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  • Published: 19 September 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241256428
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

Billy Bathgate




It's 1930s New York and fifteen-year-old streetkid Billy, who can juggle, somersault and run like the wind, has been taken under the wing of notorious gangster Dutch Schultz.

'I was living in even greater circles of gangsterdom than I had dreamed, latitudes and longitudes of gangsterdom'
It's 1930's New York and fifteen-year-old streetkid Billy, who can juggle, somersault and run like the wind, has been taken under the wing of notorious gangster Dutch Schultz. As Billy learns the ways of the mob, he becomes like a son to Schultz - his 'good-luck kid' - and is initiated into a world of glamour, death and danger that will consume him, in this vivid, soaring epic of crime and betrayal.

  • Published: 19 September 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241256428
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

E. L. Doctorow

E. L. Doctorow (1931 - 2015) has had his work published in thirty languages. His novels include City of God, Welcome to Hard Times, The Book of Daniel, Ragtime, Loon Lake, Lives of the Poets, World's Fair, Billy Bathgate and The Waterworks. Among his honours are the National Book Award, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal. 

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Praise for Billy Bathgate

A modern American masterpiece

John le Carré

Riveting . . . mesmerizing . . . incandescent . . . unforgettable

Time

Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer with more poetry, Holden Caulfield with more zest and spirit . . . The kind of book you find yourself finishing at three in the morning

The New York Times

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