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Byron started it. The original rockstar. It was thanks to Byron that Itchy wound up living in Chamonix Mont Blanc, the death-sport capital of the world, among the high mountains and low morals. For the last few years he tried to numb the pain of his past with alcohol and adrenaline, but now a serial rapist is stalking Cham’s tourist-thronged streets, haunting the same shadows as Itchy and triggering an obsession which will lead him far from Europe’s peaks, to the depths of the valley and himself.


The promise of Jonathan Trigell’s first novel, Boy A, is confirmed in this depiction of the world of extreme sports and adrenaline junkies, where all the violent mistakes of a man’s life come back to haunt him.

Reviews

[Itchy] is the walking, stalking spirit of Chamonix: forever chasing the beautiful adrenaline rush, but also driven by a dark force
Guardian
Does for extreme winter sports what Alex Garland's The Beach did for backpacking
Financial Times
A murky, romantic look at the underbelly of season life
Daily Mail
Jonathan Trigell's writing soars when describing the sublime mountain scenery and the rushing, redemptive exhilaration of skiing... But he's equally at ease conveying the murky moral ambiguity of Itchy's life... Exposing the darkness at the heart of a white world, Trigell's second novel is tense with foreboding: a clever, contemporary cliff hanger
Metro