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Be Near Me

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This extract from Andrew O’Hagan’s novel, Be Near Me, is centred around a boat trip that the narrator – a priest – is taking with two of his young parishioners. 

Mark, a 15-year-old boy, is recalling a football match that, temporarily, seemed to bring him a little closer to his father. The boat trip itself seems to cast a magical spell on the trio. Will they be the same afterwards?

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