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3.0 out of 5 stars nope, this is a very bad book, 12 Mar. 2011
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Think of each and any cliché ever produced about life in 1950's Britain - especially those derived from black and white films. It is here in this book, at the rate of about ten to a page. (Not always well placed - 1960 was not "ration book Britain" and Norman Wisdom was no threat to the Beatles.) Think of a kind or loveable person who might have lived at that time. No such person appears in this book, apart from the author, though he does allow a few grotesque females have amused him. He hates his grannies! There is a kind of chirpy, tabloidy verve to the writing. I suppose the comedy lies in its sub-Little Britain disdain and horror. And I thought (for a brief moment), no one who loved Vesta curries can be all that bad. But it is rubbish book, and it was only my superstitious determination to finish any book I started got me to the end. God, I hated it.
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Initial post: 10 Oct 2012 19:50:10 BDT
Varlesh says:
...yet gave it 3 stars?

Posted on 1 Apr 2013 19:01:58 BDT
The sixties had only just finished with ration books, and the cliches about the 1950s are there because they're true. Possibly life was rougher in Glasgow, but films infected our worldview and coloured our lives. I guess you won't be reading the sequel then! BTW, 'Paperboy' won the Green Carnation Award for best memoir, but you can't please everyone.

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