The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe - Lettered Edition

The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe - Lettered Edition

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A powerful and unrelenting journey into a young boy’s heart of darkness, The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe is startlingly original and impossible to put out of your mind.

Set in a small town in Ireland in the early 1960s, The Butcher Boy is the story of Frances “Francie” Brady, also known as “pig boy,” the only child of an alcoholic father and a mother driven mad by despair. As his troubled home life collapses, Francie retreats into a violent fantasy world. Held up for scorn and ridicule by the sanctimonious neighbor Mrs. Nugent, and dropped by his best friend Joe in favor of Mrs. Nugent’s son, Francie finally finds a target for his rage, and a focus for his twisted, horrific plan. Dark, haunting, and often screamingly funny, The Butcher Boy chronicles the pig boy’s ominous loss of innocence and chilling descent into madness.

Written in a hybrid of first-person narrative and stream of consciousness, critics marveled at Patrick McCabe’s unique use of rhythm and language upon the novel’s publication in 1992. Critic Tim Guathier claimed McCabe’s style of writing forces the reader to “constantly reassess Francie Brady’s psychological stability,” making the novel all the more terrifying. The New York Times hailed The Butcher Boy as “stunning… part Huck Finn, part Holden Caulfield, part Hannibal Lecter.”

The Butcher Boy won the 1992 Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the 1992 Booker Prize. In 1997, it was adapted by the author and Neil Jordan into an award-winning film.

The signed limited edition of The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe is presented in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Artist editions. 


  • 6” x 9” trim size.
  • 248 Pages.
  • Limited to 26 copies.
  • Full leather binding covered in Tie-Dyed Lambskin. 
  • New exclusive introduction by Patrick McCabe.
  • Six full color illustrations by David Lupton.
  • Signed by Patrick McCabe and David Lupton.
  • Printed offset on premium Mohawk Via.
  • Endsheets are handmade acid free Mexican Mayan paper.
  • Housed in a clamshell enclosure covered in Japanese and European cloth with velvet floors.
  • Bookmark with all pre-orders.

Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Illustrations © 2021 by David Lupton.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
An elegant production!

Pictures cannot due justice in portraying the beauty of this edition nor how the binding enhances the narrative of this brutal and realistic tale.

Mark Dauck
Butcher Boy - Lettered

While not one of the more extravagate lettered editions, this one comes in 1st on any countenance of quality and workmanship. Beautifully configured and bound. Leather work is spot on, print is on point and the artist did their upmost best to depict keen areas within the story so that if your own imagination wasn't working well enough, they gave it a slight nudge. Looking forward to seeing the Limited once it's released. Great Job to Suntup and all who participated in this production.