5.0 out of 5 stars
Funny and a great read, 15 Oct 2013
I especially enjoyed this book as it held quite a resonance with my own childhood as the child of a trade union official (and communist). I also have a great many ties with Liverpool and so it was great to be able to hear how things had changed (not necessarily for the better) and gave me an appreciation of what my parents would often say about how the 1960's new architecture had ruined many places. I loved Alexei's description of himself as a child and teenager - and I could really see how so many of the characters he portrayed in later years (especially The Young Ones) were as a result of his time growing up. He's a great comedian and now I have to say a great writer. He really does write as he talks and that made this book such a great read.