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The Irish Times celebrate Paul McVeigh’s The Good Son

Paul McVeighThe Irish Times have published two pieces to start their Book Club month celebrating The Good Son by Word Factory’s Associate Director, Paul McVeigh.

You can read the original 17-year-old short story ‘What I Did On My Summer Holidays’ which was the inspiration for the novel.

The second piece, Go Easy On Me, is a companion to the story, explaining the move from plays to prose and the evolution of the story into a novel. It also talks about using humour in dark situations and everyday swearing!

The Good Son, his first novel, was Brighton’s City Reads for 2016, shortlisted for The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, a finalist for The People’s Book Prize and longlisted for the Polari Prize. It was also shortlisted for The Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ Prize in 2015. Paul won the McCrea Literary Award in 2015.

The Good Son has also been selected from 160 books by The British Council and The Literary Platform to be one of twelve that will be part of The UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016.

Throughout July, The Irish Times will explore The Good Son from many angles, not just with Paul but also with contributions by several other well-known writers, including Lisa McInerney, winner of the Baileys and Desmond Elliott Prize; Laura van den Berg, whom Salon.com called “the best young writer in America”; Alison Moore, Booker-shortlisted author of The Lighthouse; Lucy Caldwell, winner of the Dylan Thomas & Rooney Prize; Danielle McLaughlin; Paul Burston, author of seven novels and founder of The Polari Salon & Prize; as well as Sarah Hutchings of City Reads Brighton; Paul’s agent, Carrie Kania; and his British and German publishers, Jen Hamilton-Emery and Lena Luczak.

The month will culminate in a podcast in which Paul will discuss his novel with Martin Doyle, assistant literary editor of The Irish Times. This will be published on July 31st and recorded at a public event in the Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin, on Tuesday, July 19th, at 7.30pm.

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