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  • Forsaken by Gerard Lee


‘When I was ten, my father went up a tree and never came down.’

So begins a frantic and compelling journey into the inner universe of JJ, a child who we slowly come to realise sees the world in a very different way. An exploration of the instincts and survival mechanisms that kick in if you strip a child of all the emotional supports they depend on to grow and develop normally, Forsaken develops as a journey through the psychological spiral of a ten year old boy’s struggle, not merely to survive, but to fulfil his most primal instinct – to reunite with his family. In spite of JJ’s ever deteriorating circumstances, the boy never wavers from this mission; if anything the rapidly unravelling exterior world steels his determination to achieve his goal.

Inspired by the author’s personal experience of the lives of the children and young people, who lived in the Residential Homes where he worked for several years, who persisted with extraordinary resilience, and frequently against unbelievable odds, in their passionate longing to somehow fix their broken world.

Praise for Forsaken:

‘Slyly alert, wryly witty and sardonic, Forsaken introduces an invigoratingly fresh new voice. We shall be hearing more of Gerard Lee.’ – Pat McCabe

‘A dark and chillingly disturbing odyssey into the wounded innocence of a damaged child, trying to compensate for a real world that is bereft of happy-ever-afters.’ – Dermot Bolger

‘JJ is destined to be a classic character, Gerard Lee’s prose is sometimes beautiful, sometimes very down to earth but always consistently in the voice of one extraordinary protagonist. Think part The Butcher Boy, part We Have Always Lived In The Castle, part The Wasp Factory but yet all its own book. I’ll be pressing it into people’s hands whenever I get the chance. One of the best things I’ve read this year.’ – Rick O’Shea

‘A published poet, he writes with rhythm and uses striking imagery…There is no denying, however, the wry social commentary underpinning the book. The plight of a disturbed child in a cruel world is rendered vividly….it will be interesting to see what the writer does next.’ – The Irish Times


About the Author: 

Gerard Lee is a writer, actor and theatre director. Gerard trained as a performer in the Samuel Beckett Centre in Trinity College Dublin. His television and film appearances include Father Ted; Proof; Kilinaskully; Rough Diamond; Mattie; Vicious Circle; The Ten Steps; Golgotha and Angela’s Ashes. Gerard’s radio work includes dramas by Philip Davison, Joe O’Byrne, Maeve Binchy and Kevin Gildea. He has read winning stories for the Francis McManus Short Story Series, and has been a contributor to RTÉ’s popular Sunday Miscellany, and was featured in the Best of Sunday Miscellany 1995-2000, ed. Marie Heaney.



Gerard Lee


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Weight .220 g
Dimensions .215 × .135 × .15 mm


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