Willy Russell

The Wrong Boy
  • The Wrong Boy

  • The hilarious, bittersweet novel from the playwright behind EDUCATING RITA, SHIRLEY VALENTINE and award-winning musical BLOOD BROTHERS.

    Dear Morrissey,
    I'm feeling dead depressed and down. Like a streetlamp without a bulb or a goose at the onset of Christmas time.
    Anyroad, I thought I'd pen a few lines to someone who'd understand...

    It's 1991. Raymond Marks is a normal boy, from a normal family, in a normal northern town. Only lately, he's been feeling dead down. His dad left home after falling in love with a five-string banjo. His fun-hating grandma believes she should have married Jean-Paul Sartre: 'I could never read his books, but y' could tell from his picture, there was nothing frivolous about John-Paul Sartre.' Felonious Uncle Jason and Appalling Aunty Paula are lusting after the satellite dish.

    And so he turns to the one person who'll understand what he's going through: Morrissey. Told through a series of heartfelt letters to the frontman of The Smiths, this is a laugh-out-loud funny, incredibly poignant tale from a character you can't help but love.

    'Big-hearted, wonderfully funny and engrossing' THE MIRROR

    'A warm, funny, poignant story. I loved The Wrong Boy - and so will you' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

    'A comic masterpiece' BEL MOONEY, MAIL ON SUNDAY

Willy Russell was born in Whiston, near Liverpool, and left school at fifteen. He worked as a ladies' hairdresser for six years, stacked stockings at Bear Brand, cleaned girders at Ford, before getting into writing, first as a songwriter then as a playwright. He is the author of, amongst others, the multi-award-winning plays - later made into films - Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, and the award-winning West End musical hits Blood Brothers and John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert. He and his family live in Liverpool.

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