The Good Son Best of 2015

The Good Son makes another Best of 2015 list – this time from author and book blogger Lindsay Bamfield. Thanks Lindsay.

That makes 2015 quite a year from my debut novel which was…

Shortlisted for The Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ Prize.

An ELLE Magazine Best Books of 2015.

The Irish Independent Top Reads of 2015.

One of The Reading Agency Staff Picks Best of 2015.

Wales Arts Review – Fiction of the Year.

A Gransnet Best Christmas Read for 2015.

Savidge Reads and Pam Reader Blogs Books of the Year.

Here’s what Lindsay said:I’d read about Paul’s debut novel on his blog as well as number of terrific reviews. I was attending the No The Booker event at Big Green Bookshop, so intended to buy a copy. After hearing Paul read an extract I was well and truly hooked. An original and authentic voice that took me there, to Belfast in the 80s, spending a troubled summer with Mickey – wanting him so very much to achieve what he hoped for.”

If you fancy a copy then about the only place with any first print editions left is Waterstones online. Alternatively, you can buy the e-reader edition at Salt. The new print will be available mid-March.

Thanks everyone and hope your new year is going well.




The Good Son in Top 12 of 2015 Pam Reader Blog

Thanks to Pam Reader for including The Good Son in her Top 12 Novels of 2015 list on her fantastic blog. A lovely way to start the year.

“If you choose to invest in The Good Son, you can do so in the knowledge that you are in the hands of an accomplished storyteller. Prepare to laugh and cry as Mickey Donnelly takes hold of your heart and never lets it go until the last page.”



The Good Son makes SavidgeReads Best of Year List

A lovely way to end the year by making it onto Simon Savidge’s Best of Year list; in some  mighty fine company too. Here’s what Simon had to say…

“If I told you that you should really read a book set during the Troubles in Ireland which throws in poverty, religion, sexuality and violence, both domestic and political, you would probably look at me in horror, which is why The Good Son is such a brilliant book. It has all of those elements in their unflinching rawness and yet with Mickey’s voice and cheeky sense of humour McVeigh gives us an image of an incredibly difficult and fractured time in some sort of rainbow technicolor whilst with a very black and white viewpoint. It is something I have not experienced before and I thought it was marvellous. It also gives us hope.”

Simon writes the influential Savidge Reads blog and is also the founder of The Green Carnation Prize. Head over here to read his other favourite books of the year.


‘The Good Son’ Best of Year in Independent

“Paul McVeigh’s The Good Son gave us one of the most engaging protagonists of the year in 10-year-old Mickey Donnelly, who occupies a space between whimsy and horror in Troubles-era Ardoyne.”

The sensational Irish writer Lisa McInerney (The Glorious Heresies) choses ‘The Good Son’ as one of her picks of the year in the Irish Independent. Have a look at the top picks from the cream of Irish authors including Colm Tobin and John Boyne.

Hope you’ve had a great Christmas.


Canadian author Lauren B Davis choses ‘The Good Son’ as one of her 10 Best of 2015.

Canadian author Lauren B Davis choses ‘The Good Son’ as one of her 10 Best of 2015. I’m in very good company too- EL Doctorow, John Williams, Anthony Doerr… ! Thanks Lauren. Here’s a snippet.

“This book is astonishing. It’s hard to believe this is a first novel, it’s so good. A masterful combination of tragedy and humor, stirred into a batter of scathing social commentary. Paul McVeigh is a writer we’ll be hearing a great deal from in years to come.”

You can read the rest here.



Bristol Short Story Prize Best Collections of 2015

I love short stories. I love reading them, writing them and watching them being read by their authors. I work at Word Factory short story salon in London and love the short story community it has been a beacon for.

I Co-Founded the London Short Story Festival with Spread the Word and that was like diving into a short story pool and swimming in them for a few days.

The Bristol Short Story Prize asked me to pick my best collections of this year – a very difficult thing to do – and I made some choices and a hot pick for next year. You can see my picks and the those of some fantastic writers and short story champions here. There’s 5 short posts – check them out for top picks.