Page extent: 64
ISBN: 9781840022438
Binding: PaperBack

Decky Does a Bronco

Douglas Maxwell

PaperBack (31 May 2001)

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Decky Does a Bronco is the tragi-comic story of a gang of nine-year-old boys who spend the summer of 1983 'Broncoing swings' in Girvan, on the west coast of Scotland. Broncoing (kicking the swing over the bar) is the social bench mark and a dangerous mixture of vandalism and sport.

Decky is the smallest of the group and the only one who cannot Bronco. His friend David remembers the event of that summer, which at first seem hilarious but ultimately remain painful, as the boys are faced with an unthinkable tragedy and are thrown into a restless adulthood.

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ISBN13 9781840022438
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 64


'a funny, wise and sad evocation of childhood that knows what poor Peter Pan fails to understand: that the only alternative to not growing up is dying young. 4 stars.' Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

'the sheer force and depth of Maxwell's study of an end of childhood, and an abrupt loss of innocence, brings tears to the eyes.' The Scotsman