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The Centre of the Bed Paperback – 21 Jun 2004
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Mesmerising (Caroline Gascoigne, Books of the Year, Sunday Time)
A beautifully written, fascinating glimpse into the childhood and personal life of the woman who was one of the pioneers for equality for women in the BBC. (Lesley Pearse, Daily Mail)
She has the rare ability to observe her life from a semi-detached position and to lace her own story into the social history of our times (Michael Cockerell, Daily Mail)
Few can match Bakewell for the qualities that abound in her book: class and composure and a deeply unfashionable concern for more than her own career. (Lesley White, Sunday Times)
Wise and wry (The Times)
Bakewell's level-headed discussion of her ambivalent response to the tag (the 'thinking man's crumpet') makes fascinating reading...as does her calm but moving account of her lengthy affair with Harold Pinter. (The Sunday Times)
Like the devil in the Rolling Stones' song, Joan Bakewell was everywhere at every stage: reporting on the Cuban missile crisis, interviewing Allen Ginsberg and Vaclav Havel, taking chunks out of the Berlin Wall when it fell...draped in the kaftan of Sixties sophistication...her evocations of grief [are] powerful and honest. (Independent on Sunday)
vividly believable and tinged with sadness...a tender, unshowy memoir (Casilda Grigg, The Telegraph)
Joan Bakewell's superb autobiography is honest and intriguing, but it is also beautifully-written...Contemplating her gender, Cambridge, politics, ideas, she appears charming without being self-righteous. Well conveyed is the tension she felt between seizing opportunities finally available to women like herself and the enduring expectations of motherhood and the perfect family. (The Observer)
The memoirs of a legendary figure in TV and the arts, beautifully written, honest and fascinating.See all Product description
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Enlightening to hear the views of one who grew up in the 30's & 40's and felt the benefits of stability and financial growth during the post war years, along with the shift in British attitudes towards national economic stability, family finances, the church and women. It also charts the development of tv and radio broadcasting during her career, and the changes in strategy (good & bad) during that time.
A thought provoking read.
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