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Vintage, 2000 - 152 pages
on a promontory jutting out into the Atlantic wind stands the Home run by Brother Benedict, where boys are taught a little of God and a lot of fear. To Michael Lam, one of the youngest brothers, the regime is without hope, and when he inherits a small legacy he defies his elders and runs away, taking with him a twelve year old boy, Owen Kane.Radio Eireann calls it a kidnapping. For Michael the act is the beginning of Owen's salvation. Posing as father and son, they concentrate on discovering the happiness that is so unfamiliar to them both. But as the outside world closes in around them - as time, money and opportunity run out - Michael finds himself moving towards a solution that is as uncompromising as it is inspired by love.

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Michael Lamb a priest decides the only way to save Owen Kane, a youth in the care of the catholic church, is to flee with him to mainland England. With a small legacy inherited from a dead relative ... Read full review

About the author (2000)

Bernard MacLaverty lives in Glasgow. He has written four collections of stories and four novels, including Grace Noteswhich was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award. His most recent story collection, Matters of Life and Death, was published in 2006. He has written versions of his fiction for other media - radio plays, television plays, screenplays - and wrote and directed the short film Bye Childwhich recently won a BAFTA award.

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