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My Fault [Paperback]

Billy Childish
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9 Jun 2005
Born into the emerging middle classes of the 1950s, Billy Childish takes us on a nightmarish voyage through a childhood blighted by mental and sexual abuse. Stumbling onward into adolescence he lays bare a young man's desperate attempts to make sense of a world distorted by alcohol, bullies and yes men, This striking first novel, or 'creative confession', is at turns hilarious and harrowing. Laced with lindes of unforgettable peotry it is that rare and wonderful thing - a book which had to be written.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; New Ed edition (9 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753510618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753510612
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A self-made intellectual of a particularly English stripe, Mr Childish has sworn loyalty to populist art at its rawest." (The New York Times)

"Britain's greatest cultural asset." (Guardian)

"Raw, unmediating, bruisingly shocking." (Daily Telegraph)

"Terse, gutsy and powerfully humane." (Time Out)

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Many books have spoken of the human shadow but precious few have the courage to speak straight from its heart. With painful honesty, Billy Childish does just that and, in the process, grows flowers from the dirt. Seething with wonder and disgust, this volcanic novel sheds lights on the 'lie of the family'.

Born into the emerging middle classes of the 1950s, Billy Childish takes us on a nightmarish voyage through a childhood blighted by mental and sexual abuse. Stumbling onward into adolescence he lays bare a young man's desperate attempts to make sense of a world distorted by alcohol, bullies and yes men, This striking first novel, or 'creative confession', is at turns hilarious and harrowing. Laced with lindes of unforgettable peotry it is that rare and wonderful thing - a book which had to be written.


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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Billy's classic 1st autobiograhical novel exposes his troubled childhood/adolescence in a frank & totally honest, yet brutal way. From the sexual abuse by a family friend as a child through to the day he beat his father up, this book is a compelling read & will make you laugh & cry in places.
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3.0 out of 5 stars His fault? 18 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback
Steven John Hamper has written in his own highly personal writing style.

I found it a tough read. I did like the truth of it. But I didn't like the writing style.

Katy Scott
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Sexercise yourself into shape
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My fault by Billy Childish is simply the best English noivel written in the twentieth century, the lyrical flow and honesty of the central character, narrator, is equal to both Allan Sillitoe's Saturday Night Sunday Morning and Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano. The book takes you through the childhood of a dyslexic, working class boy. The disfunction, disassociation and allienation of the character is perfectly caught, it comes across as a mixture between the childhood books of Jack Kerouac, his evocation of the Chatham of the seventies equal to Kerouac's Lowell and, inevitably with a novel about an adolescent boy, Catcher in The Rye. The other novel that it most resembled to me was Bukowski's childhood memoir/novel Ham on Rye. Childish is a better novelist than Bukowski and his political and moral force is harder. When a dopey lying book like The Strange Case of the Dog in the Night is being praised so widely a book like this that tells the truth about growing up needs to be read. If you haven't read this you don't know nothing about literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yewburt's Special Review 13 Mar 2000
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Blunt. Candid. Even crude could depict Childish's writing. The man is honest and so is his book. Masturbation, punk rock, contemporary thinking, and druggie fantasies line this work to make it interesting to punky kids like myself. Read it. It'll knock yer socks off.
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