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Common People An Anthology of Working Class WritersCommon People is a collection of essays poems and pieces of personal memoir bringing together sixteen well known writers from working class backgrounds with an eual number of brand new as yet unpublished writers from all over the UKToo often working class writers find that the hu I have read and thoroughly enjoyed Kit De Waal's novels My Name Is Leon and The Trick To Time so when I saw that she was responsible for putting together a collection of essays poems and memoir centred around the subject of being working class I was VERY interestedWhen Unbound offered me an advanced review copy I jumped at the chance to read and review it  The front cover shows an illustrious list of 33 working class writers  Names which jumped straight out at me were Lisa Blower Cathy Rentzenbrink Damian Barr and Louise Doughty  I recently read and reviewed Lisa Blower's short story collection It's Gone Dark Over Bill's Mother's and absolutely loved it so I was particularly eager to get to her piece which I adored by the wayThis collection kicks off with a poem called Tough by Tony Walsh aka Longfellow and this perfectly captured the tone of the book and set the scene for what was to follow impeccably  I remember sitting next to my book trolley and just flicking through the book not actually ready to sit down and read it yet but devouring that poem and re reading it a couple of times to myself and thinking in fact knowing I was going to love the bookWhat followed for me was an almost perfect reading experience which struck so many chords within me and sparked myriad memories of my childhood that I felt like I'd been transported back in time  You see I live in the North of England had a working class upbringing and still consider myself to be working class Many of the essaysmemoir were centred around childhood and various aspects of working class lifeI can honestly say that bar one essay which I think went a little over my head each and every piece resonated in some way with me  I found comparisons to draw with my own childhood or adult life and if not there was nuggets of emotion that chimed within me anywayI obviously can't talk about every single story much as I'd love to I know they aren't 'stories' as such but I shall refer to them that way But I will just mention a few to give you a feel for some of the subjects touched uponDon't Mention Class by Katy Massey is the story of Katy's childhood growing up in Leeds as a half caste child of a single parent who makes her living in the sex industry Katy credits her education in marriage sex relationships and life in general to the various women who passed through her mothers brothel Aristotles The idea that most people now in her adult life consider her to have 'overcome' her working class northern upbringing is fascinating given that Katy herself doesn't see it as 'overcoming' at all rather her childhood 'constructed' her I love this sentimentThen we have Little Boxes by Stuart Maconie which details his childhood growing up on a purpose built housing estate Warrens of alleyways cut throughs and entries linking blocks of houses together Estate life with street names designed to give an air of intellect to the area Keats Avenue Eliot Drive Blake Close Milton Grove This immediately brought back memories for me having had grandparents who lived on one of these purpose built estates which they moved to when they were brand new in the early 60's Also with literary links Shakespeare Road Stratford Gardens Shottery Walks There is a paragraph in this story which struck me as oh so trueThere is no point telling working class mums that you 'had a nice lunch' or 'will grab something later' They will not let you sit in the house without eating; food euals love in houses where hugs and kisses are still awkward currencyPeoples relationships with food was a subject being talked about at work one day and I happened to have Common People in my bag I read the paragraph above out loud and so many people could identify with itOne story which really sticks in my mind is The Funeral And The Wedding by Jodie Russian Red The idea that the only two occasions in life where the whole of a family gets together is either a funeral or a wedding From deciding who's wearing what debating whether there will be a decent buffet worrying about who'll be there and whether there'll be any tensions between so and so and you know who Then of course there's the slightly hungover debrief the next morning the gossip the scandal It is of course entirely true that all extended family come together for these occasions and I've attended many a wedding and a funeral at our local working men's club to identify Again another piece of writing full of memories for meAs I said I can't possibly talk about all the stories but between life in a high rise flat where most interactions with neighbours begin and end in the lifts darts teams nights out at the dog track and life growing up in the Stoke potteries there is something for everyone hereObviously all the writing styles are different as you would expect but there is a common thread which binds them all together into one brilliant cohesive collection The thread of working class honour pride and determination And not just that also this idea that you can be from a working class background and be a writer of course you canThis is a beautifully curated collection and I can now fully stand by my bold tweet that the lovely Kit De Waal can do no wrong in my eyesNot only has this book stirred some lovely cherished memories it has given me a deep sense of working class pride Pride in my family my upbringing and the way I'm choosing to raise my own children in the hope they have lots of cherished memories tooI have spent time with some favourite writers and been introduced to some exciting fresh new voices which I will absolutely go on to exploreA stunning collection that I can't recommend highly enoughThank you to Unbound and Becca Harper Day for allowing me to read an advanced review copy Thank you also to the lovely folk who crowdfunded the publishing of this book

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Download Book Ì Common People An Anthology of Working Class Writers Å 320 pages ê Common People is a collection of essays poems and pieces of personal memoir bringing together sixteen well known writers from working class backgrounds with an eual number of brand new as yet unpublished writeOwn to learn to see with others’ eyes – without new working class voices without the vital reflection of real lives or role models for working class readers and writers literature will be poorerWorking class stories are not always tales of the underprivileged and dispossessed For the love ofA breath of fresh air to come across so many talented writers from working class backgrounds If course that isn't as monochrome as it sounds for there is everything here from political activism to criminal tendencies But throughout there is a recognisable voice of simple humanity without the vaguest hint of distaste for life's necessities

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Rdles they have to leap are higher and harder to cross than for writers from affluent backgrounds Common People will see writers who have made that leap reach back to give a helping hand to those coming up behindWe read because we want to experience lives and emotions beyond our What I wanted from this book was about the lives of the working class their hobbies dreams how they feel about work etc Not about the memories and activities of writers from a working class background I wanted the thoughts of the writer poet that doesn't work in London New York and barely lives from one month to the next I wanted the words of the stay at home mom or the family with 3 4 children and a small salary Not people marrying rich some of themI would have rather have real words from working people the majority of any country instead of nice words I gave it up after reading half