"Robert's voice is ticklish, immediate, and won my heart in a flash. He's a young boy with natural charm, gumption and an energetic, infectious curiosity about the world around him -
Constable & Robinson
"The Boy Next Door: A Novel" (2009) by Irene Sabatini
Winner of the 2010 Orange Prize for New Writers
"Irene Sabatini has written an important book that will enchant readers and which marks the emergence of a serious new talent.”
Di Spiers, Editor of Readings at BBC Radio 4,
Chair of Judges, 2010 Orange Award for New Writers
Sabatini's novel...is entertaining, ambitious and packed with news from elsewhere, leavened by the precious optimism of youth. Don't miss it.
Amanda Craig, Independent, 29 June 2010
"What a worthy winner of the 2010 Orange Award for New Writers... Irene Sabatini is a born writer..."
Carla Mckay, Daily Mail, 2 July 2010