The extraordinary story of one long summer in the life of an 18-year-old boy caught up in the chaos and conflict of Ireland in the 1980s.
Siobhan Dowd lived in Oxford with her husband, Geoff, before tragically dying from cancer in August 2007, aged 47. She was both an extraordinary writer and an extraordinary person, and left two unpublished novels, the first being Bog Child and the second being Solace of the Road. Siobhan's first novel, A Swift Pure Cry won the Branford Boase Award and the Eilis Dillon Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and Booktrust Teenage Prize. Her second novel, The London Eye Mystery, won the 2007 NASEN & TES Special Educational Needs Children's Book Award.
"As a writer, Dowd appears to be incapable of a jarring phrase or a
lazy metaphor. Her sentences sing, each note resonates with an
urgent humanity of the sort that cannot be faked" -- Meg Rosoff *
"The work of an outstanding writer" * The Sunday Times *
"A captivating first love affair, a hilarious red herring and profound truths about politics and family add up to a novel set to win awards in the coming year" -- Geraldine Brennan * Observer *
"An unflinchingly honest and brave novel" * Irish Independent *
"Only two months in, and I may have already found my favourite book of the year. Siobhan Dowd's Bog Child is an astonishing read and the kind of book that holds you in a trance" -- Becky Stradwick * The Bookseller *