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Breadboy: Teenage Kicks and Tatey Bread - What Paperboy Did Next [Paperback]

Tony Macaulay
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14 Mar 2013
It s Belfast, 1977. The King is dead and a 14-year-old boy wearing Denim aftershave has just been appointed breadboy in the last Ormo Mini-Shop in the world, delivering bread to the residents of the Upper Shankill on Saturday mornings. He s all grown up now, so he is, and nearly shaving.

The Bee Gees fill the airwaves, everyone is in love with Princess Leia, and Breadboy s love of peace and pets is soon rivalled by his interest in parallel universes and punk . . . and girls, especially Judy Carlton who sits opposite him in chemistry. Sooner or later, Breadboy is sure they ll become a proper couple like Paul and Linda, and Judy will be his girl.

There are rivals at school and dangers on the streets, but Breadboy is hopeful, so he is. He is a good Breadboy. He delivers.

As does Tony Macaulay, in this delightful sequel to the critically acclaimed Paperboy.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstaff Press (14 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856409103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856409103
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tony Macaulay is a Northern Ireland writer and peace builder. Macaulay was raised at the top of the Shankill Road in Belfast at the start of thirty-five years of "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland, an experience that has shaped his life. He has spent the past 30 years working to build peace and reconciliation at home and abroad, working with hundreds of youth and community groups to break down barriers of mistrust, hatred and division.

Drawing on his experiences growing up in Northern Ireland, Mr. Macaulay has channeled his memories and observations into literature as another way of building conversations between the region's disparate communities. His debut, the critically acclaimed memoir Paperboy (first published in Ireland in 2010) is a story that balances Northern Ireland's turbulent social history with entertaining insights, wit and humor. It tells the warm, funny and nostalgic story of his years in Belfast in the 1970s working as a paperboy delivering the Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland's leading daily newspaper) around his neighborhood. His commitment to peace and reconciliation was formed a very early stage of his life and is consistently reflected through his writing.

Paperboy was very warmly received by critics and the public alike, and Mr. Macaulay has performed book readings at a range of respected literary festivals including: Aspects Literature Festival, Edinburgh Book Fringe, Belfast Book Festival and "Scribes at the West" at Féile an Phobail. He has also been invited to appear as a guest literary speaker at the Celtic Cultural Alliance, Lehigh University and DeSales University in Pennsylvania. In 2012 the W.B. Yeats Society of New York presented a reading of Paperboy in the National Arts Club as part of the 1st Irish Festival. In 2013 he performed a series of reading from Breadboy and Paperboy at the New York Irish Center as part of the 1st Irish Festival.

The film rights of Paperboy have recently been picked up by Titian Red Pictures, producers of the award winning Song for a Raggy Boy (2003) which starred Aidan Quinn. Paperboy has now been picked up by the publishing giant HarperCollins in the UK and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

The sequel, Breadboy, was published last year and has generated similarly high levels of critical acclaim and praise in Northern Ireland, the UK, Ireland and further afield.

As a prominent writer, journalist and broadcaster, Mr. Macaulay has contributed to many of Northern Ireland's leading radio stations including: Downtown Radio ('Rockspel', 'Sunday Daybreak', 'Late Show' and various documentaries on social issues), Mid 106 ('Sunday Breakfast Show'), BBC Radio 2 ('Pause for Thought') and BBC Radio Ulster (Newspapers Review on 'Good Morning Ulster' and 'Evening Extra,' and 'Thought for the Day').


