The Boy in the Gap

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  • “a literate, thoughtful and highly engaging story which is set largely in and around . . . County Mayo” ––Ken Armstrong
  • “A good read, deftly conveying the rural Irish setting. What I liked most was the ordinariness that leads to the extraordinary. How a life can go so wrong, one ordinary misstep at a time.” -- Karen, Goodreads

Meet The Author

Paul Soye is the author of the plays Cherished and The Birdcage, which won the Esso New Irish Play Award at the National Drama Festival in Athlone in 1996. In 2002 he was shortlisted for the BBC’s Tony Doyle Award. He has written a one-act play for children, and his play In Irons was broadcast on RTÉ 1’s Sunday Night Playhouse. He lives in County Mayo.

Jack Sammon waits in jail on remand for a horrific crime that has scarred the community, wrestling with his memory and scribbling the details of his life in a school copy-book.

Jack grows up on a small farm in a close-knit west of Ireland community with his mother, older brother and baby sister. He might have overcome the untimely death of his father, had his mother’s disastrous choice of a second partner not alienated the support of their neighbours – an act that sets Jack on a risky path. He is drawn to local eccentric Irene, who reveals to him secrets about his family that will shake him to his core.

Full of pathos and humour, and evocative of John Banville’s The Book of Evidence and of John McGahern in its detailed portrayal of rural life, The Boy in the Gap is a beautifully wrought, haunting debut.