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I urge you to read this book,
This review is from: Paperboy (Hardcover)
Paperboy by Christopher Fowler.
Reviewed by Stephen Groves
First I would like to say how much I enjoyed reading the biographical story of the early life of Mr Fowler, as I am not a great reader of biographies myself and tend to find them heavy going and sometimes boring. Believe me no worries on that count here. This is a book that evokes memories of a 1960 lonely suburban London boy with a passion for reading and dreams of being a writer, living with the fashions, toys, attitudes, household products, strange foods and films and television of the time, a must for readers born in those years and it also handily explains them to those who were not.
The inventiveness and imagination of Christopher Fowlers childhood, the rebellion of youth, the mistakes and experiences all causing the reader to turn the next page, I finished this book in two sittings so enthralled had I become with the Fowler story.
This book has that rare power to transport the reader to long forgotten memories and experiences of their own life as Mr Fowlers family life unfolds. Many parts of the book made me laugh out loud remembering the fads and home DIY, the eccentric relatives and some made me just reflect upon the poignant intimate family moments. The mother who encouraged her son's dreams of being a writer is both moving and inspiring, small acts of courage and sacrifice by parents hidden amongst the daily chaos of family life and a difficult marriage.
The relationship between father and son is explored with those moments of lost chances and in the latter part of the book simple acts of love, compassion and understanding that hit home hardest. This book should be made into a film - it's the Billy Elliot for writers !
I simply urge you to read this book.