09/1999
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780285635166