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Paperboy: An Enchanting True Story of a Belfast Paperboy Coming to Terms with the Troubles Paperback – 24 Nov 2011


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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.

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 in 2013 and has generated similarly high levels of critical acclaim and praise in Northern Ireland, the UK, Ireland and further afield.

Tony's new book 'All Growed Up' will be published in September 2014.

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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‘A wholly delightful book’ Irish Independent

‘An enchantingly-written story of a young boy coming to terms with the world around him; a very readable romp that will appeal to nostalgic and curious readers alike.’ Verbal Magazine

About the Author

Tony Macaulay grew up in the 1970s at the top of the Shankill Road in Belfast, an experience that has shaped his life and inspired his writing. Following a successful career as a paperboy, he has gone on to spend over 25 years working for peace and reconciliation both in Northern Ireland and abroad. He is Managing Director of Macaulay Associates, specialising in community development and conflict resolution. Tony is also a writer and broadcaster and has been a regular contributor to BBC Radio Ulster for 10 years. He lives in Portstewart with his wife, Lesley, and their two daughters.

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