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Memoir of a Fascist Childhood: A Boy in Mosley's Britain Hardcover – 20 Jan 1998


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd; First Edition edition (20 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434004677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434004676
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 17.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,039,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1957, at the age of 17, Trevor Grundy addressed what remained of Oswald Mosley's Union Movement in a rally in Trafalgar Square, London. The Movement was the nearest thing to a Fascist Party that England has ever seen, and its story, and that of Grundy's indoctrination into its ranks, is the subject of Memoir of a Fascist Childhood.

Encouraged by a father imprisoned for his support for Mosley during World War II, and a mother who confused Mosley with Jesus in an attempt to hide her own origins, the young Trevor grew up in a household resembling a bunker, defined by bigotry, repression and paranoia. But as Trevor's story unfolds, it also becomes a moving account of the tensions and secrets that lie at the heart of most families, as the young man wrestles with a love for his mother which comes into increasing conflict with his gradual disillusion with the Movement.

Memoir of a Fascist Childhood is a frank and fascinating story of the remarkable politicisation and polarisation of post-war Britain, as Trevor moves from the austerity and unrest of the 1940s to the liberalism of the 1960s. Very powerful, very disturbing, and at times very funny, this must have been an extremely difficult book to write, inspired as it was by the death of Grundy's father in 1991. But the anguish is worth it; this is a fine book. --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerald L on 16 Jun 2014
Format: Hardcover
The book gives a strange insight into the workings of Union Movement. Although Mosley often tried to portray it as just another party, hated by the establishment because of its honesty and radical ideas, the book shows this was not the whole story.

Even the cameo roles of Lady Mosley receiving flowers from the author's sister show UM was more than just an academic exercise. It was a living group of members bound by similar ideals, and like any group it attracted fanatics as well as the well meaning. The ending is a shock to the author, not quite fully explained to himself, or perhaps not even capable of rational explanation.

It is easy to read and fully credible. At the end he is disillusioned, Mosley had little regard for the 'old members.' Only 3 attended his funeral and he did not even read their Christmas cards despite the discrimination they must have suffered as supporters of him. It is a lesson to us all perhaps never to be fanatical even about our most cherished ideals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fred on 21 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most searingly honest and remarkable political memoirs I have read. It conveys with great seriousness but also with considerable humour the pressures put on us when we are young to conform to all manner of ideologies, but also demonstrates how with courage the shackles of inheritance can be cast off. Human, insightful, remarkable ...
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This book sheds fascinating light on British fascism under Mosely and on the beliefs of his followers.
The ending is astonishing. Well written, well worth reading, well worth owning
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 1999
Format: Paperback
A fascinating story of the daily life of a member of an ordinary working-class fascist family. Much of the drudgery of daily politics (with which I am familiar as a long-time left-wing activist) was totally familiar, but the voices of the ordinary member of the far-right (or even the right) is something that is just never heard. I suppose it is publishable because he 'turns good in the end' but if you haven't guessed that..."
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By m. dosa on 13 Jan 2013
Format: Paperback
a fascinatingly drab book,another journalist publishes his distinctly easily forgotten memoirs.of slight interest if only to show the boredom of being involved in a tiny movement
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