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Initial post: 4 Aug 2009 17:55:48 BDT
Woofit says:
If you want an honesty and compelling narrative buy 'Falling And Laughing-The Restoration Of Edwyn Collins' by Grace Maxwell. I could not put this down as Grace, his partner, recounts 'their' battle to recover from his serious stroke. I cried and laughed out loud as joined them on this challenging journey to cling onto normality in the face of such adversity. Excellent, truly excellent.

Posted on 13 Aug 2009 22:08:13 BDT
jill says:
I'll get it out of the library

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2009 11:03:34 BDT
Frik Larssen says:
i'm going to give it a go too. bored with my current read and run out of ideas.

Posted on 7 Sep 2009 12:09:08 BDT
Liz says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2009 19:43:26 BDT
jill says:
Childhood trauma: ker-ching. Got a white cover featuring b+w close-up photo and pastel, quasi-hand-written title by any chance?

Posted on 30 Sep 2009 09:00:59 BDT
P. Murray says:
Try a nice book called Precious Moments ISBN 978-1-84748-601-1

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2009 18:31:33 BDT
B. Cooper says:
Harsh but oh so true. Nothing has disturbed me more in recent weeks than seeing a dedicated 'Tragic Life-stories' section in WHSmith, all the books looking the same, each trying to out horrify the last.

I blame Dave Pelzer.

Posted on 5 Oct 2009 12:26:39 BDT
I cannot recommend "The earth hums in b flat" by Mari Strachan more strongly. It is a quite wonderful
post 2nd world story, set in a village in North Wales. It involves several families, the post war effects on them, and, more importantly, the children. Very incisive and insightful writing.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2009 12:31:19 BDT
I could not agree more. this trend in this form of writing is debasing the subject.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Oct 2009 11:11:02 BDT
Scott J says:
I have just read "A Cheerful Depression" and found it well written, flowing and a good read. It is a moving story about depression and I found it increased my understanding of the condition. The author has been open and candid about his feelings and reactions to situations. Definately worth a read.

Posted on 20 Oct 2009 09:56:20 BDT
Millyc says:
Try Narrow Margins by Marie Browne, struck by such sudden change in circumstances this could easily have been a 'misery memoir' but the author and her family obviously weren't going down without a determined fight to be positive about everything and It made me laugh so hard I got shushed by an elderly gentleman on the bus.

Posted on 27 Oct 2009 15:08:49 GMT
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CP James says:
Terence Frisby's 'Kisses on a Postcard', a touching, and at times very funny account of him and his older brother Jack, aged seven and eleven, as WWII evacuees to the Cornish hamlet of Doublebois. There they lived for three years with `Uncle Jack', a former Welsh miner with good old-Labour views, and his warm-hearted wife `Auntie Rose'. A charming, uplifting book. Kisses on a Postcard: A Tale of Wartime Childhood

Posted on 7 Nov 2009 10:59:35 GMT
gilly8 says:
Do I get thrown out of here if I mention a fictional autobio???? The best thing I've read in a fact I turned around and read it a second time as soon as I finished it: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. It is written in the "voice" of the dog who is the main character. But I don't know when I FELT the reality of the main character in the way I did in this book. Its NOT just a dog-lover's book; and most importantly, its not a sweet and sentimental dog story either....a beautifully written book that I have to recommend to everyone who likes to read a really good, well written story.

Posted on 7 Nov 2009 14:03:36 GMT
The business family autobiography of the year has to be Peter Thornton's Thorntons - My Life in the Family Business. Not a boring business memoir - but a riveting book of intrigue that you won't be able to put down. Can't recommend highly enough.Thorntons - My Life in the Family Business

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2009 18:50:36 GMT
C. Lennox says:
this sounds like one that I would like to read as my son had a bout of depression .Can you tell me the name of the author?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2009 19:15:57 GMT
sharon says:
sounds good whats the name of the author have you read all in the mind by alastair campbell-brilliant!

Posted on 7 Dec 2009 14:53:44 GMT
Nix says:
Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools

This is the complete opposite and will make you laugh your socks off!

Posted on 15 Dec 2009 14:28:40 GMT
Cormac Mac says:
The Dark Place, by crime writer Sam Millar

Posted on 18 Dec 2009 19:27:31 GMT
Noir Fan says:
Have to agree with Cormac Mac. The Dark Place by crime writer Sam Millar.

Posted on 21 Dec 2009 21:26:56 GMT
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Posted on 12 Jan 2010 04:59:26 GMT
A crowded heart was a great recent amazon find - it's not new though, but beautifully written and very moving. Based in Greece.

Posted on 14 Jan 2010 12:01:49 GMT
One book that is impossible to put down is Sehdev Bismal's Dream Interrupted. Have a look at my review as the other two reviews. A review could not really do it justice - you'd have to get into the text. It would be an enriching experience for anyone who reads it. Margaret van Lierop

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2010 12:39:12 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jan 2010 12:45:02 GMT
I don't know what to think about that. Tragic life stories as a genre. My agent calls them "misery memoirs" and I think that may be what they are known as in the trade.

Posted on 13 Mar 2010 18:38:28 GMT
connie cymru says:
I can recommend Raindrops in the Sun by Marged Llewelyn, an uplifting, sensitively-written account when the writer endeavours to make sense of a childhood fraught with difficulties and isolation caused by her parents' divorce. A book with humour - the chuckling kind as well as laugh-out-loud. A book with the feel-good factor. I sense there should be a follow-on book or even two, to continue the story.

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