The Truth of Things by Anthony McGowan

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Recommended by Paul Brackenridge

Form and genre: Prose – three short novellas

Length: 384 pages

Summary: A collection of three short novellas about the relationship between two brothers, one with learning difficulties, who live in poverty in Yorkshire.

Age recommendation and challenging content: Some mild bad language and mild violence, possible upsetting themes of separation and living in poverty. Would recommend for Year 8 and above.

Notable reasons for recommending this book: Designed to be friendly to dyslexic readers. Of literary value. Themes of masculinity and poverty may link in well to a number of GCSE texts.

Other useful information: See also ‘Lark’ which is the fourth and final book in the series.