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A Job on the Line

Desmond Barry

‘The atmosphere in the house was thick with my father's depression.’

My father worked for twenty-eight years in the Hoover washing machine factory in Merthyr Tydfil. In South Wales at that time, when most labour was hard, physical, badly paid and often dangerous, people said it was a good job.

Desmond Barry

Desmond Barry is the author of three novels: The Chivalry of Crime (2001), A Bloody Good Friday (2002) and Cressida’s Bed (2004). His work has also appeared in the New Yorker.

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