Enormously attractive memoir of a working- class childhood in the 1930s by Bryan Magee- journalist, academic, philosopher, radio and television broadcaster, member of parliament and writer.
Bryan Magee has had a many-sided career. In the 1960s and 70s he worked in broadcasting, as a current affairs reporter on ITV and a critic of the arts on BBC Radio 3. At one time he taught philosophy at Oxford, where he was a tutor at Balliol College. His best remembered television programmes are two long series about philosophy- for the first he was awarded the Silver Medal of the Royal Television Society, while the book he based on the second was a bestseller. From 1974 to 1983 he was Member of Parliament for Leyton, first as Labour, then as a Social Democrat. He is now a full-time author and this book is his twentieth. The others have been translated, altogether, into more than 20 languages.
There are times when all the reviewer needs to write is "Read it,
love it!" -- Arnold Wesker * Guardian *
Marvellous...riveting...it hits you with a shock of recognition -- Libby Purves * Midweek *
A complex and compelling evocation of a vanished world * Observer *
A lovingly detailed verbal map... This is vivid and highly scrupulous autobiographical reportage * Financial Times *
Next volume, please * Sunday Times *