Maria Fusco

Who does not envy with us is against us
Broken Sleep Books, 2023

Who does not envy with us is against us

Who does not envy with us is against us is my new book of essays about growing up working-class. Published by Broken Sleep Books, an independent working-class outfit.

"I love this book with my entire life and beyond. Fact that I grew up a thousand miles south of Belfast, but, days after reading, feel like I’m - or should be - from there is testament to Fusco’s analytic and lyric genius, and her ability to move and affect. Fusco mobilises a previously unnamed mood shared by the international, intergalactic working classes, I’ve never seen anything like it. Read this book." Isabel Waidner, Corey Fah Does Social Mobility

"[Maria is] better than Orwell" Peter Shukie in MAGNORTH

Who does not envy with us is against us is a collection of essays on working-classness that demonstrates Maria Fusco's exceptional talent for weaving together the analytical and the poetic to create an affecting and profound work. With expressive prose, Fusco deftly captures the experiences of the global working class, illuminating emotions that unite them across borders and lines. This is a tribute to the resilience and tenacity of working-class communities, and an invitation to readers to join in a deeper understanding of their struggles and triumphs. Through her masterful storytelling, Fusco utilises the power of language to elevate the voices of those who have long been silenced, creating a symphony of words that will echo long after the final page.

ISBN 978-1-915760-86-9
Published 30 June 2023


Launches & Readings
13.08.23  Edinburgh International Book Festival
23.11.23  Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
22.02.24  Blackwells, Manchester [hosted by The Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester]
23.02.23  Burley Fisher Books, London
29.02.23  John Smiths Bookshop, Glasgow [part of University of Glasgow's Creative Conversations]