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About the Author

TONY MACAULAY grew up at the top of the Shankill Road in Belfast, an experience which has shaped his life, and about which he has written in Paperboy and Breadboy. Tony has spent the last thirty years working for peace and reconciliation at home and abroad. In the 1990s he developed and implemented youth programmes on conflict resolution, and in 2008, following his experience of living and working on the peace lines, he developed a discussion paper proposing a process for the removal of the peace walls in Northern Ireland. Tony is also a writer and broadcaster and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio Ulster.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 26 Mar 2013
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Well worth reading I grew up in the area and remember the bread van and this book brought back happy childhood memories ....... keep writing Tony looking forward to you next book as I've enjoyed the last two so much well done
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5.0 out of 5 stars More buns than bombs or bullets 25 Mar 2013
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A great follow up to Paperboy. An accurate portrayal of life in 1970's Belfast, growing up as a young boy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 21 Mar 2013
By Susan
Format:Paperback
Pre ordered this book from amazon hoping to get it on the day of publication. The delivery was delayed so i cancelled it and bought it from waterstones in coleraine as i couldn't wait! Great read very funny book about growing up in Belfast. I laughed out loud while reading it. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars still a good read! 20 Oct 2013
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Loved the first book and was very pleasantly surprised to find this sequel. Just a fun read from cover to cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it !!! 4 Oct 2013
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Laugh out loud Belfast humour, this book is overflowing with it! As a veteran of the Westy disco I loved it and found myself reading parts of it to my husband. Brought back many happy memories and a few sad ones too. It gives a great insight to growing up in Belfast in the 70's. Looking forward to what happened next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All grown up.. not quite 18 Mar 2013
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I got the book at the launch in easons Belfast (sorry Amazon) A great sequel to the paper boy, documenting the next two years of Tony's not on the CV jobs. He has progressed in is career to being a bread boy working on the last Ormo mini van delivering bread around the Shankhill.

Again it highlights the "normalities" of growing up where you starting noticing girls, tryng to get a girl, spots, shaving or nearly shaving and trying to find you own identity in 1970s Belfast with shooting and bombs.

Best line was "You can't be ginger and wee and a bee gee". One point I would say was, no one knew who Luke Skywalker's father was until 1980 when Empire Strikes back came out. (Pedantic Pat).

Overall great book and well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable sequel 16 Mar 2013
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Nice one Tony. We've been waiting patiently for breadboy and it was worth the wait! If you enjoyed Paperboy you will certainly enjoy what the "Westy"crew done next! Laugh out loud moments or cringe worthy situations(and we've all been there!) The tears rolled down my cheeks. Having spent many hours with the author at YMCA Greenhill I can only say thank goodness the kids we had there didn't know about your first visit !!
Full of good old NI humour yet reminding us of how far we've come on this wee island of ours Breadboy is a must read -especially for the younger generation who thankfully and hopefully will never experience the "troubles" we lived through .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable sequel 16 Mar 2013
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Nice one Tony. We've been waiting patiently for breadboy and it was worth the wait! If you enjoyed Paperboy you will certainly enjoy what the "Westy"crew done next! Laugh out loud moments or cringe worthy situations(and we've all been there!) The tears rolled down my cheeks. Having spent many hours with the author at YMCA Greenhill I can only say thank goodness the kids we had there didn't know about your first visit !!
Full of good old NI humour yet reminding us of how far we've come on this wee island of ours Breadboy is a must read -especially for the younger generation who thankfully and hopefully will never experience the "troubles" we lived through .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reminder of home
If you are from Northern Ireland you will enjoy this book great read and reminds you of home so well written you could almost be there
Published 3 months ago by hazel loosemore
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil I a
Brilliant (so it was)!!!!!!So well told..Marvellous and typically Belfast life and humour, I have read two books now by this author and enjoyed them both so much and can highly... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Eileen P. Mclellan
3.0 out of 5 stars BreaDBOY
Quite a good follow up to The Paper Boy, some funny parts, but nowhere nearly as good as his previous book.
Published 8 months ago by Robbie Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars Memory lane
I enjoyed this so much it was full of typical Belfast humour and great insight into the political situation at the time I did wonder how we ever got a peace agreement
Published 11 months ago by Catherine Gibson
4.0 out of 5 stars great
As I lived during this tumulus time in Belfast(though not in the west of the city) I can empathise with some of the events. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jennifer Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
another fantastic book by this author full of laughs. wish he would write more of his growing up years.
I loaned it to my sister and she thought it was funny too.
Published 11 months ago by pollydawn
5.0 out of 5 stars breadboy
This was light hearted read. The innocence of a child growing up in the Belfast troubles. I would recommend this book perhaps only for irish folk which would be able to identify... Read more
Published 12 months ago by penny
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutley fantastic book,
I loved this book so much. It reminded me of my young days growing up in Belfast through the troubles. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars brought back memories
Loved this book, it made me laugh. It brought back so many great memories of growing up in Belfast in the 70's.
Published 12 months ago by Donna McGibbon
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down.
What a grand read. Read the Paper boy first and couldn't wait to read this follow on book.
Well written and took me back to some of my own childhood. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Derry
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