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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Merlin Publishing (10 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907162054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907162053
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 677,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tony Macaulay is a Northern Ireland writer, management consultant and peace builder. He was raised at the top of the Shankill Road in West 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. He has applied his experience and learning into leadership development and management of change and transition in many voluntary, public and private sector organisations.

Drawing on his experiences growing up in Northern Ireland, Tony 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 humour. 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 Macaulay has performed book readings at a range of respected literary festivals including: Aspects Literature Festival, Edinburgh Book Fringe, Belfast Book Festival, Dublin Book Festival and "Scribes at the West" at Féile an Phobail. He has also been a guest literary speaker at the Celtic Cultural Alliance, Lehigh University and DeSales University in Pennsylvania, University of Denver, Colorado and Goshen College Indiana. In 2012 the W.B. Yeats Society of New York invited Tony to present a reading of Paperboy in the National Arts Club as part of the 1st Irish Festival.

Tony Macaulay reading Paperboy'Paperboy' was picked up by the publishing giant HarperCollins and has now been published 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 latest book 'All Growed Up' was published in September 2014 and was acclaimed as Book of the Week by The Irish News.

In 2013 and 2014 he performed a series of readings from his books at the New York Irish Center as part of the 1st Irish Festival.

As a prominent writer, journalist and broadcaster, Tony has contributed to many of Northern Ireland's leading radio stations including Downtown Radio and BBC Radio Ulster.

In 2014 Tony was asked to present the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards to young people from Northern Ireland on behalf of the Earl of Wessex.


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'This is a wholly delightful book, shedding a new and kindly light on the Shankill and those who live there.' --Irish Independent , April 17, 2010

From the Publisher

'This beguiling memoir will charm the socks off you and frequently make you laugh out loud'

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr Ulster on 31 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
Tony Macaulay is a respected professional community relations and youth worker based in Belfast. For example, he has written independently, "A discussion paper proposing a five phase process for the removal of 'peace walls' in Northern Ireland".

This book is his story of being a 12-year-old paperboy, living in the Shankill area of West Belfast. I, too, was a 12-year-old paperboy, but that's where my shared experience starts and ends.

Tony so well tells his story. It is actually difficult for adults to write in the prose of childhood. The retrospective voice is usually readily apparent. But here in Paperboy, you really do see the world from this boy's experiences.

It's a world of not quite comprehending the sectarianism and violence around you, and doing your best to get on with what really matters to most 12-year-old boys -- your mates, your music, and earning some pocket money to spend on your girlfriend.

And just like a youngster, there are key words that regularly reappear in the dialogue -- Sharon Burgess, "the only pacifist paperboy in Belfast", Bay City Rollers, "so I was".

Indeed, Tony writes in the local vernacular so well that the only criticism could be that he didn't include a glossary! This Yank has lived here long enough to not need one for Paperboy (!), and some phrases like, "God love the wee dote" probably pass without translation, but me thinks Tony should provide one for the American edition ("Och, ballicks!"). And/or subtitles when the film comes out!

Amidst all the humour, though, there is the reality of the environment that Paperboy grows up in. He notices more and more "peace walls" -- "... we were brilliant at walls in Belfast -- they were going up everywhere, higher and higher, all around me".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dixie on 28 July 2010
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Excellent memoir, funny but with a number of poignant moments. A real insight into the life of an ordinary boy in working class Belfast during some of the worst times of the Troubles. If you were a Bay City Rollers fan you will also enjoy the re-telling of their visit to Belfast to play a concert there. For any Northern Irish child of the 70's it brings back memories of long gone things like spangles and snake belts, not to mention the great fashion of the time! Dr who fans get a look in too.
You don't need to know much about Northern Ireland but this book will give you an insight into the humour and stoic nature of the people of Belfast during some very dark days. A very human book - really worth a look.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Malcomson on 26 April 2010
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I grew up in the troubles and this book transported me right back to my childhood.It gives a true potrayal of that time as not everthing was about bombs and bullits we were actually all groing up, with all the same growing pains as the rest of the world.I loved this book Toney,s style of writeing was funny,warm and detailed, you dont need to have growen up in Northern Ireland to enjoy this book just get it and you will see for yourself.............
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Yes, having grown up in this era, I can tell he really does get it right, and he awakened some great memories for me.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Xandalree on 9 Jun. 2010
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This is a good book but I'd question the accuracy of some of the things mentioned in it. My wife grew up in the same area, around the same time as the author & she reckons that some of the things mentioned in the book didn't take place exactly as written by the author.
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