Clever Girl: Growing Up in the 1950s Paperback – 13 Sep 2007
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'A wonderful book, by turns heartbreaking and deliriously funny.' -- Diana Melly, Sunday Times
'Almost every page contains an observation so baldly funny that you will wish to commit it to memory.' -- Simon Garfield, Observer
'An enchantingly eccentric and entertaining book.' -- Tom Rosenthal, Daily Mail
'Deft and humorous... [Brian Thompson has] an Alan Bennett-like ear for the incongruous.'
-- Joan Bakewell, Guardian
About the Author
Brian Thompson was born in Lambeth, London in 1935. After vigorous rescue remedies applied by two grammar schools, he read English at Cambridge. Since 1973 he has written for a living as a radio and television playwright and documentary film maker. His first volume of memoir, Keeping Mum, was published by Atlantic in 2006. He is also the author of several acclaimed biographies including A Monkey Among Crocodiles and The Nightmare of a Victorian Bestseller. He lives in Oxford.See all Product Description
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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?
Thompson writes well , but then you would expect someone who spent three years reading English at Cambridge to be able to string the odd word together , wouldn't you ? This is a book I have no doubt many people will thoroughly enjoy . It is good , my problem is that I ended up not liking the main character , our author . As for the 'Clever Girl ' I think Thompsons father was probably correct when he voiced the opinion that 'S' was too good for his son . Unfortunately she is a ghost presence throughout the books pages , the anonymous face of the cover illustration.
I will follow this writer.....better than fiction.
His description of National Service should be required reading for Future NS suggestions !!
The title is subtle . Maybe it might better served with some adjustment in that area.