People They Ain’t No Good

I came across this heartfelt cover of Nick Cave’s ‘People Ain’t No Good’ on the end credits of ‘Damned’ – Jo Brand’s very dark comedy about social workers. I had to add it to the tracklist for my WIP, ‘Emmet and Me’, about children’s homes in Ireland in the 1960s. It’s ideal for creating the right atmosphere to write by.

And ten-year-old Emmet and his friend Claire would definitely agree with the sentiment of the song’s title.

Camille O’Sullivan & ‘People Ain’t No Good’ Live Version  

Sara’s debut novel ‘Not Thomas’ – a story of child neglect, love and hope, shown through the eyes of five-year-old Tomos – is published by Honno Press in paperback and as an e-book, and is available to buy direct from the publisher, from Amazon and from bookshops.




4 thoughts on “People They Ain’t No Good

  1. Carol Lovekin

    Wow! I don’t know this song, Wendy – it’s amazing. And an intriguing intro to Emmet & his friend Claire. I’m sensing more tissues… xXx


  2. Glad you like it, Carol. I’d come across Nick Cave’s own version before but hadn’t heard this one. I love it! Yes, my new WIP will probably be a weepy like the last, although I haven’t written the sad bits yet. I’ve got to gear myself up for that! xxx


  3. Wow – your WIP sounds VERY VERY intriguing, Sara! I haven’t listened to the song yet, but I definitely will! :)))

    Good to see an update, my dear!


    p.s. Remember how I kept mentioning the Welsh author Paula Brackston? She created a YouTube channel last week – if you have time, check out:


    and “Writing Characters – Part 1” (not that you need this info. but it’s always interesting to learn about other authors’ techniques)


  4. Thanks, Dyane! I saw your link to Paula but I haven’t had a chance to view it yet. I’m sure it’s going to be very interesting as she’s another author living here in Wales!
    I hope your jaw is healing well and you can finally eat again now. I’m so glad to see you on here!
    Take lots of care xxx


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