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Someone Like Me: Tales from a Borrowed Childhood [Hardcover]

Miles Kington
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3 Oct 2005
Beloved broadcaster and writer Miles Kington's account of an endearingly eccentric childhood has everything - a lovable narrator, a mother who is constantly on her deathbed, a gadget-obsessed father and a flamboyantly theatrical older brother. SOMEONE LIKE ME is a collection of enchanting musings on life from the fringes of a sometimes roundabout, often perplexing but always entertaining adult world in which the incidents and accidents of dog training, borrowed lawnmowers, badminton, figs and unlikely brushes with the Catholic Church combine in the most original and laugh-out-loud funny book you'll have read in decades.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (3 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755313569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755313563
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,023,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'charmingly skewed memoirs' -- Independent on Sunday 'A most engaging book... I suggest you ration yourself to three or four chapters a sitting. The fare is on the rich side' -- Spectator 'Kington is adept at evoking the small details of post-war life... SOMEONE LIKE ME is a souffle rather than a steak-and-kidney pudding: less sustaining...but agreeable all the same' -- Sunday Times 20051023 'SOMEONE LIKE ME may prove to be one of the autobiographies of the year, except I suspect that most of it is highly fictitious. A loving portrait of a gloriously eccentric family' -- Independent 20051023

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Miles Kington is a broadcaster and Journalist as well as the author of the popular LET'S PARLER FRANGLAIS books. His regular column for the Independent has earned him a huge following.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Warm and witty 3 Sep 2007
By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a sweet book- it's the mostly-made-up story of a boy's family experiences from an early age, up to the point that he leaves for University. It's told as a series of short anecdotes, most of them only a few pages long, most of which work as stand-alone pieces though they have a loosely flowing narrative and a handful of running gags as you go along.

The family is warm, witty and very endearing. There isn't a lot of variety or a particularly outward look to the stories- most of the stories are simply recountings of conversations had at the kitchen table- but it's flooded with ideas, and little social satires about British life and family life. It wouldn't surprise me if, like me, you see something of your own mother and father in the characters.

It reminded me of Spike Milligan's autobiographical writing, but without quite as many puns. Warm-hearted and very readable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read 2 May 2009
By Gracie
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Having loved reading Miles Kington's column in The Independent for many years, before his way too early demise, I was intrigued to read a whole book by him. What a joy! Not the usual list of achievements in his career, but a peep into his extraordinary, slightly eccentric childhood. It concentrated on the main four family members, Mum, Dad, Brother and himself, with the most wonderful detail, I wanted to be part of that group. I laughed out loud continually at his hilarious stories, and was disappointed to finish it. I would highly recommend this book, whether you have known about him previously is not necessary, just enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Hillarious - You NEED to read this book 9 Aug 2009
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The funniest autobiographical book i have read in a long time. Not a tradional lay out as it jumps time periods, it is written like the author is telling you the story personally & had me in tears laughing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious 25 Sep 2013
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this was a gift for someone else but the bit I read was hilarious, I thoroughly recommend it. A very good read
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