Breakfast on Pluto

Breakfast on Pluto

By Patrick McCabe

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061121869, 224pp.

Publication Date: November 2005


Conceived in a moment of mad passion by a randy Irish priest and his temporary housekeeper -- and abandoned on a doorstep in a Rinso box as an infant -- her ladyship "Pussy" (ne Patrick) Braden grew up fabulous and escaped tiny Tyreelin, Ireland, to start life anew in London. In blousy tops and satin miniskirts she plies her trade as a transvestite rent boy on Picadilly's Meat Rack, risking life and limb among the city's flotsam and jetsam. But it is the 1970s, and fear haunts the streets of London and Belfast -- and as radioactive history approaches critical mass, the coming explosion of violence and tragedy may well blow Pussy's fragile soul asunder.

About the Author
Patrick McCabe was born in Ireland in 1955. His novels include "The Butcher Boy," winner of the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literature Prize, which was shortlisted for the 1992 Booker Prize and made into a highly acclaimed film directed by Neil Jordan, and "Breakfast On Pluto," published in 1998, also on the Booker Prize shortlist. He lives in Sligo with his wife and two daughters.