• "'Boyle's memories are marked with fondness rather than sentimentality...with a sad twist in the tale guaranteed to grab you'"

    The Scotsman
  • "'All the moving, tentative quality of male friendship is caught in flight. The period detail is exact, the ear for dialogue deadly'"

    Dubliner Magazine
  • "'The significance of this friendship distinguishes Boyle's memoir from others...Far less self-pitying than Angela's Ashes'"

    Glasgow Herald
  • "'Deftly chronicles a 1950s Catholic childhood. Particularly well drawn is the intensity of that first special friendship which one can never fully leave behind'"

    Sunday Tribune

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