Brian Conaghan was born and raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge. He is a graduate of Glasgow University, where he received, among other qualifications, a Master of Letters in Creative Writing. After living and working in Italy for five years he now teaches English in a Dublin Secondary School.
The Boy Who Made it Rain
Brian Conaghan's first book
We published Brian's first book in 2011 and sold Translation rights in Dutch, German, Korean and Portuguese. Further books by Brian were published in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Brian is a winner of the Costa Children's Book Award.
Reviews of The Boy Who Made it Rain
"innovative and insightful... I couldn't wait to devour part two" Read full review
Times Educational Supplement
"I was utterly flabbergasted... one of the most compelling novels I've ever read" Read full review
Heffers Review, Cambridge
"definitely up there with the modern classics"
"Brilliant writing, brilliant structure, brilliant book"
Des Dillon, author of Me and Ma Gal
"A must-read...an innovative novel that will keep you glued to the story until you turn the last page and learn the final outcome... Thought provoking, mind stimulating and characters with individual voices that are heard loud and clear. The Boy Who Made it Rain is a must/read for everyone. Author Brian Conaghan brings to light the issue of bullying, class issues, prejudice and the difficulties teens face growing up in any society or country today."
Fran Lewis, New York Reviewer, Educator, TV chat show host and interviewer
When a school tragedy happens, you probably lay the blame on society, the Internet, TV or violent films. Not many of you think it could be the parents' or the teachers' fault, do you? But then, is it? We all have our say, spout off opinions in different directions according to our view of the world. In this novel, too, they all have their say, but who's right?
At only sixteen Clem's world is turned upside down. His father, a travelling salesman and a loser, is transferred from Eastbourne to Glasgow and with him go Clem and his passive mother. But his new sink school is rough. Clem's posh accent, love of learning, and attraction to the school beauty, Rosie, soon make him the target for McEvoy's gang of thugs whose most important ambition in their depraved lives is slashing faces.
Text of Heffer's review
I will unashamedly admit that when I began reading The Boy Who Made It Rain, I was utterly flabbergasted. I began reading it early in the morning and I didn't put it down until I had finished it that evening, and though it's only 196 pages long, this is perhaps one of the most compelling novels I've ever read.
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