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In 18th-century France, a child is captured in the forests near Aveyron where he seems to have been living wild for seven years. Now 12 years old, the Wild Boy is put on public display as a freak, and finally handed over to the ambitious, emotionally repressed Doctor Itard, who is charged with educating the boy, whom he names Victor, and trying to discover the secrets of his strange, secret life. But Victor soon becomes a pawn in the raging debate about nature vs nurture, and Itard's attempts to civilise him bear little fruit. Instead, Victor seems drawn to Mme Guerin, his motherly guardian - and to her vivacious daughter, Julie, who is herself falling for Itard as he struggles to understand both Victor and his own confused emotions. Giving a vivid sense of the Revolutionary period, the novel brings to life through the stories of three fascinating characters a mysterious case that resonates in the modern day preoccupation with autism.

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"Dawson's prose is graceful, her approach deeply intelligent and persuasive...a fine novel." - Hilary Mantel


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Hardback Editions

September 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: Wild Boy
Author(s): Jill Dawson
ISBN: 0-340-82296-1 / 978-0-340-82296-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

July 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Wild Boy
Author(s): Jill Dawson
ISBN: 0-340-82297-X / 978-0-340-82297-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Wild Boy
Author(s): Jill Dawson
ISBN: 0-340-83319-X / 978-0-340-83319-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


September 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Wild Boy
Author(s): Jill Dawson
ISBN: 0-340-83293-2 / 978-0-340-83293-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2009 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Wild Boy
Author(s): Jill Dawson
Publisher: Sceptre
Availability: Amazon CA   


October 2009 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Wild Boy
Author(s): Jill Dawson
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK