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About The Book
We read because we want to experience lives and emotions beyond our own, to learn, to see with others’ eyes.
The 32 is a celebration of working-class voices from the island of Ireland. Edited by award-winning novelist Paul McVeigh, this intimate and illuminating collection features memoir and essays from established and emerging Irish voices including Kevin Barry, Dermot Bolger, Roddy Doyle, Lisa McInerney, Lyra McKee and many more.
Too often, working-class writers find that the hurdles they come up against are higher and harder to leap over than those faced by writers from more affluent backgrounds. As in Common People – an anthology of working-class writers edited by Kit de Waal and the inspiration behind this collection – The 32 sees writers who have made that leap reach back to give a helping hand to those
coming up behind.
Without these working-class voices, without the vital reflection of real lives or role models for working-class readers and writers, literature will be poorer. We will all be poorer.
Each country has their own amazing writers and artists, but if you don’t take a deeper look you can’t see all of them. That’s why I was so interested in this anthology book; living in Ireland makes me appreciate more the people living here and the way to see life.
I think this is a book for discovery and reflection, to listen to all these stories and make them yours, because these stories will make you think.
As I said this is a book of discovery, because there are so many new voices that you’ll love the stories. I can assure you that it will make you want to read more of them and discover who is the writer behind, some are big names some will be; but they all have an interesting story to share.
I can’t only choose one story to tell, because all of them make me think; childhood, love, dreams… all have a deeper part that will make you connect to them, even cry.
It doesn’t matter what type of books do you normally do; fiction, non-fiction, thriller, sci-fi… this is a book you’ll love, you’ll read again and again and want to talk about. The stories are too real and human to forget them.
About The Author
Paul McVeigh’s debut novel, The Good Son (Salt, 2015), won the Polari First Novel Prize and was named by Kerry Hudson in the Observer as one of the ‘exceptional working-class novels from the last few years’. He has twice won the McCrea Literary Award and has toured the UK and Ireland with his plays and comedy. His short stories have appeared in the Irish Times, Faber’s Being Various and Kit de Waal’s Common People anthologies, on BBC Radio 3, 4 and 5, and Sky Arts. Paul was fiction editor at the Southword Journal, co-edited the Belfast Stories anthology and co-founded the London Short Story Festival.