Hello and welcome back to You Wrote the Book, with Simon Savidge. Each fortnight Simon is joined by a special guest author to discuss their life as a writer and as a reader.
This episode Simon’s special guest is the author Paul McVeigh, whose main character in his debut novel The Good Son will entertain you make you laugh and possibly break your heart. Mickey Donnelly is smart, which isn’t a good thing in his part of town. Despite having a dog called Killer and being in love with the girl next door, everyone calls him ‘gay’. It doesn’t help that his best friend is his little sister, Wee Maggie, and that everyone knows he loves his Ma more than anything in the world. He doesn’t think much of his older brother Paddy and really doesn’t like his Da. He dreams of going to America, taking Wee Maggie and Ma with him, to get them away from Belfast and Da. Mickey realises it’s all down to him. He has to protect Ma from herself. And sometimes, you have to be a bad boy to be a good son.
Simon had the pleasure of interviewing Paul about The Good Son at the start of his writers retreat in Ireland where he interrupted his peace and quiet to discuss The Good Son, Mickey, the Troubles in Belfast of the 80’s and much more. They started off by talking about just what exactly he was working on at the beginning of his rip away writing.
Over the next few weeks Simon will be joined by Ruth Ware, Joanna Cannon and Michel Faber. If you have any questions for the authors, would like to suggest authors you think Simon should be getting on the show, or simply want to have a natter about books, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on twitter @youwrotethebook.
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