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Mackem Mayhem [Kindle Edition]

Robert Wood
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‘The child is father to the man’ is a familiar enough phrase. For Robert Wood it contains a psychological truth. Raised in the Forties and Fifties by an improvident father who never got over the war, and with a mother classified as paranoid schizophrenic, his temperament crystallized early on – impulsive, excitable, needy, impatient. Trawling back through his life to try to make sense of it certain events and episodes demanded to be captured. There is his father’s return from the war. Then, growing up in Sunderland, he has to negotiate, among others, a tough offal-eating grandfather who introduces him to football, a tricky Welsh chapel grandmother who his father cannot forgive for “palming off” her daughter on to him, and some thuggish grammar school masters. Later he attends two universities and takes his young family on an insane bunk to Jamaica. For this Mackem there was mayhem all right but amid all the hurt, the frustrations, the bewilderment, the embarrassment, the anger and shame, the sister who crumbled after their parents’ early deaths, there was love; given and received.

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As a work of literature it is a gem. -- SUNDERLAND ECHO, April 29 2005

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 152 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LY2MNI
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,354 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Robert Wood has been a researcher, an academic and a business psychologist. Whatever he has written he has enjoyed doing, perhaps especially the three novels comprising the Moving Deckchairs trilogy. Mackem Mayhem is an autobiography about growing up in the North East and incidentally about a stint in Jamaica. In the late Sixties and early Seventies he attended the University of Chicago, living in an apartment just down the road from where Barack Obama would grow up. Taking off in the summer was imperative but with Illinois plates marked 'Land of Lincoln' was it a good idea to take a trip down south to places like Chattanooga? Imagine the reception. Then there were the 'dry' one-horse towns where the one horse left last night and where prohibition hadn't ended, never mind the Civil War. But he and his family survived and having written the technical stuff (his first book appeared when he was 27) and his memoir and his novels and his short stories he now writes walking books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Intriguing 12 July 2005
By Nixette
As a native of Newcastle I was a touch reluctant to launch myself into an autobiographical tale about a Sunderland boy. But not to worry, I was quickly drawn in to those experiences of childhood which we rarely talk about, but bind us together and shape us as human beings. I found that I could relate to the author's story despite differences in age, in gender, and most importantly, in football allegiance.
This is an interesting and intriguing book, interesting in what it reveals and intriguing in what it hides.
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