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Common People
Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers | Kit de Waal
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Working-class stories are not always tales of the underprivileged and dispossessed. Common People is a collection of essays, poems and memoir written in celebration, not apology: these are narratives rich in barbed humour, reflecting the depth and texture of working-class life, the joy and sorrow, the solidarity and the differences, the everyday wisdom and poetry of the woman at the bus stop, the waiter, the hairdresser. Here, Kit de Waal brings together thirty-three established and emerging writers who invite you to experience the world through their eyes, their voices loud and clear as they reclaim and redefine what it means to be working class. Features original pieces from Damian Barr, Malorie Blackman, Lisa Blower, Jill Dawson, Louise Doughty, Stuart Maconie, Chris McCrudden, Lisa McInerney, Paul McVeigh, Daljit Nagra, Dave OBrien, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Anita Sethi, Tony Walsh, Alex Wheatle and more.
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Cinfhen That‘s a stellar lineup!!!! 🙌🏻 4mo
squirrelbrain 👍😁♥️ 4mo
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#everykindapeople

#ayupaugust

Read this recently, thanks to @TrishB and @arlenefinnigan - really liked it!

Cathythoughts Oh I have this on kindle too I think ... sounds really good 4mo
TrishB Of course I was going to do this one 😂😂 . It was a good, awareness raising read. 4mo
squirrelbrain Of course I knew that @TrishB - why do you think I did mine so early! 🤣🤣 @Cathythoughts - it‘s very good! 4mo
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Cinfhen I like Kit de waal but I‘m not sure I‘d understand/ appreciate this collection of stories because I‘m from the US! What do u think?? (edited) 4mo
arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen I think you'd like it. Obviously a lot of the cultural references are very British but it's more about people's experiences, how they feel about being working class, the positive and negative experiences. 4mo
arlenefinnigan @TrishB post it! It needs the publicity! 4mo
TrishB @arlenefinnigan I have another one ready now! 4mo
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Loving this collection of short stories so far!

I could relate to ‘Misspent Youth‘ as I used to be able to beat all the boys at pool, in ‘Don‘t Mention Class!‘ I get deducted 10 points for being a Northerner and then....

This was my actual school!

The author was there quite a few years before me though.... but still fascinating when you see it in print.

TrishB That‘s so cool 👍🏻 it‘s a fascinating collection! You will definitely recognise things if your school is in there. 5mo
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Some of these stories were like shots of my childhood. Some have made me think a lot. Thanks @arlenefinnigan for putting this book on my tbr and I did notice your name in the back 👍🏻

arlenefinnigan Yirrss. Loved this, glad you did too. 5mo
squirrelbrain Sounds interesting - stacked! 5mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain kindle still 99p 😘 5mo
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squirrelbrain Bad Trish! Bad Helen! 😘 5mo
TrishB @arlenefinnigan I could literally see and taste some of those stories. 5mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain you‘re welcome ❤️ 5mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻. I have this too ... must get to it 5mo
RachelO What @cathythoughts said! Why haven‘t I read this yet? 5mo
CarolynM Less than $3 on kindle here so I've just bought a copy.🙂 5mo
TrishB @CarolynM it‘s very U.K. based, but still some insightful stuff. As with all collections some are great and some aren‘t! 5mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts @RachelO too many books 📚 5mo
CarolynM 👍 I'm a dedicated Anglophile - I'm pretty good with UK social/political references 5mo
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This is brilliant, best book of the year so far. A much-needed collection of working class voices telling their own story. Some pieces are gritty, some are poetic, many are very relatable, some tell grim stories that you're grateful aren't yours. An absolute must read.

TrishB Love it when I go and check prices and it‘s on offer #99ponkindle thanks 👍🏻 5mo
arlenefinnigan @TrishB ooh excellente 5mo
Cathythoughts Nice one 👍🏻. I just picked up on kindle too. Thanks @TrishB 5mo
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TrishB @Cathythoughts cool 👍🏻 5mo
jhod Ooops me too @TrishB @Cathythoughts 😁 5mo
TrishB @jhod yay 👍🏻 5mo
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Making best use of the common space #BooksAndBooze

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Happy Thursday everyone

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Funnily enough it was their treatment of football fans that made me lose respect for the police too.

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YAS ✊

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Been really looking forward to this

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