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Knock 'Em Cold, Kid [Kindle Edition]

Elaine Morgan
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Knock ’em Cold, Kid is the autobiography of award-winning Welsh writer Elaine Morgan.

Born in the Rhondda Valley in 1920, Elaine vividly describes the relationship between her father and mother as they coped with life on the dole. Her grammar school decided to groom her for the Oxford entrance exam and she entered Lady Margaret Hall in 1939. It was a very different world from the one she knew, but she enjoyed the experience.

In 1945 she married Morien Morgan, a Welsh schoolmaster, and embarked on a full time role of wife and mother when rationing was at its tightest and the housing shortage was acute. After 7 years as a housewife, she claimed some time for herself and took up pen and paper. Initially, the new medium of TV could not coax serious writers to feed it and so Elaine got in at the ground floor and started a prolific career as a TV dramatist. She wrote for programmes such as How Green Was My Valley (1975) and Testament of Youth (1979), winning two BAFTAs, two Writers’ Guild awards, the Prix Italia and the Writer of the Year Award from the Royal Television Society along the way.

In 1972, in a change of direction, she wrote The Descent of Woman, an account of human evolution seen from the perspective of the female of the species. This became a bestseller, and the next forty years of her life were dedicated to defending the controversial theory of the Aquatic Ape, as put forward in her book.

Knock ’em Cold, Kid is Elaine’s account of her life and looks at how her career and the Aquatic Ape Theory impacted on her family life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780882130
  • Publisher: Matador (2 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009L5JCTK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #287,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Elaine Morgan was born in 1920 and after studying at Oxford University worked as a television writer. In 1972 she published The Descent of Woman suggesting that human evolution had an aquatic origin. This idea was attacked at first by scientists but the book became an international bestseller. In the decades since Morgan's aquatic ape hypothesis has gained widespread support.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wales' greatest writer 13 Oct. 2012
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I downloaded Knock 'Em Cold Kid, last night and finished it this morning. I wish I hadn't been so greedy and prolonged my pleasure by reading it in small "bites" but I simply couldn't stop turning the pages.
I've been enthralled by Elaine Morgan's TV plays and scientific books for years, introducing my children to them as soon as they were old enough. This book is a masterpiece for so many reasons. Her style is so easy to read, it feels as though you're sitting in an "easy" chair opposite her at a Welsh hearth housing a roaring coal fire, but don't let the simplicity of her delivery fool you. Her words linger in the mind and have a profound and questioning effect. They certainly led me to re-visit and re-evaluate some of the decisions I've made in life.
Her working class background is that of many and not just those who grew up in Pontypridd, the Valleys and Wales. Reading them, you will discover just how far we have drifted from the morality and conventions our parents and grandparents took for granted. Elaine Morgan is testament to just how far brilliant intellect and hard work can take an ambitious child, yet the book is the work of an overwhelmingly modest woman. I could write so much more about the gems that await the reader but I don't want to spoil the thrill of discovery.
In short this book is a masterpiece, Elaine Morgan's autobiography - with the history of Pontypridd and a long vanished era in Wales and the world thrown in for good measure.
I only hope it receives the recognition it deserves, and not just in Wales.
Am I biased - you bet I am.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 16 Nov. 2012
By DaveW.
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I only recently heard that Mrs Morgan had published her autobiography and immediately downloaded it. I was not disappointed. Not only is it written in an easy to read manner but it sheds light not only on the writer and her life but also on how Valleys folk lived in the 20s. The writer is very honest about herself and this was refreshing.I think it is a great illustration of social history. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested, not only in finding out about the writer but also about how life was for 'working' folk in the 20s & 30s. She is an inspiration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 9 Feb. 2014
By Hominid
This may well be the 1st biography I've read. I only did so because I recently re-read one of the kind of books I normally read; The Aquatic Ape and felt inclined to find out more about its unconventional author, Elaine Morgan.

I'm so glad I did. For one thing I discovered that Elaine grew up near my home town with a childhood that must have been very similar to my grandparents. For another, it presents Elaine as an honest, talented, sincere and genuine person and the world could do with more people like her. It made me wish that I could have met her and had the opportunity to spend an afternoon talking about her life and work.

