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"What 'S' had to offer was constancy...",
This review is from: Clever Girl: Growing Up in the 1950s (Paperback)
Having read Brian Thompson’s earlier book Keeping Mum which described his childhood – very far from ordinary – I thought I’d try the next episode in his series of autobiographies. The title is somewhat misleading since we don’t find out very much about the girl called ‘S’ who is obviously the girl of the title. Instead, we are given more of his own life, throughout which he gets a scholarship to attend Cambridge University. He does well, but I was disappointed in the level of information we are given about his studies. He is curiously reticent about this side of his life and one feels he rather plays down his success.
In common with many young men of that time he was enrolled almost as a matter of course in the Army and spent a year or two in Africa, where he met Idi Amin, as slippery a customer then as his later exploits might predict. We get a little about Thompson’s social life, but it doesn’t quite feel like the real thing. He has edited out anything too alarming, one feels.
This is an okay read, without being truly informative. It is pleasant, sometimes quite amusing, but doesn’t really come up with the goods. It feels careful, unsurprising and a bit – so what?