About this book
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, this heart-breaking novel set in 1971 follows one year in the life of John, a twelve year old misfit. Obsessed with the "Guinness Book Of Records" and able to detect the lies of adults, John's mind gradually becomes unstuck through the breaking-up of his home life. Having already sold over 17,000 copies in trade paperback, this is sure to be a winner. '"Carry Me Down" is uncompromising, unputdownable and done with expert lightness. It's a work of discreet brilliance.' Ali Smith
Ireland, 1971, John Egan is a misfit, 'a twelve year old in the body of a grown man with the voice of a giant who insists on the ridiculous truth'. With an obsession for the "Guinness Book of Records" and faith in his ability to detect when adults are lying, John remains hopeful despite the unfortunate cards life deals him.