There are many appropriate quotes from this book, but I think the one that sums her up best for me is her description of why she thought her future husband had asked her out for a coffee;

"I assumed his intention was to point out the errors of my thinking, and I'm always game to let anyone have a go at that if they're feeling lucky. Sometimes I'm wrong and they're right and then I've learned something"

A lovely book about the life of a great human being.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Remarkable Story of a Remarkable Woman 19 Feb. 2015
By Ray V
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A highly entertaining autobiography by a most remarkable person. Elaine Morgan came from a poor and troubled family and became a radical activist, a scriptwriter for several popular television dramas, a journalist, and then an iconoclastic and original writer of popular scientific books. Her utterly charming character (I met her only once) comes through in the way she tells her story. The title comes from what one of her neighbours in South Wales said as she set off, rather nervously, to study in Oxford. Elaine Morgan died a little while ago in her 90s, and we miss her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elaine Morgan's Autobiography 4 Jan. 2013
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I know that Elaine Morgan started writing this autobiographywhen 90 years old and not well. I hear her voice in the writing... the humour and intelligence.

I just wish there had been more. And more about "Falling Apart" which although written in 1979 was so perceptive, the scenarios she puts forward are being played in all countries all over the world. It should be required readfing for all economists and planners everywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, inspiring woman. 30 April 2013
Having been a fan of Elaine Morgan ever since I read "The Descent of Woman" ten years ago I was eager to read her autobiography.

I was not disappointed. It was a pleasure from start to finish, written in a down-to-earth conversational style with a lovely humour throughout, as if she is simply sitting across the table from you enjoying a cup of tea and a chat about the good old days.

What is remarkable throughout is her modesty. It is obvious that she is a person of incredible intelligence yet her style is self-deprecating and she never takes herself too seriously.

Apart from all the above it's fascinating as an historical document, from her roots in a coal mining town with all the hardship and hardy attitudes to her time being a housewife in post-war Britain.

In short, a lovely autobiography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Sylvia Chilvers
4.0 out of 5 stars I found the book very interesting but I felt it ...
I found the book very interesting but I felt it lost drama and interest towards the end. Elaine Morgan was a very successful writer who has touched our lives in so many way... Read more
Published 5 months ago by marlene tapscott
5.0 out of 5 stars Knocked me cold ,it did
Extremely, enjoyable .One of the most readable biographies I have encountered .Elaine Morgan has lived a full and interesting life. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Phillip Terence Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating life story very well told.
Elaine Morgan in telling her own story paints an authentic picture of life in 'The Valleys' of her day and throws light on a remarkable career.
Published 20 months ago by Olle Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas pressie
Bought it for my mum as a Christmas pressie which I am sure she will enjoy, Always liked her articles in the western mail paper
Published 22 months ago by Gm Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Coal dust does not scar the mind.
I knew her and her husband who was a colleague of my husband at Pontypridd Boys Grammar School. She has such an enquiring mind and her view of man as an aquatic ape is very... Read more
Published on 7 Sept. 2013 by Mrs. M. A. Meredith
5.0 out of 5 stars She really did knock them cold.
Elaine Morgan has been my idol since i came across her wonderful account of the aquatic theory "The Descent of Woman" in the seventies. Read more
Published on 2 Aug. 2013 by Ami Hjorth
5.0 out of 5 stars Elaine Morgan's autobiography
Terrific book, wonderful writer, very down to earth which is probably
why I like the book so much. Read more
Published on 19 May 2013 by emell
5.0 out of 5 stars Knock 'em cold kid
Written by a true girl of the valleys. Great mun aye!
Having read Elaine Morgan's column in the Western Mail for some years, it was a real pleasure to read autobiography.
Published on 12 May 2013 by John Gough
5.0 out of 5 stars got it for my mum for xmas
the only reason why i used to buy the western mail on a friday
was to read the elaine has retired i dont buy it

I normally get to borrow the book... Read more
Published on 28 April 2013 by robert
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