By Dave Hannigan
A university of non-public stories omitted into relations fable, Boy Wonder is a humorous and relocating account of a adolescence spent, like numerous others, on pitches, sidelines and stands, suffering to make experience of festival and the oversized function it performs within the lives of fellows and boys, fathers and sons. From difficult classes at the parish box and the politics of afterschool soccer to the euphoria of Croke Park and brushes with demigods like Jimmy Barry-Murphy and Roy Keane, Boy ask yourself is a poignant comedian memoir approximately relatives, activity and the rites of passage that form each adolescence. it's one man’s tale – yet a testomony to each man’s experience.
‘If you ever strung a size of washing line around the street to aim to duplicate the buzz of Wimbledon, performed highway soccer whereas imagining John Motson simpering over your each contact, trotted round a disadvantage direction slapping your bottom in the course of Dublin Horse exhibit week or attempted to emulate Alex Higgins on a four-foot through two-foot snooker desk within the tight confines of a suburban kitchen, then Boy Wonder will make you discomfort with nostalgia on your personal childhood.’ Paul Howard
‘Utterly authentic.’ Matt Cooper
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Boy Wonder: Tales from the Sidelines of an Irish Childhood by Dave Hannigan