About a Boy Study Guide for CCEA GCSE English Literature

Explore this hilariously British coming-of-age novel about an unconventional friendship between a cynical, immature middle-aged man and an eccentric, troubled 12-year-old boy with this focused Study Guide. Break down the text’s likeable characters, meaningful themes and literary depth with supportive analysis and comprehensive tasks.

  1. Walkthrough – Build understanding with insightful and relevant analysis for each chapter.
  2. Whole-text Analysis – Explores: characterisation • themes • writer's techniques • language •  narrative stance
  3. Exam help – Assessment objective guidance and exam tips ensure students feel well prepared in the run-up to the exam.


  • Student-friendly plot summary
  • Original illustrations

Woven into the analysis throughout you will find:

  • Tasks and questions to encourage debate and individual interpretation
  • Useful quotations with analysis to encourage close reading skills
  • Key term definitions to ensure students grasp difficult concepts