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Paperboy lives in Upper Shankill, Belfast, in the heart of the conflict between Loyalists and Republicans. Bombings are on the evening news, rubble lies where buildings once stood, and rumours spread like wildfire about the IRA and the UDA.
But Paperboy lives in a world of Doctor Who, Top of the Pops and fish suppers. His battles are fought with all the passion of Ireland's opposing sides - but against acne, the dentist, and the "wee hoods" who rob his paper money. On his rounds he hums songs by the Bay City Rollers, dreams about outer space, and dreams even more about the beautiful Sharon Burgess.
In this touching, funny, and nostalgic memoir, Tony Macaulay recounts his days growing up in Belfast during the Troubles, the harrowing years which saw neighbour fighting neighbour and brother fighting brother. But in the midst of all this turmoil, Paperboy, a scrappy upstart with a wicked sense of humour and sky-high dreams, dutifully goes about his paper round. He is a good paperboy, so he is.
Paperboy proves that happiness can be found even in the darkest of times; it is a story that will charm your socks off, make you laugh out loud and brings to life the culture, stories, and colourful characters of a very different - but very familiar - time.
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By Kim C on 04-11-17
Perfectly captures the innocence of the young people who were growing up in the midst of "the troubles" My husband was a paperboy and then on a bread truck.in the exact same years snd his mom was even a seamstress. Only difference was he grew up on Falls Road. Same experiences yet a universe apart. We both loved the book.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Scott&Scott (aka Romentics) on 05-17-17
Bad Quality Recording; Remarkably Uninteresting
What was most disappointing about Tony Macaulay’s story?
The quality of the recording was terrible -- repeated lines, broken words, guitar sounds between chapters that were too loud relative to the recording. Beyond that, the story could have been any childhood in the 70s. It was littered with banal pop cultural references, and the central paperboy story didn't resonate at all. If this was meant to illustrate the ordinariness of childhood in a extraordinary (and extraordinarily violent) time, it succeeded. But ordinariness does not a compelling narrative make!
How could the performance have been better?
Professional sound control with a professional reader.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Macauley spent some time on structure, ensuring that certain jokes -- however weak -- persisted through the narrative.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By RJG on 04-18-17
loved it , I could relate to the story line as I was paperboy too in Belfast in my younger days.
I hope that he publishes his other novels in audio version soon
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Christine M Tse on 07-15-18
Lovely and funny story!
Entertaining story well narrated by the author. Gave me a really rich sense of what it might have been like to be growing up in west Belfast in the 1970s—a funny, insightful, and charming audiobook.