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Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now: My Difficult 80s: My Difficult Student 80s Paperback – 20 Jan 2005
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If you read the first part of his autobiography, "Where did it all go right" you will also enjoy this book.
I launched into the book not expecting much, just for a simple and easy read. It is easy to read but it's hard to stop laughing at some of the chapters! The book builds up and, for me, got funnier. It maybe the authors intension or it may just be me but I was laughing so hard towards the end of the book.
The part about the author and his friend reluctantly going back to mum and dad after their accommodation's high ceiling comes crashing down was wonderfully written. And his psycho girlfriend and their differences, we've all know a girl like that!
Don't expect to be bombarded with eighties references, that's not the point of this book. Its a simple story of struggling away from home and entering the real world.
An extremely enjoyable, easy read!
It is of it's 1980's period - self conciously cool, posturing and mocking. He seems a genuinely nice bloke but I suspect empathy was not his strong point then, and still appears somewhat lacking now. The title is misleading in that his 'difficult' times were nothing of the sort that many late teens go through, but were comfortably cushioned by his middle class happy upbringing and a retreat to halls when things got tough. To his credit he does acknowledge this with mildy self mocking deprication.
Recommendation? Worth one read only so don't buy it, loan it from your local library for a bit of fluffy holiday reading that will occasionally raise a smile in pained recognition of your younger self.
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