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Boys Don’t Cry

Fíona Scarlett

‘I can’t remember ever reading anything so moving. I’ve had to go back to bed! It’s so BEAUTIFUL and convincing and so so sad, but worth it because the story is so compelling.’ MARIAN KEYES

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‘I can’t remember ever reading anything so moving . . . It’s so beautiful.’ MARIAN KEYES

They say boys don’t cry.
But Finn’s seen his Da do it when he thinks no one’s looking, so that’s not true.
And isn’t it OK to be sad, when bad things happen?

They say boys don’t cry, but you might . . .

‘Unforgettable.’ Donal Ryan

‘Authentic to the bone’ Kit de Waal

It will break your heart in a million different ways.’ Louise O’Neill

‘Powerful and poignant.’ Ruth Hogan

‘Hilarious and heartbreaking.’ Louise Nealon

What readers are saying:

‘Fiona Scarlett is certainly up there with the likes of Roddy Doyle . . . A beautifully written, authentic novel, that will make you both laugh and cry, I just want to recommend this book to everyone.’

‘This is a heartbreaking and very emotional novel that is exquisitely written. Fíona’s writing style helps to bring such raw emotion to the text that it was impossible to not shed a tear!’

‘I cried so much reading this book . . . A stunning read that I’ll be thinking about for a long time.’

‘There is a lot of humour to balance the heartache . . . All humanity is here, in all its shades, and that’s what stays with you long after you finish reading. A brilliant debut.’

Critic Reviews

I can't remember ever reading anything so moving . . . It's so beautiful.

Marian Keyes
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A lyrical, beautifully written story that explores toxic masculinity through the eyes of children. I couldn’t put it down.

Christie Watson
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Boys Don’t Cry is such a special book. Told with compassion and empathy, it will break your heart in a million different ways. Utterly unforgettable.

Louise O'Neill
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A beautifully rendered story, a thriller, a heartbreaker, with the voice of real people, authentic to the bone, characters that will live on long after you’ve turned the last page. I loved it.

Kit de Waal
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A magnetic book, the characters and their stories drawing you right into their lives so it feels like you're among them, listening to them and rooting for them to be okay. Tough and true and sad and hopeful, it really is an unforgettable read.

Donal Ryan
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I found it totally absorbing. It is a real skill to write about the death of a child without being over- sentimental or mawkish and Fíona nailed. It’s a bittersweet tale – powerful and poignant, and laced with dark humour. I loved it.

Ruth Hogan

Fíona Scarlett is from Dublin but now living in Co. Kildare with her husband and two children. She holds an MLitt in creative writing from the University of Glasgow as well as a masters in early childhood education. She was awarded the Denis O’Driscoll Literary Bursary through Kildare County Council in 2019 and a Literature Bursary through the National Arts…

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