The God of All Small Boys by Joseph Lamb

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James is sent away to live with his mill-town relatives in this nostalgic, coming-of-age novel set against the backdrop of Dundee during WW1.


Some summers were made for growing up…

Dundee, 1917. When his father goes to fight in the war, 11-year-old James is sent to live with his mill-town relatives and his cousin, Billy. In this unfamiliar world of poverty, bullying, and uncertainty, James fights to be accepted and learns the true value of friendship and family.

‘The God of All Small Boys is the one who grows trees, with branches in just the right places, so we can climb right to the top. He invented fireworks and dogs and sticks and horses and muddy puddles. And he lets us find secret places… like this!’

Praise for The God of All Small Boys

Touching, funny and firmly rooted on the jute-ridden streets of the Scottish mill-town, The God of All Small Boys was one of only three shortlisted for the 2015 Dundee Great War Children’s Book Prize.

Author, Helen Sedgwick, described it simply as “brilliant”.

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The God of All Small Boys by Joseph Lamb

1 review for The God of All Small Boys by Joseph Lamb

  1. Emily Gunning

    The God of all Small Boys does well to encourage feelings of nostalgia for a place I have never visited. While reading through Joseph Lamb’s work I found myself smiling constantly, and completely engulfed in the story of James Gunning and his blood brothers. I could almost perfectly imagine them sitting together in their secret den, away from all the troubles the real world has to offer. It made me miss my childhood in a way I didn’t think was possible. This book is high in my recommendations and I truly hope Joseph Lamb continues to create amazing works of art with the likeness of the God of all Small Boys.

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