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April 11, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

The People’s Book Prize – Spring Collection – Fiction – “The Good Son” by Paul McVeigh…

The Good Son By Paul McVeigh  Published by Salt Publishing Ltd
ISBN 9781784630232
Spring 2016

Set in Northern Ireland in the 1980s, The Good Son is a funny, frightening and ultimately moving story centred around Mickey Donnelly, a boy struggling to come of age against the backdrop of bitter and brutal surroundings.

Author’s Biography

Born in Belfast, Paul began his writing career as a playwright before moving to London where he wrote comedy shows, which were performed at the Edinburgh Festival and in London’s West End. His short stories have been published in literary journals and anthologies. The Good Son is his first novel.


“A highly commendable debut, convincing in its realism” Lesley McDowell, The Independent

“a truly affecting and absorbing novel.” Kellie Chambers, Ulster Tatler

“one of the most beguiling and endearing narrators I have encountered in a long time. McVeigh and The Good Son are destined for prizes.” Phil Clement, Structo Magazine

“The effect is often very funny and then touching; the injustice of a line spent half in fear, the pleasure of a life lived half in laughter.” Jane Graham, The Big Issue

“The Good Son is bursting with action, love, loss, betrayal and so much more” Culture Northern Ireland

“You will completely fall in love with Mickey.” Anna James, We Love This Book

“This novel envelops the reader with its humanity and its down-to-earth humour leaves you laughing.” BookTrust

“The Good Son has a warm heart, and had this reader hoping against hope that somehow Mickey will survive” Clariss Burden, The Tablet

“Heartbreaking … gripping” The Guardian

“poignant, chilling, alarmingly real” The Irish Times

“revelatory and stunning” The Hu‑ffington Post

Read an extract, read reviews or buy this book here or come and see the rest of the Spring collection at The Peoples Book prize

home pageThe People’s Book Prize is the unique literary competition that is judged by the nation and open to all UK publishing companies.

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