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A Clockwork Orange meets American Psycho and The Catcher in the Rye, The Schoolboy is all this and more—controversial, dark and funny; an astonishing psychological study of a disturbed adolescent mind, a commentary on morality and society and a gripping read from one of the most talented young writers around.
The narrative follows Nick in his last year at school. Plagued by secrets, self-doubt, guilt and fury, the flaws in his character inevitably lead him into the hands of the damaged, unscrupulous and malevolent. With his options rapidly closing Nick, as insecure as he is angry, has to make decisions fast.
"The Schoolboy… has such raw creative energy. Holly Howitt is a talented and exciting writer who will go far."
Beth Macdougall, MGA
"The Schoolboy is an astonishing debut from an outstanding young writer. With her sharp, uncluttered prose and spiky wit, Holly Howitt explores a teenage boy's inner violence and sexual rage with a finely-tuned ear for the nuances of spoken language and a superb eye for detail. ...a brilliant and shocking novella from a highly talented young writer."
Holly Howitt was born and grew up in Wales. She writes fiction in various forms, and is particularly interested in truncated and overlooked genres, such as microfiction and the novella. She has contributed to anthologies and collections both in print and online. Holly has a PhD in creative writing from Cardiff University and lectures at Portsmouth University. Her highly acclaimed microfiction collection, Dinner Time, was launched at the Guardian Hay Festival in 2008. She is currently editing an anthology of microfiction for Cinnamon Press and is working on a second novella.