Book Review: All Growed Up, What Bread Boy did at University

Tony MaCaulay: All Growed Up, What Bread Boy did at University

All Growed Up: What Bread Boy Did at University This is the third book from Tony in a series that charts the course of his life. Tony writes with a fluid colloquial narrative, and takes the reader on a hilarious journey from local bread boy in the Shankill to the dizzying heights of Ulster academia. As the local boy made good, Tony takes you into the heart of Northern Irish culture and family life in the 1980s. Tony captures the strong family bonds and community that existed in seeming normality, despite the cultural turmoil of the time. It is a nostalgic trip, and Tony uses Northern Irish sayings and phrases that seem like artefacts, relics of a lost culture. Tony dons boots, leg warmers, and a buffed-up New Romantic hairstyle, taking us on a frightening trip through gaudy eighties culture, tackling The University of Ulster’s intellectual elite. His attempts to establish his intellectual and musical identity are side-splittingly funny. Returning to the family nest, he tackles ma on feminism and granny on the philosophical underpinnings of Coronation Street. The book takes on a more serious note as Tony explores his spirituality and his first ventures into love, with the quirky narrative resuming as he sets off on his quest for work. All in all, the book is a funny heart-warming tale of a journey from boyhood to manhood, nostalgically reflecting a time of stronger community and a less secular world.


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