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Boy A

By Jonathon Trigell


Novel focusing on the experiences of Boy A, a childhood murderer who is released from prison with a new identity as Jack and begins to try to rebuild his life.  Reminiscent of the actual case of the murder of James Bulger by two 10-year-olds in the 1990’s, the text provides a useful examination of the interruption of childhood through extreme violence and subsequent incarceration.

Key Themes:

  • Childhood / Adolescence
  • Revealing Reads
  • Violence

Significant Quotes / Pages

111 - “And so, before it reached its verdict, the jury knew the facts at least, if not the truth.  Having tried every ruse in the child’s repertoire, every lie and weakling wile, it was doubtful if even the boys could remember the real truth.  But then a court isn’t necessarily there to find the truth.  Its purpose is more about finding a wise solution.

In his verdict the judge seemed shrewd enough: a seven-year sentence was passed; severe, but not unfair, considering the gravity of the case.”

Reference: Jonathon, Trigell. 2004. Boy A. London: Serpent’s Tail, 2007


- Charley Baker
Date Review Submitted: Monday 23rd March 2009