Common People

Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Short Stories & Anthologies
Paperback Published on: 01/05/2019
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Common People
What a gorgeous and heart warming nostalgia trip. This book speaks to me on so many levels and really shines a light on the intelligence, humour, resilienc... READ MORE
Rosy at Doncaster
Common People
In a class of its own
Class is always a contentious issue. We are becoming increasingly open to recognising self-identification when it comes to gender, we are able to realise t... READ MORE
Jane Skudder
Common People
Essential Reading
A fantastic celebration of life as part of the working class. Debunking the myths and assumptions, with stories full of humour, love and hope. A must read... READ MORE
Angie at Blackpool


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 O’Brien, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Anita Sethi, Tony Walsh, Alex Wheatle and more.

  • Publisher: Unbound
  • ISBN: 9781783527458
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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Common People
Landmark anthology
This fantastically entertaining anthology celebrates working-class culture and sub-cultures while asking how they largely disappeared from British literary... READ MORE
Josie Turner