- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; First Edition; 1st printing. edition (25 Jun. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845134311
- ISBN-13: 978-1845134310
- Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 3.3 x 20.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘A wonderful book… if it does not become a bestseller my plans to leave the company will go into overdrive’(Andrew Martin Daily Mail)
‘Rogers has produced one of the most delightful books crafted by an author for whom English is not the first language...fascinating and affectionate’(Independent)
‘A star writer…On every page there is a strange incident, a funny anecdote, a striking image’(Daily Telegraph)
‘One of the wittiest volumes of memoirs in recent years [by] one of the finest and funniest national newspaper journalists in Britain’(Scotsman)
‘Endearing and very funny’(Craig Brown Mail on Sunday)
About the Author
Byron Rogers is a Welsh journalist, essayist and biographer. He has contributed to The Times, the Sunday Telegraph and the Guardian, and was once a speech writer for the Prince of Wales. He is also author of seven books published by Aurum, including: An Audience With an Elephant, one of several collections of his journalism; The Man Who Went into the West, a critically acclaimed biography of the iconic twentieth century Welsh poet, R. S. Thomas, which was awarded the James Tait Black Prize for Biography in 2007; and The Last Englishman, a biography of the quintessential Englishman and celebrated novelist J.L. Carr. Me: The Authorised Biography, was published in 2009. His most recent book is Three Journeys. He currently lives in Northamptonshire and Carmarthen.
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I can't remember when I last read anything that gave me so much pleasure or made me laugh aloud so often. There were passages, too, that moved me closer to tears than laughter - one about Rogers's father, another about a friend who went mad and died young.
'Me' is immodestly titled because, the author explains, someone once tried to steal his identity and the book is his way of reclaiming it. But it's as much about the characters Byron Rogers has encountered - first as a child in Nonconformist Wales, then as a journalist in Sheffield and London - as it is about the man himself. Among them are Mrs Jepson, curator of a freak show including The One-Eyed Pig with the Elephant's Nose; the Last Man to See Lord Byron; Dr Crippen's mistress; and the Prince of Wales.
Byron Rogers was still writing regularly for the travel section of The Daily Telegraph when I joined it. Although we've spoken on the phone a few times, I don't think we've ever met. His byline never appeared on a piece from overseas; he didn't need to travel far from his front door in Northamptonshire to find something worth writing about and worth reading. He could, and did, make even the job of a railway timetable compiler into a compelling read - as I discovered recently when combing the Telegraph archives for a book on great rail journeys; a book that, coincidentally, will be published by the company that publishes Rogers.
He hasn't written for the Telegraph in ages, and I'm not entirely sure why.Read more ›
The first thing to say is it's a wonderful autobiography. Whilst only half way through, I bought a copy for my Welsh brother-in-law. I concluded that the only thing that might make it more enjoyable would be a Welsh ancestry for added resonance and recognition. That said, although Byron Rogers calls it an autobiography, much of the book is devoted to other people. The first chapter quite brilliantly describes how, in the 1980s, Byron Rogers started to receive lurid and explicit letters from women who were in awe of his sexual prowess. A man, with a case full of Bryon Rogers' press clippings, was passing himself off as Byron Rogers. From this surreal and amusing opening, the book rewinds back to Byron Roger's childhood and then, over the course of the rest of the book, meanders back to old age.
The main theme is just how much things have changed in a generation or three. This is a topic that always fascinates me. The book is full of wonderful vignettes that illustrate this change.Read more ›
Let's begin with Byron's beginnings. His beginnings as Lesson One in a masterclass of column writing. For professionally at least he was a columnist first and - despite his winning of the James Tait Black prize for his biography of RS Thomas - a columnist foremost too. Roy Greenslade, whilst writing about the 1990s in Press Gang, his absorbing post war history of the British press and its press barons, says, `Personal or domestic columns - pejoratively called `me' columns - ... became common".
Byron predates this era by more than a quarter of a century: `From 1965 to 1968 I wrote a column in a Northern evening paper...For five days a week, 1500 to 2000 words a day, I wrote about myself in the Sheffield Star. I was twenty-three."
A pre-`me'-columnist and as colourful in his columns as the Pre-Raphaelites in their paintings, there was never anything `common' about Byron. Or his beginnings. Those vital first sentences which hook the reader.
Here are a few openings from some of his collected columns, also published, in four superb little volumes.
`Jagger was late. He was three quarters of an hour late was Jagger.' (The Jumping Jack Flash Who Never Was. A Rolling Stone - skewered, slow roasted and devoured with relish.)
`The saddest pictures I ever saw hung in a saloon in Tombstone.' (The Real Thing. A man comes face to face with the destruction of his boyhood film images of the Old Wild West.)
`There is a point in the British Museum, beyond the last display case, where a man might think he had entered a Victorian lunatic asylum.' (The Secrets of Cupboard 55.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A beautiful, beautifully-written story of a very interesting life. The authorial voice is charming and it is a shame that Byron Rogers isn't more well known generally. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D.R. Boothby
This is an entertaining autobiography written by an accomplished writer. The final chapters covering his marital circumstances were a bit confusing - was Byron rushing to meet a... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Silurian
read the book found it fascinating - a whole new look on village life what a lot he has donePublished 22 months ago by david aked-walker
I enjoyed this autobiography although it rambled on towards the end. The best part for me was his West Wales childhood perhaps because of my own East Wales child hood some years... Read morePublished on 7 May 2013 by Olle Jones
This is a very interesting book, well-written and immensely enjoyable at an anecdotal level. The Welsh background was brilliantly sketched in as one might expect, but the curious... Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2011 by Paul N. Newman
That says it all, really. Funny, moving, quirky, this is a book that makes you feel happy just reading it. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2010 by Julie Welch
This reviewer had enjoyed Byron Rogers' quirky contributions in 'Saga Magazine' over the years, so was delighted when he realised that this quietly humourous Welsh man had finally... Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2010 by Mr. R. French
I find the book very humerous, although some parts are a little explicit but knowing the author so well it does not surprise me. I hope he carries on writing. Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2009 by Mrs. Janis A. Williams
There's a photograph on page 211 which shows the author dressed as a cowboy, grinning at a woman with whom he is in some sort of pre-line-dance clinch, or perhaps it's a... Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2009 by Hugh Williams