I recently read Tony Macaulay’s memoir about growing up In Belfast; “Paperboy – An Enchanting True Story of a Belfast Paperboy Coming to terms with the Troubles.” I grew up horizontally West of Tony, in North Donegal. Derry was our weekly shopping place and like Belfast, it was being blown apart during that time, so I could relate to his story.
Tony’s stories brought back memories..maybe different to his, since he seemed to have a great love for the Bay City Rollers, whereas myself and my school mates despised them! The BCR were huge when I was in secondary school. The girls went around in their tartan scarves, wrist bands and even sewed tartan on the bottom of their jeans and parallels. I did like Showaddywaddy though and I am sure many more English bands to which Tony listened.
There is a lot of humor in “Paperboy.” One of my favorite parts was when he doses his “jimmie joe” in Brut aftershave, so he did! Readers who are not that au fait with Irish vernacular, especially Northern Irish /Ulster slang, may not be sure of some words, but I think you will still get a good gist of the story. I’m very much looking forward to reading the next two books in the Trilogy.
Well done, Tony!